We Have the Solution to your Bunion Problems!

We Have the Solution to your Bunion Problems!

 Good foot care is often forgotten about but is key to maintaining a healthy body. At The Foot Pod in Karrinyup Perth, we believe in friendly and accessible footcare, so whether you have bunion issues or toenail pain, we will aim to help you resolve it.

In this article, however, we focus on bunions, a foot problem that affects many Australians.

 

What are bunions?

Bunions are a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe. They change over time when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. As they are gradual and progressive, they often take years to produce a prominent bump.

They are similar to a Tailor’s bunion but develop in different areas and cause different symptoms. A Tailor’s bunion develops on the opposite side of the foot and causes difficulty wearing shoes, pressure pain and painful callus formation.

Bunion deformities, however, tend to be more annoying than painful. They may cause swelling, redness and tenderness at the area where they have formed but are unlikely to cause the same amount of pain that a Tailor’s bunion would.

 

How do bunions happen?

While it is unknown exactly what causes bunion deformities, there are several factors which are said to contribute to them. These include:

  • Genetics, including genetic diseases where ligaments are loose, such as Down Syndrome or Marfan Syndrome.
  • Ill-fitting and overly tight shoes.
  • Biomechanics of the foot.
  • Arthritis.

The Foot Pod’s process of solving your bunions…

We at the Foot Pod offer several different treatment options available to solve your bunion issues.


1. Non-Surgical treatment options. 

Not all bunions require surgery as a treatment response, which is why we offer the following treatment options. Whilst these will not correct your bunion, they will likely provide pain relief.

  • Padding the painful area.
  • Providing shoes with extra-wide width.
  • Wearing orthoses to relieve bunion-associated pain, and to prevent it from rapidly worsening.

2. Shockwave therapy for bunion treatment

Shockwave therapy isn’t as scary as it sounds. It involves the use of Radial Pressure Waves (RPW) to accelerate tissue and bone healing. In the case of bunions, they can reduce pain, promote new blood flow in the area, and normalise the muscle tone.

3. Surgical treatment options

Bunion surgery is an operation that takes 45 to 90 minutes. It generally involves removing the bunion, releasing tight ligaments and tightening loose ligaments. It may also involve cutting and realigning your first metatarsal.

Let The Foot Pod help you with our bunion treatment options!

Choosing which treatment option is best for you depends entirely on your needs and situation.

As time progresses, bunions and bunion-associated pain can worsen. If it’s at that level, or if you’d like to prevent it from reaching that level, contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you with any bunion or footcare issues. 

We are available online for appointment bookings OR call us on (08) 9246 7292.

How to Take Care of Sports Related Feet Injuries…

How to Take Care of Sports Related Feet Injuries…

We at The Foot Pod in Karrinyup are passionate about good foot care. Our principle podiatrist, Dr. Rachel Timmins, specialises in treating patients who have suffered feet and ankle injuries from playing sport. In this article, we explore how to take care of foot-related sports injuries, so read on to find out how you can prevent them from happening.

 

Common sport-related injuries

Sports injuries are caused by overuse, direct impact or a very strong application of force, so it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries are some of the most common sports injuries.

1. Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis, a very common foot and ankle condition, affects the Achilles tendon. It’s generally caused by sports-related overuse or long-term wear-and-tear.

2. Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is the band of tissues that supports the arch of your foot. When they absorb too much stress or become strained from activities such as running, they become inflamed, which causes pain at the bottom of the heel. This is known as plantar fasciitis.  
It’s a very common condition that generally requires patients to rest, ice and do stretching exercises to recover and relieve pain.

3. Stress fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone, often experienced by athletes participating in sports that place repetitive stress on feet and ankles, such as running, basketball, dance and tennis. Stress fractures can also be caused by a lack of conditioning and technique, which may disrupt the mechanics of the foot and ankle.

4. Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain occurs when the foot is twisted, and the ligaments of the ankle are damaged. The most common type of sprain is the inversion sprain, which is caused by the foot being twisted inward and the outer ligaments being over-stretched.

When an ankle is sprained, the athlete experienced moderate pain, and walking and standing may be difficult and painful.

5. Neuroma

A neuroma is a pinched nerve in the foot, which often feels like tingling, numbness and pain in the ball of your foot. It often develops due to flat feet, feet with high arches, mismatched shoe size or style, trauma or overuse and stress. These factors can cause stress and inflammation, which may create a neuroma.


Prevention tips for your feet and ankles during sport 🤾🏽‍♀️

  • Warming up with stretches or a slow jog will get the muscles ready for action.
  • Choose the correct shoes for you and use insoles if you need to.
  • When your shoes become tired or worn out, replace them.
  • Avoid running or stepping on uneven surfaces.
  • Be careful running too many hills.

 

Contact us for more prevention tips

It may be tempting to push your body, but there’s a time and a place for that. It’s important to listen to your body, take care of it, and exercise safely so you won’t strain or stress your body.

If you have any sports-related foot and ankle injuries or have any questions about our prevention tips for your feet and ankles during sport, contact the Foot Pod today.

We are available for online appointment bookings OR call us today on (08) 9246 7292.

5 Tips on how to avoid Ingrown Toenails!

5 Tips on how to avoid Ingrown Toenails!

The Foot Pod provides foot and ankle care to patients all over Perth. Dr. Rachel Timmins helps many people through their foot care needs, and that includes ingrown toenails, which is why we’ve put together this guide on ingrown toenails and how to prevent them from happening to begin with.

 

What are Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails are when the edge of the nail pushes its way through the flesh of your foot, which can cause swelling, redness, infection and significant pain.

They may also break in the skin, which can cause a bacterial infection, with symptoms like drainage and a strong, foul smell. People with diabetes are especially susceptible to this, as they may have poor blood flow and damaged nerves in their feet.

If left untreated, ingrown toenails can infect the underlying bone and even lead to a bone infection.

 

How do they happen?

  • A naturally curved nail bed.
  • Pressure on the toes and nails due to tight- or ill-fitting shoes and socks.
  • Nail conditions, such as fungal infections or the previous loss of a nail.
  • Trauma, such as stubbing your toe or engaging in activities where there is repeated pressure onto your toes, such as soccer and running.
  • The way you walk.
  • Improper nail cutting. When nails are cut too short, the skin next to the nail can fold over it.
  • They can also be hereditary: some people inherit the tendency for ingrown toenails.

 

How can you avoid ingrown nails?

 

1. Correct trimming

Trimming your toenails straight across, instead of curving them to match your toe, will help. If you have poor blood flow to your feet and can’t trim your nails, seeing a podiatrist regularly and having them trim your nails is highly recommended.

2. A moderate length

Keep your toenails at a moderate length: not too long or short. Trimming them too short may direct them to grow into the tissue, which can cause ingrown nails, so keep them even with the tips of your toes.

3. Wear proper fitting shoes

Buy properly fitted shoes, as ill-fitting shoes can place pressure on your toes and lead nails to grow into surrounding tissues. Your podiatrist will be able to help you find the right shoe for you.

4. Protect your feet

If you often stub or injure your toes, invest in protective footwear, such as steel-toed shoes, to protect them.

5. Check your feet

If left untreated, ingrown toenails can create big problems, so check your feet daily for signs of all foot problems.

 

What to do if you have them..

If you have ingrown toenails, it’s time to visit the podiatrist. They will discuss your options with you and be able to help you work out what’s causing the ingrown toenails.

 

Contact our friendly staff today!

At the Foot Pod, we treat many clients with ingrown toenails: they’re more common than you think! Our treatment options range from providing advice to minor surgical treatments, depending on our client’s needs.

If you have ingrown toenails or tend to develop them, contact us today. We are available online or call us on (08) 9246 7292.

