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  • Are you feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have you had close contact* with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)? *Face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes, or have shared an enclosed space for more than two hours.
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Tips for keeping your feet healthy through winter

The winter months can be challenging for our feet.  The cold wet conditions and greater time spent inside enclosed shoes contributing to problems such as circulation issues, fungal nail infections, warts and cracked/dry skin.

  • Wear warm ENCLOSED SHOES such as boots, ideally these will be made out of leather or other breathable waterproof material to help retain warmth in your shoes.
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Shin splints is a common injury of the lower limb, especially in athletes involved in running sports. It is generally not a serious condition, but can create debilitating symptoms of pain along either the front or inner border of the shin bone. There are multiple causes of shin splints which can include the following:

  • biomechanical abnormalities such as “flat feet”
  • muscle fatigue, tightness and weakness of the lower leg and feet
  • poor choice of footwear
  • worn-out footwear
  • training errors such as over training or “too much, too soon”
  • issues with running technique
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There is no secret to the fact that running injury free is one of the keys to improving your running.  The development of foot and lower body injuries can significantly impact on your participation and thus performance in running activities.

As podiatrists we see a wide range of clients with running related injuries, from adults training to run their first marathon through to active kids playing school sports.  Most common running related injuries, such as achilles tendinopathy, shin and knee pain, tend to occur gradually over time and can almost always be prevented or minimised with the right advice.

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Pain underneath the heel, commonly results from a condition known as plantar fasciitis.  It is typically defined as a ‘self limiting’ condition, however can be particularly debilitating to those who suffer from it.  In particular clients report pain under the heel when they first put weight on their foot in the morning or go to walk after a period of rest. The pain can be so severe that they are unable to place their heel on the ground. The pain usually resolves after a short period of walking but may recur once they have been on their feet for a period of time, limiting their exercise capacity.

It is often reported that the natural history of plantar fasciitis is for the condition to persist for 6 to 18 months without treatment.  Podiatry management can help to facilitate the recovery from this condition and thereby reduce its impact on the individual’s overall health.

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Athletes Foot (also known as Tinea Pedis) is a fungal infection to skin.  This condition is very common in an elderly population and as the name implies in athletic populations.  Commonly three presentations exist, interdigital being the most common (between the toes), followed by ‘moccasin’ (on the sole of the foot) and finally vesticular (small blister like lesions).

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Onychomycosis or Fungal Nail Infection is very common in toenails as fungal organisms are attracted to dark and humid environments such as inside a shoe.  Fungal Nail Infection can affect any nail and any portion of nail. Cases can range from mild ­to severe. Nails with mild fungal infection appear white­ yellow in patches. the more severe fungal nails appear yellow, thick, crumbly and sometime painful.  Most clients presenting with fungal nails report their main concern is the unsightly appearance of the fungal nails.

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callus treatment

Our feet play a significant role in getting us around in our day to day activities. Every time we stand, walk or run our feet take have to deal with the burden of our entire bodies weight, as well as the frictions and various pressures from movements and footwear choices. When this pressure becomes too much for this area the body often responds by producing a thicker, dense layer of skin. These patches of thickened skin are known as callus and are part of the bodies way of protecting the underlying tissues from possible damaging forces.

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