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Treatment for Growing Feet, Shin Splints, and More in Mackay

“My feet look ok, why should I 
worry about getting them checked?”

Having your feet checked should be as normal and regular as having your eyes or teeth examined. Every 2 years is a good frequency if you have no medical concerns, but if you have diabetes, poor circulation and other medical conditions more often is even better. Obviously if you have acute and chronic foot problems, having a podiatrist examine, assess, advise and treat as early as possible is the best way to help with your foot and leg pain.
A typical examination may involve:
  • Checking your circulation and sensation
  • Testing your foot ankle and leg strength and function, 
  • Looking at footwear and advising on more appropriate options
  • Observing how you walk
  • Callus and corn debridement as necessary
  • Giving muscle strengthening exercises
  • Looking at options of care for padding, inserts, orthotics or even footwear modifications.
When you come to have to your feet checked, bring in shoes that you typically wear, dress appropriately such we can have comfortable access to your feet and you have any particular concerns, pain or problems write them down so we don’t miss 

What We Treat

We have more than 20 years of experience

Gait analysis

This simple test can be done on either our in-house walkway or treadmill. We use a video camera to record your motion and gait for examination. Once the test is complete, gait analysis technology allows our staff to have a full picture of how your body functions while you are walking or running. The information is then used by our podiatrists to build a custom treatment plan, ensuring each patient receives the best results possible.

Running Retraining- Running

Some of us love it, some of us loathe it. Some of us want to run but find that when we start our body may not be able to live up to our expectations – either by the way of speed, distance or by far the worst… injury. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to running. Factors such as running experience, age, strength, previous injury etc can contribute to your running biomechanics. By identifying your individual faulty movement patterns through a biomechanical examination and video gait analysis, we can focus on making changes to your running technique to enhance your running gait. Some of these changes can include – stride length, cadence (step rate), strike pattern and pelvis position. While not only concentrating on treating your injury, we also have a strong focus on injury prevention. 

When we begin running retraining we also address any deficits in strength within your core and lower limb muscles. We need to make sure your body is strong enough to adapt to the changes we are making to your technique. Running retraining does take time as you are learning a new and valuable skills to help us towards you achieving your running goals. If you feel running retraining may be for you please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Custom Foot Orthotics 

They are often used to help with possible foot, ankle and leg problems. At Podiatry Mackay we use these specialised shoe inserts to form part of your overall treatment program or plan. Orthotics may be recommended after initial assessment, examination and testing to establish whether orthotic therapy is suitable treatment for your 
Lower limb problems. Orthotics form only part of your overall treatment and may be used in conjunction with 

1. Footwear advice and modification
2. Stretching and strengthening exercises
3. FMT
4. Strapping and taping
5. Referral to other AHP for more specialised treatment therapies

Foot Mobilisation Therapy 

(FMT) incorporates manual mobilisation techniques of the foot and ankle joint to improve the function and alignment of the foot, to help reduce foot pain and deformity. In combination with specific exercises, FMT can be used with orthotic and footwear recommendations or it can be used as an alternative treatment option. By targeting joints in your feet and ankle which may be stiff and/or dysfunctional, FMT can improve how your feet work, promote healing and reduce foot pain. Conditions that it can treat include:

Diabetic Foot Assessment 

Diabetic Foot Assessment is essential in helping to keep the diabetic foot in its best possible health and avoid the complications of diabetes. The assessment normally takes 20-30 minutes and involves and examination of your peripheral circulation (how the blood is flowing) and nerve function (can your feet feel properly). The podiatrist will also check the function and structure of your feel, and ask questions about your medical history, general health and exercise background. Along with questions you may ask, the assessment will provide you with more ways to keep your feet healthy and going places. Download a brochure on how to look after your feet.

Gaitscan 

Gaitscan allows the podiatrist to record timing sequences of the foot during gait and captures the relative pressure under the foot. The 2D and 3D images allow for the easy identification of high pressure areas and assist in the overall biomechanical examination of a patient’s gait walking and stance. This in addition with the video gait analysis, muscle and joint testing and extensive interview enables a more thorough appreciation of a person’s foot and leg pain and problems.

Footwear Modification and Padding

Commonly used, footwear modifications are a valuable tool to quickly change the function and pressure points on the foot. It can even alleviate pain immediately. The podiatrist may add internal padding of various types to your footwear, often at your first consultation, to test and guide them towards your treatment requirements. It may even be used as an ongoing or permanent method of helping your foot problem. It is all about achieving what is the best outcome for you!

Corns and Calluses 

Corns and calluses are often painful hard areas of dead skin on the pressure parts of your feet. Particularly found on the toes and balls of your foot, they are often a sign of too much stress (pressure and friction) to the skin of your feet. Not to be confused with planta warts, it is important to have corns and calluses accurately diagnosed, then they’re treated by debridement (cutting away the dead skin) and work out the source of the skin pressure. They are often related to footwear problems, but can also occur due to sporting and work activities. By using specific padding and Mysoles, the pressure points can be alleviated to make your feet feel great again.

Children’s Feet 

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