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Common Conditions

At Podiatry Illawarra we provide complete general podiatry care for almost all conditions that affect the foot and lower-limb, for people of every age. Our Podiatrists have undergone rigorous training to assess, diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of foot and lower-limb conditions, from the most common to most complex disorders and injuries.

With our commitment to ongoing training and education, all of our podiatrists stay up to date with latest in gold standard treatments and technology, to provide the best health outcomes possible for our patients. From general skin to nail care, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and highest quality lower-limb care possible.

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Forefoot Conditions

Your forefoot is a very complex area of the foot. It is made up of 26 bones and many small muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue structures, such as nerves and blood vessels. As a result, numerous conditions can affect the forefoot and lead to debilitating pain. Due to its complexity, it is very important that you see a practitioner with in-depth knowledge of the foot to make an accurate diagnosis. A poor diagnosis often results in poor treatment outcomes.

At Podiatry Illawarra diagnosis is carefully made by first taking a thorough history of your complaint. A comprehensive knowledge of the forefoot anatomy and the numerous conditions affecting the forefoot, is vital to be able to perform detailed examinations of the area of complaint.

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Midfoot Conditions

The midfoot is primarily made up of your foot’s arch, which consists of a series of many small complex joints. The arch is considered the bridge which connects the ball of your foot and your heel, the two areas which bear most of your body’s weight when standing and walking.

Healthy function of the midfoot is very important as its flexibility allows for the foot to adapt to uneven ground, and therefore helping you to maintain balance. Because the midfoot is the high-point of the foot, the joints in this area are subject to problems if the arch falls, flattens or collapses. A foot with a collapsed arch is considered an unstable foot and this can result in excessive stress on the joints and soft tissue (i.e. plantar fascia) of the midfoot, with subsequent pain.

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Rearfoot Conditons

Numerous conditions can cause pain and discomfort in the rearfoot, but by far the most common rearfoot pain is heel pain. There are a number of conditions that may result in pain in the region of your heel, with plantar fasciitis being the most common. Due to the large range of conditions that may cause rearfoot and heel pain, it is vital an accurate diagnosis is made in order to achieve the best outcomes from treatment.

At Podiatry Illawarra, Anthony has undertaken extensive training and education in order to perform comprehensive assessments of the rear foot, allowing us to establish a clear and accurate diagnosis. A clear diagnosis allows us to develop effective treatment plans tailored specifically to you, an approach proven to be highly successful.

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The Diabetic Foot

Serious complications associated with diabetes include stroke, heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, high blood pressure, nervous system diseases, and amputations.

There are many factors which contribute to the development of ulcerations in the feet. Let’s start by looking at the two main effects of diabetes on the feet: the impact of the elevated blood sugar on the circulation and the nervous system.

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Ankle Conditions

The ankle joint is like a hinge joint surrounded by a network of ligaments which connect the bones of the joint together and help stabilise and hold the joint in the right position. During walking and running normal function of the ankle joint is very important, as it allows your body to move over your foot in order to take your next step. The ankle joint endures the full weight of your body and the forces that are exerted on it are considerable, particularly in running and jumping. Because the ankle joint is so important during normal gait, any pains or injuries that affect the ankle, even if mild, should be assessed by a podiatrist. At Podiatry Illawarra, Anthony has undergone extensive training and education in order to accurately examine, diagnose and treat conditions affecting the ankle joint.
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Lower Leg

The lower leg is located between your ankle and knee and is a common area for pain and soreness in all ages of people. The muscles of the lower leg control the movements of the foot and provide it with stability. Increases in activity or changes in footwear can sometimes cause sore muscles or tendonitis. An increase in physical activity is a leading cause of lower leg pain, but there are many other health conditions that can cause leg pain as well.

In children, lower leg pain is common, particularly during periods of rapid growth. However, there is no such thing as ‘growing pains’ and pain that is constant or limits a child in performing normal physical activities should be assessed by a podiatrist immediately.

A common pain are Shin Splints or MTSS

Shin splints is a term used to describe pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs, often during or after exercise. The name is a general description of the area where the pain is, but not a diagnostic term. Medically this is known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). The problem is caused by excessive stress on the shin bone (tibia) and surrounding muscles and is one of the most common causes of exertional leg pain in athletes.
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Knee Conditions

Most people will expereince knee pain sometime in their life. The knee is the largest joint in the body and for most people, it endures large amounts of forces on a daily basis. Knee problems and injuries most often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects. Other causes of knee pain include overuse injuries and pain from underlying conditions, such as arthritis. Knee pain is also common in children, particularly during periods of rapid growth.

Most knee pains respond well to conservative treatment such as physical therapies. However, if its not addressed correctly, knee pain can progress to become a debilitating condition. If you are suffering from knee pain, it is recommended that you seek medical attention in order for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to be implemented.

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Skin Conditions

Corns and callus’ are the most common complaint we see and our podiatrists are experts when it comes to treating them. During your visit, as well recommending ways to relieve pain and get rid of the corn or callus, we will also help with isolating the cause and preventing the problem recurring. Common Skin Conditions:

  • Callus
  • Corns
  • Plantar Warts
  • Cracked Heels
  • Tinea (Athlete’s Foot)
  • Smelly or Sweaty Feet

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Nail Care

Toenail problems can affect people of all ages, but tend to be more common with advancing age. Common problems include ingrown toenails, fungal nails and nail deformities, such as thickened nails. Some causes of nail problems include trauma, ill-fitting shoes, poor circulation and infection.

If you have nail problems, or simply find it difficult to reach your feet, your team at Podiatry Illawarra can help you. Treatment of nail problems are generally painless. Our podiatrists will provide you with education on why and how the problem may occur and ways to reduce the risk of recurrence.

Common Nail Conditions:

  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Fungal Nails
  • Thickened Nails
  • Curved (involuted) Nails
  • Broken or Brittle Nails
  • Lifting of the Toenail

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