CHILDREN'S FEET

As parents we will be concerned with the care of our children’s teeth and good brushing techniques. We will teach good grooming and tidy appearance, however developing feet have to carry the weight of our body and the forces we place on them during a lifetime of activity, so it stands to reason that we should see them as a priority.

It is appropriate to visit your podiatrist to have your children’s feet assessed to prevent further problems from arising. Poor posture and balance can impact on a child’s mobility. A very hypermobile flat foot 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 this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.


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 Kellyville/Dural.

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a fibrous band that originates in the calcaneus (Heel bone), follows along the arch and attaches at the site of the 5 metatarsal heads in the forefoot. 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 damage around the insertion point at the heel.

Tightness in the calf muscles, changes in activity and ground surfaces, weight gain are all predisposing factors to Plantar fasciitis.

Who gets Plantar Fasciiits?

Runners, Athletes, increase in physical activity (gym, boot camp) and prolong standing on hard surfaces. 

How do we treat it Plantar Fasciitis?

·       Our aim is to decrease the inflammation in order to relieve pain.

·       Address the cause of the pain.

·       At Hills Podiatry Kellyville we will perform a detailed history, joint, posture and muscle assessment. We will also undertake a ZEBRIS force and gait assessment. The podiatrist will explain frame by frame on what is causing your plantar fasciitis.

·       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 Podiatrist will implement a treatment plan consisting of Ice, 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 Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.


SHIN SPLINTS/ SHIN PAIN

Shin pain is a common complaint amongst athletes, in 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- The tibia may be under constant stress resulting in possible stress fracture.
  2. Muscles- Can be ‘overused’ 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.
  4. These 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 Kellyville/ Dural 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 
  • Stretches, strengthening exercises or ultrasound

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.


 

 

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