5 Signs you should consult a podiatrist

5 Signs you should consult a podiatrist

Often, when we get a pain in our body, we may dismiss it, but you shouldn’t have to live with that crazy  discomfort! Listen to your body and react when it pains you. If your feet, ankles or knees are aching, it may be a sign you need to consult a podiatrist. In the article below, we’ve included a few more signs to look out for too.

 

1. Heel Pain

It’s important to diagnose and resolve heel pain before it causes further complications – and considering that heel pain is often simply resolved, you should consult a podiatrist if you’re experiencing it.

Often factors like poor footwear, weight, biomechanics or particular walking and exercise styles contribute to heel pain, but thankfully, these can all be treated. Podiatrists help many with heel pain return to their usual, pain-free selves, whether they’re children or adults.

2. Sore, aching and tired feet

You shouldn’t have to live with a problem that can be easily solved, so if your feet are sore, aching or often tired, it’s time to consult a podiatrist. From advising you on which footwear is best for your situation to focusing on contributing factors, podiatrists are trained in resolving the aches and soreness that your feet may have.

3. Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails develop for many reasons: tight shoes, overly short nail trimming, and even trauma, such as hitting a toenail on something. Whatever the reason, ingrown toenails are sore, painful and thankfully, treatable.

If you currently have an ingrown toenail or tend to have them, a visit to the podiatrist is recommended. They can offer you conservative treatments, such as recommending specific shoes to wear, or surgical treatments, which will ease the pain by removing part of the nail.

4. Being a Diabetes patient

Foot health is commonly affected by diabetes, which is why you should include visits to a podiatrist as part of your management plan. They can conduct assessments testing the nerves and feet’s vascular supply. If there are any changes, they can be dealt with quickly, but these visits also act preventatively, as your podiatrist can guide you on how to avoid future complications.

This may range from recommended shoe styles to general foot and nail care techniques.

5. Bony deformities such as Bunions

If you have bunions and/or hammertoes, a podiatrist can take steps to decrease the amount of pain you experience. This is done by identifying the source of the pain and discussing treatment options. Although surgery is available, it may not always be necessary.

 

Contact us today

Whether you have ingrown toenails or bunions, you shouldn’t have to live with them untreated: a podiatrist can help you. Don’t wait until these matters get worse, contact us today and we will help you start your journey to better foot health.

We at the Foot Pod are passionate about good foot care and helping others achieve it. Whether you have a question about any of the above conditions or would like to book in for a regular check, we would be happy to assist. We are available online and by calling (08) 9246 7292.

What Are the Benefits of Orthotics?

What Are the Benefits of Orthotics?

For people who feel that their foot is aching when standing, walking, or running, an ideal relief for them may be found in over-the-counter shoe inserts known as orthotics.

 

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics, also known as inserts, insoles or arch supports, are items used to help people deal with their foot pain. Orthotics can be a convenient way to assist the way a person walks, alleviate pain from any deformities, and help joint alignment.

In the world of podiatry, doctors may also prescribe various forms of orthotics for common lower limb problems, such as knee pain, heel pain, or lower back issues. They are often used together with soft tissue therapies and rehabilitation and strengthening programs so that affected muscles and ligaments can be healed and rehabilitated individually.

 

What Can Orthotics Treat?

Doctors often prescribe orthotics to treat conditions such as:

Custom orthotics may also be prescribed for people that have positional concerns with their legs or feet, including underdeveloped muscles found in these parts.

 

What Are the Benefits of Wearing Orthotics?

Personalised Foot Orthotics are Effective and Efficient

Custom foot orthotics are specifically created to match the prescription and specifications of an individual. Their medical condition, limb strength, and measurements of their legs and feet are considered here to make them more effective and efficient for the user.

Alleviating Foot Abnormalities

Compared to generic insoles, prescribed orthotics are able to alleviate foot abnormalities, such as supination and pronation.

