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Rob Saunders (aka Scarpa Rob) summits Federation Peak in emotional journey
Rob Saunders (affectionately known as Scarpa Rob at Foot health clinic) has been our hiking boot consultant and supplier for many years. Rob is a great adventurer, climber and outdoorsman who regularly takes off into the wilderness. Recently he has completed a successful journey to Federation Peak in Tasmania. During this trip not only did …
Foot Strength: Building a strong foundation
Strong feet and toes are the foundation for a smooth, efficient gait, providing a stable and well-balanced base for all movements. Our foot muscles help to support the arch, keep our toes aligned and straight and help us to maintain balance on one leg. Lack of adequate foot muscle strength can contribute to the soft …
Top Tips For Relieving Tendon Pain in Your Feet & Legs
This is a neat video summary of the 10 things NOT to do if you are experiencing tendon pain. If you’re struggling with tendon pain in your feet or legs, see our Podiatrists for expert advice on your foot posture and footwear, strengthening exercise programs, cold laser therapy for pain relief and accelerated healing times, …
What Is A Black Toenail?
A black toenail, or subungal haematoma, occurs when blood accumulates under a toenail, causing it to appear blackened. Also known as ‘tennis toe’, subungal haematoma is caused by an excess of pressure on the toe, usually due to ill-fitting footwear. Footwear that gives rise to subungal haematoma may be either too tight, putting pressure on the …
Should I See A Podiatrist About My Sprained Ankle?
A high percentage of athletes suffering an ankle sprain will go on to suffer a recurrent sprain, with some developing chronic instability, or multiple recurring sprains. The most common cause of this recurrence is improper diagnosis and inadequate treatment. It is important to see your podiatrist if you have or suspect you have an ankle …
Can The Richie Brace Help Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a rare, inherited and currently incurable neurological disorder affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 people. It is characterised by a progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body. The first symptom of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is usually foot drop, a gait abnormality characterised by an impaired ability to …
Can Pregnancy Change My Feet?
According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine, yes it can! Professor Neil Segal, of the University of Iowa, collected foot posture measurements from 49 women during the first trimester of their pregnancy, then again five months after childbirth. He found that, for up to 70 per cent of …
Can Orthotics Help Me To Run?
Yes they can! If foot alignment or gait pattern are affecting your performance, prescription orthotics can help you to improve while preventing and/or treating injuries. Prescription orthotics are designed to control and/or alter the way your foot functions, so a thorough understanding of foot biomechanics and running gait is imperative to prescribing the correct device. …
Are Your Shoes Making Your Feet Crack Up?
Did you know that open-backed shoes can contribute to cracked heels? This is because they allow the fat pad under the heel to expand sideways, resulting in increased pressure on the skin, which causes it to crack. Cracked heels can become serious if the skin is thickened or callused, so it is important to keep …
Can I Wear Orthotics With Sandals?
The short answer is yes you can! Using our Orthema CAD/CAM orthotic fabrication system, Foot Health Clinic can provide you with prescription orthotics customised for sandals. This is good news if you need to wear prescription orthotics, but dislike wearing enclosed, lace-up, orthotic-friendly footwear in summer. For sandals to take orthotics, they must have a removable …
Choosing Soccer Boots
Preventing injury The increased popularity of soccer has been accompanied by an increase in related foot and leg injuries. For players, parents and coaches it is important to understand what role soccer boot construction plays, both in causing and preventing injury. Soccer boots are constructed with a flat footbed to accommodate their studs. This results …
Choosing School Shoes
Put best foot forward All parents want to ensure their children put their best foot forward when they go to school – and there’s no better way of doing that than ensuring they have the right shoes. By the time a child is 12 years old, his or her feet will have reached about 90 …