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A Podiatrist’s Perspective On Slippers And Ugg Boots

When we jump out of bed in the morning we often don’t want to feel the cold timber floors or tiles so we put our slippers on.

Or,

At the end of the day after you’ve been walking around in those hard, uncomfortable work shoes we just want to take our shoes off and put on something more comfortable like our ugg boots and slippers!

While your slippers and ugg boots might be soft, cushioned and keep your feet warm, what happens if they are doing more damage to your feet then you may think?

When looking at slippers you will notice that they often have soft flexible soles, the material that makes up the shoe is also soft and flexible and the soles of the shoes have little to no grip. So why is this an issue?

Firstly any shoe that does not provide you with adequate support will result in your foot being able to move in any direction which over time can cause your muscles and tendons to lengthen.

As a result of your muscles and tendons lengthening, your feet can start to roll inwards, which may not appear to be a big deal but it can result in pain occurring and over time affect other structures of your body including increased pressure on your ankles, legs, knees, hip and lower back.

Another reason that slippers should be avoided, especially in elderly patients, is that there is an increased risk of falls occurring. Nearly all slippers have very little grip on the bottom of them, which over time becomes a hazard on floors such as vinyl, tiles and floor boards. Slippers worn by elderly people also increase the risk of tripping as the slippers are not fixed to their feet with Velcro, laces or buckles and instead you are able to just slip them on and off.

To avoid risk of pain and falls occurring it is important that you don’t wear your slippers on a daily basis for activities such as walking, shopping and even running. Always make sure that even when at home you either walk barefoot or with a more structured shoe to avoid these things occurring.

This article was written by Lauren, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Lauren either give us a call or book online and select ‘Lauren’ as your practitioner.

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What Is The Best Exercise To Benefit Your Foot Health?

Our feet carry us all day and it is important to look after our feet. This is easily done on a daily basis and your feet will thank you for it!

 

  1. Roll foot on golf ball while watching tv at night, to help relax your foot muscles.

 

  1. Foot stretching before getting out of bed, move your feet up and down and around in circles. This will help warm up the feet and stretch them out before putting your heel straight on the ground when getting out of bed.

  

 

  1. 1 legged stand – hold for 15 seconds, swap legs and try this 3 times, this will help strengthen all the little muscles around the ankles and in the foot, in addition will help with balance. (If you find this difficult, hold onto a chair or a door frame)

 

In addition, it is important to stretch and warm up before participating in physical activity. If you are getting any pain or discomfort in your lower legs or feet during exercise, one of our friendly podiatrists will help you get to the root of the issue.

 

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How Does PACT Work Against Fungal Nails?

PACT is a treatment we do at Podiatry HQ to help treat fungal nails, it is a photodynamic therapy that is safe and painless.

 

How does PACT work?

 

PACT is a photodynamic therapy, the interaction between the light and the photosensitive agents (PACT gel) work to produce an energy transfer and local chemical effect. This then causes bacteria, viruses and fungi to be destroyed on the skin surface and on the nails.

When coming in for a PACT appointment firstly we debride the nail and reduce the thickness of the nail to allow for the highest penetration of the gel (PACT gel).

 

Secondly, we apply PACT gel to the affected nail and surrounding skin. This gel is applied for 10 minutes prior to light application.

 

Thirdly, we apply the PactMED LED light to each affected nail for 9.5 minutes.

 

And lastly, we remove the gel and clean the nail.

 

PACT is a safe and effective treatment that has no known contra-indications, however on the rare occasion it is stated that the PACT gel can cause an allergic reaction.

 

It is important to note the PACT treatment will not change the way the nail looks but will help kill the fungal nail infection and allow the nail to grow out healthy.

 

If you are suffering from a fungal nail infection, don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Podiatry HQ and find out more about our PACT treatment and what would work best for you.

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Reference:

 https://www.briggatemedical.com/PACTmed_Brochure.pdf

What Shoes Do We Wear On Our Feet During Summer?

Without a doubt come summer time I always get asked “what shoes do you wear during summer?” Often the answer is… you guessed it, THONGS!

As we all want to avoid wearing closed in shoes that make our feet sweaty, hot and uncomfortable it’s an easy choice to want to throw on a pair of our trusty thongs.

So why don’t we like you wearing thongs?

Typically, when wearing thongs, you may notice that as your feet are exposed they will often dry out causing calluses and cracks to develop especially on the heels as a result of the harsh temperatures and dry heat. Over time if left untreated, this could lead to deep fissures causing pain and potential infection to occur.

