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Importance of an Orthotic Review

Orthotics work by correcting the structural alignment of the feet and legs, this reduces excess strain on particular structures (joints, ligaments, muscles) that may be causing you pain. Orthotic devices ensure that while you are walking or running the right muscles are being activated at the right time. This ensures you move efficiently without overworking anything. In this Info sheet we will dis...
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Tinea of the Foot

What is Tinea Pedis?Tinea is a contagious fungal infection of the skin. Tinea pedis refers to the fungal infection being present on the feet. This fungus can affect other areas of the body such as the groin, scalp and underneath the breasts. As with all fungi, tinea needs warm, moist areas to live. This explains why the fungus commonly affects the hot, dark, clammy areas of the body.How is Ti...
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Why do feet hurt in thongs?

Why do feet hurt in thongs?Thongs:  If you are reading this, you are probably wondering why your feet hurt in thongs?  Let us tell you why and give you the best alternative options.If you are unsure of what thongs are, they are a sandal-like shoe with a thin rubber sole and a V-shaped strap that goes from in between the toes to either side of the foot. Also known by other names like flip-flops...
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Sesamoiditis of the foot

Sesamoiditis in the Foot  Sesamoiditis.  Most of the bones found in the body are connected to each other through joints. Some bones exist only within tendons or muscles and have no direct connection to joints. These types of bones are known as sesamoids. Examples of other sesamoid bones in the body include the kneecap and the shoulder blade.  Their function is to allow a muscle to form an...
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Feet & Falls Prevention in Older People

Falls prevention in older people should be a priority for everyone. It is Australia’s leading cause of disability due to injury. A simple fall can lead to a broken hip, shoulder or wrist – any of which can cause big changes in your life, or the life of a family member. Podiatrists play an important role in working to prevent falls. This Info Sheet will explain how we can help to keep you and your ...
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Backward Foot Surgery

Backward Foot Surgery  Backward foot surgery is an option used when limb salvage is no longer viable and an amputation is necessary. This type of surgery is also known as rotationplasty. It is mainly used in younger patients with bone cancer who need a portion of the thigh bone (femur) removed due to a tumour.  The lower leg is able to be attached to below the site of femur amputation. Wh...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the foot: What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects mostly the smaller joints in the body – so especially the hands and feet. The term autoimmune disease means that your body attacks some of its own tissue as if it were a foreign invader.  It is thought to have some genetic factors and some environmental factors, particularly ...
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Pregnancy and Feet

Pregnancy and FeetLeg and foot pain is experienced by many women during pregnancy, especially during the last trimester when your baby bump is getting bigger. The most common issues associated with leg and foot pain include plantar fasciitis (heel or arch pain), swelling, varicose veinaroonies and cramping.  Plantar fasciitis  Pregnant women often experience heel and arch pain, which is k...
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Running Shoes

How to choose the best running shoe?WHERE TO BUY: If you are reading this, you have probably been disappointed with your shoe choices in the past. Before you make your next purchase, here are some things to think about to get the best from your new purchase. There can be a huge difference between the stock, knowledge, helpfulness and profit margins between stores.  Specialist running shoe shops...
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Getting Your Feet Ready for Summer Sandals and Footwear

After having your feet hidden away in winter shoes/boots it can be a scary when it comes time for summer sandals. Lack of sunshine as well as ill-fitting winter footwear causes friction which leads to unsightly corns and callous'. Closed in shoes also don't allow the foot to 'breath' properly. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to flourish. The effects of this can be as m...
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