THE FOOTMASTER PODIATRY TEAM
Our fully qualified and registered team has the experience, training and skill you need to get you back on your feet again (pun intended!) Trust your feet in our hands. The Footmaster Podiatry team will accurately diagnose, educate and work on the best treatment plan for your needs. At Footmaster, we know feet, and we want to offer you the best possible experience when you come to see one of our caring Podiatrists. Book today here on our online portal, or call us on 1300MASTER to make an appointment, or you can look at some of our FAQ’s below.
THE FOOTMASTER PODIATRY FOCUS
Unlike other Podiatrists, we are a family owned company that has a specific focus on our footcare service. Although our fully trained team can treat all areas of Podiatry (such as ingrown toenails, corns and callus), our focus is on Children’s feet, Sports injuries and Biomechanical foot issues. We have a wealth of experience looking at Children’s foot disorders (such as flat feet, growing pains, clumsy walking) We also commonly treat Sports Injuries (such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, achillies tendonosis, flexor plate injuries, shin splints, knee pain and lower back pain). Additionally we often can help with more structural and painful biomechanical issues (such as symptomatic flat feet, painful bunions, neuroma and Lis Franc’s injuries.)
THE FOOTMASTER PODIATRY DIFFERENCE
At Footmaster, we offer a great range of different treatment options. Footmaster Podiatrists can design a specific treatment plan to best suit your needs. From rigid sports taping for total support to more flexible kinesiotape tape techniques, proven padding with semi compressed felt to deflect pressure and relieve pain, advanced dry needling techniques, ultrasonic shockwave therapy, footwear prescription with sports and comfort shoes. Also with the latest clinically effective strengthening and stretching programs and the best in computer designed foot orthoses, at Footmatser we can offer a wide range of modalities that will be best for your foot health and have you back on your feet.
What is Plantar Fasciitis and how does it typically manifest?
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition where the plantar fascia (a fibrous band of tissue in the sole of the foot which runs from the heel to the toes) is subject to excess load and responds with inflammation, degeneration and pain.
Pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel, and is often most intense with the first steps in the morning or after rest. It affects around 10% of the population with a higher incidence in groups such as runners.
Does Plantar Fasciitis need imaging to confirm diagnosis or is it made based on clinical presentation?
Plantar Fasciopathy can be diagnosed by clinical presentation through a detailed assess-ment by the practitioner. Although uncommon, sometimes imaging may be required to rule out more sinister pathology.
How can a Podiatrist help in the management of Plantar Fasciitis?
Early appropriate intervention ensures the best outcome with a quicker reduction in pain, improved function longer term and reduced likelihood of reoccurrence. Start by reducing load in the injured tissue, do things to facilitate the healing then progress to progressive adaptation to increasing loads.
• Education on appropriate footwear aimed at reducing load in the fascia.
• Foot Orthoses with the appropriate design features are very effective in reducing load in tissue.
• Low Dye Strapping is an incredibly effective method of strapping that can reduce the load in the tissue immediately leading to immediate pain relief.
• Shock Wave therapy and Dry needling may be useful to facilitate healing.
• Exercise prescription, specific stretching and strengthening are effective in increas-ing/restoring tissue load tolerance/capacity.
How can a Podiatrist help with my Knee Pain?
Evidence suggests the Foot Orthoses can be helpful in treating knee pain and possibly even help prevent injury.
The rapid internal rotation of the tibia caused by early and excessive foot pronation cre-ates a torque on the knee and positions the patella unevenly against the femur. Second, the frontal plane malalignment of the knee is exaggerated by excessive foot pronation, placing unwelcome stress on the ligaments.
Foot Orthoses work by controlling unwanted foot pronation which affects tibial internal ro-tation and frontal plane alignment of the knee.