Gait Way Podiatry
Suite 2, 9 Gregor Street West, North Lakes (07) 3385 0567

Category: Foot Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Dreading those first few steps in the morning or at the end of the day?  While the pain is worse first and last thing in the day, it can also be triggered from long periods of standing or when you get up from sitting. Interesting, the pain can be slight to non-existent during periods of exercise.

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Bunions

Bunions

A bunion (also referred to as hallux-abducto valgusHAV) is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. The visible bump is caused by changes to the big toe joint and the big toe (hallux) will begin to deviate towards the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. They develop gradually over time and many people will not experience any pain or discomfort unless the bunion is irritated by tight shoes that rub against it. However, over time this can become a fixed and rigid deformity.

Causes 

Common causes for developing a bunion include:

  • Hereditary factors (by far the biggest factor)
  • Prolonged use of inappropriate footwear (i.e. shoes that are too narrow)
  • Biomechanical factors 
  • Arthritis in the feet 

Treatment 

At Gait Way Podiatry we will assess your bunion, your foot, gait, the severity of your condition, and go through the range of treatment options.

Some common treatments for bunions include:

  • Custom orthotics – to assist with offloading areas that are being overloaded and worked and help realign the foot and prevent the toe from turning further inwards. 
  • Exercises to help improve the strength of some of the smaller muscles around the joint.
  • Footwear advice – assess your footwear and give you appropriate advice to reduce bunion progression and pain.
  • Joint mobilisation – involves using hands-on therapy to help improve the joint.

If pain persists, or worsens, we may refer you for a surgical opinion. Bunions are a very common issue we see in our clinic. If you’re suffering from pain or concerned about your bunion, feel free to get in touch as we can fully assess your issue and work with you to find the best solution.


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Foot Pain

Foot Pain

Hammer toes, Claw Toes and Retracted Toes.

Hammer toes, claw toes and retracted toes are deformities that affect the little toes and not the big toe. The toes curl over or lift off the ground which creates pressure on the tops of the toes or increased pressure under the ball of the foot causing callus and corns to form. The lesser toe deformities are due to a variety of reasons including neurological deficiencies, muscle imbalances, arthritis or even injuries to particular tendons. The toes often require shoes with a deeper area in the toe box portion of the shoe. Tubes for the toes, little rubber props and even orthotics can help to reduce the stresses through the toes due to the deformity.

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Arch Pain

Arch Pain

Heel and arch pain is something we may likely experience at some point in time, however ongoing feel and arch pain is something that should be investigated further.

In many cases, heel and arch pain is due to an issue called plantar fasciitis. Other issues it could be attributed to include Heel Spurs, Claw Toes, Morton’s Neuroma, Bunions, Sesamoiditis or Arthritis.

It may also be from a biomechanical issue, for example flat feet, or high arched feet, could be the potential causes of pain.

Ongoing pain in your heel or foot is not normal and should be looked at by a Podiatrist. Gait Way Podiatry can develop a tailored treatment plan to manage your foot and/or heel pain.

Treatment options include:


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Claw Toes

Claw Toes

A claw toe is a toe that is contracted at the middle and end joints in the toe. This position can lead to severe pressure and pain. Muscular imbalance around the toe can cause the toe’s joints to curl downwards. Claw toes may occur in any toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe, which can rub against the shoe, and at the end of the toe that is pressed against the bottom of the shoe.

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Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma

Neuroma pain is described as a burning pain in the forefoot. It can also be felt as an aching or shooting pain. Patients with this problem frequently say they feel as though they need to take off their shoes and rub their foot. This pain may occur in at any time. Commonly this involves the 3rd and 4th toes. Repeated trauma or compression of these nerves causes the nerves to swell and thicken causing a neuroma to develop.

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Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a common condition of the forefoot. Pain is in the ball of the foot specifically under the big toe joint. The sesamoids are small bones located under the big toe joint. These bones are in the tendons that run to the big toe on the under surface. Due to their location and function they are subjected to immense pressure and forces every time the big toe is used to push the foot forward. They can cause pain due to the surrounding tissue being inflamed, fractured or shattered.

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