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2019 Year in Review
Our Podiatrists at Foot Health Clinic are always looking for ways to develop new skills to help our patients remain active and healthy. Oliver, Kim & Granville have enjoyed an amazing year learning the latest in podiatry care from experts in many diverse fields. This is a small glimpse into their year in review: Oliver Oliver has …
Medical Thongs For Children On School Holidays!
Thongs, flip-flops, double-pluggers, and crocs – these are popular holiday footwear styles that most kids like to slip on during the school holidays. These styles can never offer enough support to truly be considered ‘healthy’ for kids who have foot problems. If your child wants to wear thongs we recommend the ‘Orthaheel’ medical thong as …
Why Do Toenails Thicken As We Age?
Did you know that normal toenail growth rate averages approximately 1mm per month! Interestingly, with advancing age (starting from ~25yo) this growth rate tends to gradually decrease by about 0.5% per year. So, by the time we reach 85yo our toenails are growing at about half the rate they were when we were 25yo! Over …
Patient Case Study – Toenails
This is an 85yo gentleman that recently attended Foot Health Clinic for podiatry care of his toenails. Due to his longstanding diabetes he is unable to reach his feet, has low vision, and poor blood circulation to his toes. His toenails have become increasingly thickened and friable over time, developing a secondary fungal …
Night Time Leg Pains in Children: Should I worry?
It’s 2AM, your 6 year old boy awakens, screaming of painful legs and wanting you to rub them to help the pain go away. While you massage his legs, you look for any cause for his distress, there is no swelling, redness or heat. Nothing looks out of the ordinary. You administer some paracetomol or …
Keep Your Feet Healthy In Summer
Recommendations for keeping your feet healthy in the heat Here are the Australasian Podiatry Council’s recommendations for keeping your feet healthy in the heat: Nail care: Keep toenails trimmed straight across with nail clippers and avoid cutting too close to the skin or down at the corners as this can invite infection and the development …
Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Balance or Coordination?
What are some of the signs of balance or coordination problems in children? Many children have difficulties with balance or coordination problems due to a wide variety of reasons. Some of the signs that parents might notice that may be indicative of a problem include: Your child falls easily or trips often, you might even …
Yoga for Seniors – Finding Balance in Life
If you’ve reached your senior years and you’re not already practicing yoga, now is a great time to start. Yoga is an incredibly helpful physical and mental practice for seniors. The physical effects of yoga can increase flexibility, mobility, strength and balance through low-impact, coordinating mindful movement with breath and focused concentration. Psychologically, it can …
Why Do I Keep Getting Foot Blisters In Summer?
While summer usually means spending less time in enclosed footwear, it can increase your propensity for foot blisters. You are less likely to wear socks or stockings with your shoes, and heat and moist skin create ideal conditions for blister formation. If your blistering is chronic or recurring, you should see your podiatrist. Left untreated, chronic …
Use it or lose it!
#useitorloseit Did you know that most health funds allow you to claim a new pair of orthotics every year? If you don’t use your benefit it doesn’t usually roll over to the next year, you simply lose it! There is still time to have a new pair of 2019 orthotics at the Foot Health Clinic, …
Why Do I have Foot Odour?
Foot odour is an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition, which can be an indication of infection. Foot odour has two causes: perspiration – our feet and hands contain more sweat glands than any other part of our bodies and provide a ready supply of perspiration, particularly if you also suffer from inherited hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating; …
Christmas Party Preparations for Your Feet!
Christmas is just around the corner and the party dates are already filling up our diaries. You may have thought about what you are wearing but have you thought about how to prepare your feet for a fabulous night getting down on the dance floor ? These are our Podiatrists top tips for preparing your …