With all open toed shoes, you are more at risk of stubbing your toes or tripping over as your feet will try to grip onto the shoes to enable you to balance. In doing this it can also lead to the toes clawing with over time causes the muscles within your feet to become restricted.

The majority of thongs are made out of flexible materials that often provide no support, with a thin strap that attempts to hold your feet in.

So what is the solution if thongs are so bad for your feet!

Shoes such as Birkinstocks or Archies could be the perfect option for you! They are a more sensible, comfortable and podiatrist approved shoe that provides you with comfort and support for your arches!

It should be advised that it is recommended that you speak to your podiatrist prior to buying any of these shoes to ensure that they are suitable to your foot type and needs.

This article was written by Lauren, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Lauren either give us a call or book online and select ‘Lauren’ as your practitioner.

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Why Do Women Commonly Have More Foot Problems Than Men?

 Women more commonly present to the Podiatry clinic with foot concerns than men. Some factors that can predispose women to this are footwear and attending nail salons for pedicures.

 

Footwear:
Women’s fashion footwear in the current market provides little to no support for foot function. They are often ill fitting and place a higher level of stress through the foot. While men’s shoes typically have a wider toe box, fastenings and greater ground contact surface area, the opposite is noted in most women’s shoes. High heels and ballet flats are two of the most commons women’s fashion shoes. These two types of shoes in particular demonstrate problematic characteristics for good foot health.

 

High heels:
The smaller contact surface area, elevated heel height and narrow toe box of this shoe type place greater stress on the forefoot and alter the natural gait cycle significantly. The smaller surface contact area and forward shift in the bodies centre of gravity place most of the bodies weight onto the ball of the foot. Common pathologies linked to long term use of high heels include: bunions, corns, callus, toe deformities, Achilles tendonitis and plantar plate tears.

 

Ballet flats:
Ballet flats may seem like the lesser of two evils when it comes to women’s footwear, but this is not the case. Soft soled shoes with no fastenings and little structure to the shoe also cause harm. This type of shoe is often harder to keep on your foot and allows for excessive foot motion in those with pronated foot types. Often digital deformities, heel pain, calluses and pathology due to poor foot posture are associated with this type of shoe.

 

Nail salons:
Attending nail salons is often something women do to pamper themselves but there is a risk associated. Fungal nail infections and ingrown toe nails are common in those frequenting nail salons. Booking a medical pedicure with a Podiatrist is one way to avoid such risk while still enjoying the benefits of a pampering treatment.​

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Why Podiatrists Tell You to Dry Between Your Toes?

Have you grown up with your parents telling you to dry between your toes or has your podiatrist advised you to make sure you dry between your toes after showering?

Have you wondered why?

The reason is this. It is important to dry between your toes or not apply cream between your toes due to the moisture staying between the toes and not being able to soak in or evaporate.

This can cause the skin to become macerated, white and breakdown. Which can be uncomfortable, cause a nasty smell and in some cases is an entry portal for infection – this can either be bacterial or fungal. In most cases fungal infections are more common to get, and can become itchy and uncomfortable.

Therefore, it is important to make sure you dry between your toes after showering or going to the pool, if you are unable to reach your feet, try standing on a dry towel for a longer period of time. In addition, it is important to apply a cream to the feet daily but don’t apply the cream between the toes.

If you are suffering from an issue between your toes or any other foot and lower leg issue or would just like some advice on how to best take care of your feet, don’t hesitate to give us a call. One of our friendly podiatrists will help you sort out your feet.

 

This article was written by Alex, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Alex either give us a call or book online and select ‘Alexandra’ as your practitioner.

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Psoriasis of the Nails

Psoriasis of the nails can affect the fingernails and also the toe nails, in most cases it is mild and doesn’t cause much of a problem for the person affected, but in some cases can be a bigger issue for people.

Psoriasis of nails can affect each individual to a different degree but can cause:

Pitting of nails – the surface of the nail can get pits, making the surface of the nail look un-even and rough.
Onycholysis can occur – the nail can become detached
Subungual hyperkeratosis – a chalky property can accumulate under the nail
Discolouration – the nail can change in colour due to the psoriasis, it can be more white in some cases and in some cases can look yellow
Brittle – the nails can become more brittle and fragile – in some cases can cause the nail to break
Onychauxic – the nail can become thicker, making it harder to cut and in some cases more uncomfortable in the shoe

Psoriasis of nails can be often confused as a fungal nail infection as many characteristics are the same, but in addition nails affected by psoriasis have an increased risk of developing a fungal nail infection (onychomycosis). This is due to the nature of the nail having less of a barrier.

