Orthotics

Custom thermoformed orthotics provide a perfect fit between the soles of your feet and the insides of your shoes. They support your feet in a healthy natural way (like walking barefoot on the beach) and prevent abnormal pronation. Orthotics reduce the forces which cause excessive stress and pain in the body.

They improve the alignment of the foot and leg so that these forces are re-directed to structures that can absorb them effectively.Custom fitted orthotics provide total contact stimulation to sensory nerve endings to improve reflexes, balance and the posture of your body.

When using orthotics you will notice some or all of the following effects:
A significant reduction in your symptoms within two weeks and sometimes immediately, and a feeling that you are walking or running slightly differently. Increased comfort and less fatigue when walking or running will also be evident. More effects include:

An improvement in the alignment of you foot and leg
Improved balance and stability
Improved posture

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when a sharp corner of the toenail is curved downward and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth at the spot where the nail curls into the skin.
If left untreated, the inflamed area can begin to grow extra tissue or drain yellowish fluid. If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odour. However, even if your toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.

Ingrown toenails happen when the toenail has become cracked or frayed, forming sharp spikes that push into the skin and set up an infection.

When feet are hot they produce a lot of sweat. When feet spend a lot of time inside shoes (especially inside joggers and ‘sneakers’ with synthetic socks), the hot sweaty environment softens the toenail, making it more likely to break and form spikes. This provides an ideal environment for infection to start.

Tight shoes, which press the skin at the side of the nail onto the sharp spike, also make the situation worse. Until the nail grows long enough so that the end is beyond the skin at the end of the toe, infections can come back even when they are treated.

Foot/Ankle Pain

A sprained ankle occurs following a sudden sideways or twisting movement of the foot. An ankle sprain can occur during athletic events, its common with basketball players after they land from a jump, or even just during everyday activities. All it takes is an awkward step, e.g. on the edge of a curb, or an uneven surface to cause an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is the most common foot and ankle injury.

The immediate symptoms of a sprained ankle are pain in the area, mainly the ankle and sometimes down the foot, they may have trouble standing, walking or putting weight on the foot, swelling and bruising. The swelling can be immediate or occur over several hours.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common foot complaint and is one of the most common conditions treated by Podiatrists. It is often a message from the body that something is in need of medical attention. Pain that occurs right after an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, often warning us about the damage we have suffered.

Causes
Faulty Biomechanics (abnormality in the way we walk)
Obesity
Ill fitting or poorly constructed footwear
Standing/running/jumping on hard surfaces
Injury such as bruising or stress
Fracture

Flat Feet

Flat Feet is a condition where the foot doesn’t have a normal arch. Most feet have an arch on the inside of the foot; however, some children may have flat feet, also known as fallen arches

Flat feetoccur when the arch on the inside of the foot does not develop and the entire sole of the foot is touching the ground. It can affect one or both feet.

Signs and symptoms

Flat feet are generally caused by loose joint connections and baby fat between the foot bones. These conditions make the arch in your child’s foot fall when they stand up. This is why you sometimes hear flat feet being referred to as “fallen arches.”