CHILDREN'S FEET

As parents we will be concerned with the care of our children’s development including education, social behaviours, overall health, hygiene, disease prevention, etc, so as developing feet have to carry the weight of our body and the forces we place on them during a lifetime of activity, it stands to reason that we should see them as a priority.

It may be appropriate to visit your podiatrist to have your children’s feet assessed to prevent future problems from arising. Poor posture and balance can impact on a child’s mobility and confidence, while hypermobile, flat feet may lead to clumsiness, tripping, falling and even lack of confidence. This may prevent your child from playing sports or involving themselves in social activities.

For more information about peadiatric conditions which may affect your child's feet or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre on 9057 5657


HEEL PAIN/ PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Heel pain is is one of the most common reasons we see patients come through our door at Hills Podiatry Centre.

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a tough, fibrous band that originates in the calcaneus (heel bone), follows along the arch/instep and attaches at the site of the 5 metatarsal heads in the forefoot (ball of the foot). Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition arising on the heel primarily experienced during the first few steps when your feet hit the floor in the morning or perhaps after a big day on your feet.

What causes plantar fasciitis/heel pain?

Factors such as excessive rolling of your foot which causes our arch to flatten. As a result of flattening, this stretches the plantar fascia and causes repetitive damage around the insertion point at the heel.

Tightness in the calf muscles, changes in activity and ground surfaces, rapid increase in exercise, weight gain, inappropriate footwear, and both high and low arched foot types are all predisposing factors to Plantar Fasciitis.
 

How do we treat it Plantar Fasciitis?

·       Our number one aim is to prevent the repetitive over-stretching of the plantar fascia giving it the time and the best opportunity to heal.

·       At Hills Podiatry we will perform a detailed history, joint, posture and muscle assessment helping us to determine the cause of the pain and pin-point the areas which require the most support and offloading.

·       80% of people will have pain relief from our orthotics as they treat the problem by reducing traction at the heel bone attachment of the plantar fascia.

·       Our Podiatrists will implement a treatment plan consisting of Ice-rolling, taping, compression socks, orthotics and footwear advice. 

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre on 9057 5657


SHIN SPLINTS/ SHIN PAIN

Shin pain is a common complaint amongst athletes, particularly runners.  Pain is most commonly seen at the front or inside of the shin bone.

Why does Shin Splints/ Shin Pain occur?

  1. Bone stress- The tibia may be under repetitive stress from muscle attachments resulting in a bony contusion or possible stress fracture.
  2. Muscles- Can be "over worked" causing swelling and pain.
  3. Bony Lining- This is the point where the muscle inserts in to the shin bone. These muscular insertions can become inflamed and painful.

All of the above can be a result of muscle imbalance, direct injury/trauma or sudden onset of physical activity or overuse.

What are the treatments for Shin Splints/ Shin Pain?

At Hills Podiatry Centre  we may recommend a number of treatments depending upon the cause, stage, and severity of your injury. Some possible treatments include:

  •  Rest, ICE or HEAT
  • Footwear assessment and advice 
  • Custom foot orthotics to decrease incorrect forces exerted on the tibia by muscles associated with the feet.
  • Stretching and strengthening strengthening exercises or diagnostic imaging if a stress fracture is suspected.

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre on 9057 5657


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