If your nails are looking a bit different or have never looked normal, come in for an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists who will assess the nails and advise on the best treatment plan for you and see what is causing your nails to look the way they do.

 

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Reference:
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Toe Nail Health and What to Look Out For

 

Changes to toe nail health may affect the colour, thickness and shape of our nails. These changes can occur for many reasons and commonly include fungal infections, ingrown toe nails, repetitive trauma and melanomas.
Knowing what to lookout for and how to successfully treat the underlying causes are key to having successful outcomes.

 

Fungal Nail Infections
Fungal nail infections are very common and difficult issues to treat in toe nail health. Signs to look out for include white, yellow and brown tone discolouration, thickening of the nail and lifting from the nail bed, odour and friability.

 

Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toe nails are painful and often when left untreated become infected. Things to look out for include excessive curving of the nail, red tender skin along the nail boarder, pus/fluid, pain, heat and sensitivity.

 

Trauma
Repetitive trauma to toe nails often results in bruising of the nail and surrounding tissues, thickening, complete loss of the nail and permanent changes to shape. Often ill fitting shoes and long distance running are the main causes of these such changes.

 

Melanoma
Changes to nail colour, particularly if rapid and affecting the surrounding skin can indicate possible melanoma. It is important to note that not all changes in nail colour have this cause and some changes are harmless being linked to darker skin types. If any change occurs quickly however, effects the surrounding skin, causes bleeding and has no history of trauma these are possible indicators for subungual melanoma.

 

If you have any concerns regarding your nail health, book an appointment with your Podiatrist to discuss aetiology and begin treatment.

 

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How Often Podiatrists Want You To Apply Cream

It is important to keep our feet well hydrated and apply cream regularly. But how often is regularly? We suggest applying cream daily to the feet after showering or applying cream to the feet when getting into bed therefore you won’t be slipping and sliding around the house or in your shoes.

 

When applying cream to the feet, it’s important to apply cream to the whole foot EXCEPT for in-between the toes which wants to stay dry. We want to keep in-between the toes dry as the cream won’t get absorbed well and sometimes can sit there and cause the skin to become macerated and breakdown.

 

What can occur when not applying cream to the feet?

 

  • Dry skin
  • Cracked heels
  • Painful cracked heels
  • Itchy skin
  • Entry portal for infection, such as tinea, warts and in some cases bacterial skin infections
  • Flaky skin
  • Peeling skin
  • Unsightly looking skin

 

If you are suffering from dry skin or cracked heels, and you are unsure which cream to use or what to do to improve the health of your skin. Don’t hesitate to book in with one of our friendly podiatrists who will assist you with all your foot needs.

 

This article was written by Alex, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Alex either give us a call or book online and select ‘Alexandra’ as your practitioner.

You can call us on 8645 9888 or,

 

 

Things You Can Do To Relieve Pregnant Feet

 Pregnancy is a time of many changes within a woman’s body, some of these very exciting as the child within you grows. However not all changes are as pleasant and foot pain is a very common complaint. As you naturally gain weight during your pregnancy a woman’s centre of gravity is shifted and this places a greater strain on the body. An altered walking pattern is adopted to compensate and the knees and feet are placed under much more pressure than usual.

 

As well as an inability to reach one’s feet during the later terms of pregnancy, over pronation (flat feet) and oedema are very common complaints. To help relieve these stresses from one’s feet while pregnant, a number of strategies can be implemented at home and/or within the Podiatry clinic.

 

Inability to reach one’s feet:
During the later stages of pregnancy reaching one’s feet becomes more difficult due to the physical size of the child within your pelvic and abdominal region. Simple tasks such as cutting one’s own toe nails, removing calluses and moisturising become near impossible. Booking an appointment with a Podiatrist for a Medical Pedicure is advisable to maintain simple foot hygiene and health. This also presents an opportunity to discuss and address other concerns you have have with your foot health.

 

Over pronation (flat feet):
Another effect to the natural weight gain of pregnancy is the increase in physical load our legs and feet have to carry. This increase in load can lead to over pronation, or flattening of the arches in one’s feet resulting in pain. A change in footwear to more supportive, structured and shock absorbing shoes plays an important role in providing relief to the feet. Additional support can also be achieved through the use of orthotics.

 

Oedema:
Oedema in the legs and feet can be reduced through a number of strategies and all should be used together. Elevating your feet often will help to promote the return of fluid from the extremities. Wearing proper fitting shoes with seamless socks that aren’t too tight or too narrow. And lastly stretching and having a regular foot massage to physically remove the excess fluid with your legs and feet.

 

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