What is Podiatry at Pinnacle Health?
It is common knowledge that Podiatry is the study of the foot, but there remain many who are unaware of the things commonly seen within a podiatry consult. The most common facets to podiatry include:
There are usually many key factors involved when you have acquired an injury, one being poor foot and lower limb biomechanics. It can encourage soreness not only intrinsic (inside) to the foot – such as heel, arch and forefoot pain, but soreness extrinsically (outside) to the foot – ankle, Achilles, shin, knee, hip and back pain. The treadmill is a key tool used in the clinic to analyse your gait, which can help establish if poor biomechanics can be related to the injury. Common treatments used include strapping, offloading devices, orthotics, changes to footwear etc.
Diabetes has been described as the “lifestyle disease”, and continues to increase in prevalent within the Australian population. In regards to the feet, diabetes encourages progressive peripheral vascular (blood) and neuropathic (nerve) changes, which impairs the body’s natural healing cascade. A diabetes assessment will give baseline results to determine foot health and if treatment is needed, and subsequent visits will gauge any changes to these systems along the way.
Children’s feet are treated differently to adults as bones, joints and muscles have not fully developed. It is common to hear parent’s expressing concern regarding their child’s gait patterns; whereby they have noticed complaints of heel/knee pain, regular tripping, irregular shoe wear etc. An assessment will establish if the child’s development is within normal limits and if intervention is indicated.
At Pinnacle we are determined to offer a first class service with regards to foot health. As we move towards the summer month’s peoples activity desires and respect to their health grows.
Studies have shown that through a distinct increase in activity load particularly leading into the summer months, there is a 70% increase in risk of injury, especially in high loading areas (feet, shins, knees, hips). With respect to this, feet and in particular your gait and biomechanics play a significant role in the loading phase when we walk or run.
A biomechanical abnormality can significantly increase the extra loading stress on tissues and joints walking even before we begin increasing the stress particularly in running. Forces within the foot and lower limb increase by up to four times your body weight when we commence running and if your gait pattern or the anatomical alignment of your feet and lower limb is unstable this has the potential for injury.
Podiatrists have the expertise in all things anatomical with respect to biomechanics particularly in walking and running and through ailments such as footwear, padding and strapping and orthotics injury particularly in a build up phase can be avoided.
Tim Deveson – Podiatrist