These custom orthotics work even better when one foot has a different structure than its partner, helping restore balance and preventing foot problems from arising.

They Alleviate and Prevent Pain

People who are experiencing pain with their feet should visit a podiatric physician to assess their situation. Normally, a podiatrist would prescribe custom foot orthotics to help alleviate the pain and prevent any other injuries from occurring.

Besides that, custom orthotics can also help feet against calluses, foot ulcers, injuries, and corns.

Providing the Necessary Support

Supporting the body is not the only job of the feet, but they also help in balancing the overall bodyweight of a person. Wearing ill-fitting shoes and poor posture practices can lead to foot problems, like supination and pronation, causing strain, which can lead to pain and injury.

As custom foot orthotics are made specifically for each individual, they can provide the necessary support where needed. This allows the devices to effectively prevent pain and alleviate the symptoms of other foot problems.

 

Why Trust The Foot Pod?

That is why for people who are experiencing problems with their feet, it is best to visit an expert podiatrist to assess their condition and see whether custom orthotics are needed.

At The Foot Pod, Dr. Rachel Timmins and her experienced team can help relieve and fix problems with your feet. Give us a call at (08) 9246 7282 or send an email at drtimmins@thefootpod.com.cau for more details!

Arthritis in Toes; Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Arthritis in Toes; Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Arthritis is a health condition that affects the joints, knees, and hips. It can also occur in almost any part of the body where there are joints, such as the toes.

There are a number of different types of arthritis that can lead to pain in the toes. Let’s read on to learn what toe arthritis is, its causes, and how it can be treated.

 

What is Toe Arthritis and What Causes It?

Arthritis that affects the toes is caused by an inflammation that occurs in the joints of the toes. This condition most notably harms the big toe, but other toes might be involved as well.

There are several reasons that can cause toe arthritis, such as previous traumas or injuries, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

Women that enjoy wearing tight, high-heeled shoes are also at risk of developing toe arthritis.

 

The Symptoms of Arthritis in Toes

Typically, the symptoms of toe arthritis result in chronic inflammation surrounding the small joints in this area. The following are the most prevalent conditions that one can expect.

 

Toe Pain

The most tell-tale sign of arthritis in the toes is pain. Usually, this pain gets worse when a person starts to become more active or carries heavy weight, and can be relieved by resting. It can take hours, or sometimes days, for the pain to subscribe when it gets exacerbated due to activity.

 

Swelling

A person that experiences swelling around the joints of their toes, with a feeling of fullness and difficulty when bending, may have toe arthritis.

 

Restricted Movement

The range of motion of toe joints with arthritis can become severely limited due to the swelling and damage caused by the disease.

 

How Can Toe Arthritis Be Treated?

When treating arthritis in the toes, the standard approach would be to start with simple steps. People don’t often jump to get invasive treatments right away, as doctors will also have to assess their condition before doing so.

 

Footwear Changes

Doctors often recommend people with toe arthritis to try making changes to their footwear. Changing the shoes that are usually worn to something that is more comfortable may release pressure off the toe joints and relieve stress.

 

Ice and Heat Application

Applying ice can benefit toe joints that are inflamed and ease the symptoms of arthritis in this location. Putting heat packs or hot towels is also an alternative for those that do not prefer cold toes.

 

Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Oral anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by doctors to help relieve swelling and discomfort that comes with toe arthritis.

 

Cortisone Injection

Injecting cortisone is simply applying anti-inflammatory medications directly at the area of the inflammation. Doctors can inject the cortisone straight to the site to cause rapid relief from pain.

 

Why Trust The Foot Pod?

At The Foot Pod, we have an experienced doctor that can help provide you with the right solution for arthritis in your toes. Dr. Rachel Timmins is our principal podiatrist and has been operating the clinic since 2008.

Contact us at (08) 9246 7292 or send Dr. Rachel an email directly at drtimmins@thefootpod.com.au. See you and your feet soon!