Working Feet

Walking , running ,jumping – places greater physical demands on the body than normal day- to – day activities.  While running, your feet can absorb up to 3 to 8  times your body weight.  Not surprisingly, injuries to the foot and lower limb make up a large proportion of sporting  injuries.  Podiatrists understand the structure and movement of the foot: therefore, they can diagnose foot conditions, recommend  appropriate footwear and training regimens . come make an appointment with us .

Children’s feet are still forming and are quite fragile. They can be easily damaged , uneven shoe wear , skin rashes , lumps and bumps on the feet : pain in the legs or feet ; frequent tripping and falling are signs of potential problems, act now for peace of mind  we are only a call away.

Working feet can cover as many as 24 kilometres in a day as well as absorbing heavy loads associated with walking , lifting ,running  and  jumping on and off machinery or in and out of cars. Nearly 20% of all workplace  injury claims relate to injuries to the feet and toes and research has shown that workplace foot problems  including those related to ill – fitting  or inappropriate footwear are common .
By the time we reach the age of 50 , our feet have covered 86,000 kilometres, making them more prone to injury and disease.

Clinical studies show  that by 50. We are 80% more likely to develop arthritis in the foot and ankle as well as being 100% more likely to develop toe and joint deformities .

In almost every workplace, there is a risk of trips , slips and falls , or objects falling or rolling onto  feet . Be aware of foot hazards and use foot safe  work practices

Walking is, in Execution, a Business most Precarious

In order to initiate momentum one leans forward toward the object of one’s desire, past the point of reasonably dignified recovery, till a minutely moderated balance long maintained is lost in favor of a fresh forward-falling momentum.

But to allow that to continue would end quite unseemly, so our plunge we arrest, (but only a little!) by precisely placing a single stalk: into our futures and toward our desire, a managed ongoing horizontal fall, interrupted by compensating periodic deceleration.

All of which can only lead to the question: what if we walked into love?

–  Matt Howell

*Used with permission


”My Feet are Killing Me” is a Common Cry

yet research shows that only a fraction of those suffering from sore feet seek professional help.  A common misconception is that sore feet are normal; they are not .

Just as you would  visit your dentist for a toothache. You should visit  a podiatrist , if you suffer from sore or tired feet.

Your podiatrist is qualified to identify and treat the cause of  your foot pain which could occur due to problems with foot biomechanics  ( foot structure)  inappropriate  footwear , growths ( corns,calluses) disease ( diabetes , arthritis) infection ( tinea)  or injury

Foot pain can also be a sign of  systemic disease.  For example, 20% of cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis   and 35%  of stress fractures occur in the feet .

Information sourced from the Australian Podiatry Council “ your podiatrist talks about feet”.

“Don’t Worry – They Grow Out of it is “… Not Always True!

“Don’t worry – they grow out of it “. is a common response to parent’s concerns about the development of their children’s feet or legs.

In some cases this can be true, however as children grow up their feet and legs undergo various stages of development.  Your podiatrist will be able to advise you whether your child’s development falls within acceptable limits for their age, or if treatment may be required.

Don’t dismiss your  child’s consistent complaints of aches as “Just growing pains”. The reason for persistent aches and cramps can sometimes be due to poor foot or leg posture.

Advice to Parents

  • Most  foot and  lower leg problems in children do not cause pain
  • Signs that a problem exists may include walking in an unusual or awkward way, unusual wear patterns on shoes and early fatigue.
  • If you have any concerns  about your child’s foot health development , seek the advice  of a podiatrist. To be assured that there is no problem is better than being told. “ You should have come earlier when we could have done something about it “.
Information sourced from Australian Podiatry Council  “Podiatry and children”.

Corns and Calluses are Symptoms

Corns are due to pressure over a bony part of the foot .  A common site is the side of the little toe or over the tops of bent toes where shoes press.  Often   corns can be avoided by wearing better fitting shoes and perhaps  some help from a Podiatrist in protecting these areas .

Calluses are due to persistent rubbing or friction and usually occur on the balls of the feet.  Most times these are caused by uneven weight bearing across the foot and need a podiatrist’s attention to deal with them and try to overcome the problem.

Corns and Calluses are symptoms – the cause needs to be identified and , where possible removed.  This is where you need to see a podiatrist.  Over the counter “ corn cures”  are usually inappropriate and are often dangerous for anyone with poor blood circulation or diabetes