Podiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of painful and debilitating disorders of the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists have extensive knowledge of human anatomy and a deep understanding of the mechanics of the foot and lower limb. Podiatrists provide individual specialist treatment to all clients so they can prevent and treat lower limb and foot complaints enabling patient to walk, run and play without pain. As well as the treatment of foot problems, podiatrists also implement prevention strategies and care plans that are designed to maximise mobility and the patient’s level of activity.
Simply, Podiatrists offer a professional diagnosis and suggest and provide treatment for FOOT, ANKLE and related LOWER LIMB problems
Abnormal foot mechanics are a major contributing factor to a large number of lower limb conditions.
Podiatrists are highly qualified practitioners requiring a University Degree and current registration with AHPRA.
Our Podiatrists are accredited Podiatrists of the Australasian Podiatry Council.
Biomechanics is the study of physics relating to the body. Much of the Podiatrists work involves assessing the biomechanics of the lower limb function and foot misalignment. Symptoms such as knee pain, shin soreness, heel pain, lower back pain, Achilles tendonitis and foot and leg fatigue may be the result of faulty foot mechanics. A common problem encountered is excessive pronation.
Pronation is the inward motion of the foot that causes the arch to flatten, the heels to roll in and the inside of the feet to become very prominent. Excessive pronation is one of the most common causesof foot, knee and leg discomfort. It causes the joint surfaces to function at unnatural angles to each other. At first this may cause fatigue in feet and legs. as the problem persists, strain on muscle, tendons and ligaments of the foot and lower leg can cause ongoing problems and deformity.
Not everyone requires treatment for excessive pronation. This depends on the nature and severity of injury and presentation.