Flat Feet

 flat feet is one of the most common foot changes seen in today’s society. Is this you?

Flat Feet

 flat feet is one of the most common foot changes seen in today’s society. Is this you?

Flat Feet

A flat foot is one of the most common foot changes seen in today’s society. Is this you?

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The arches provide a spring to the step and help to distribute body weight across the feet and legs. The structure of the arches determines how a person walks. The arches need to be both sturdy and flexible to adapt to stress and a variety of surfaces.

When people have flat feet, their feet may roll to the inner side when they are standing and walking. This is known as over pronation and it may also cause the feet to point outward.

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The usual method of treatment would be to consult one of our podiatrists before your condition becomes chronic or degenerates further. After your assessment, you may be referred for radiological imaging or a biomechanical assessment where the podiatrist aims to find the cause of your condition and not just the symptoms.

What are the common symptoms of flat feet?

Some of the most common symptoms of having/experiencing flat feet include the following below such as:

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What are the common symptoms of flat feet?

Some of the most common symptoms of having/experiencing flat feet include the following below such as:

If I am currently experiencing flat feet what is the process ?

The usual method of treatment would be to consult one of our podiatrists before your condition becomes chronic or degenerates further. After your assessment, you may be referred for radiological imaging or a biomechanical assessment where the podiatrist aims to find the cause of your condition and not just the symptoms. Once a diagnosis is made, we can develop a long term treatment plan which gets you closer to moving the best you can just as you did in the past.

We use Custom Orthotics, Laser and possible injections to treat your foot conditions.

If I am currently experiencing flat feet what is the process ?

The usual method of treatment would be to consult one of our podiatrists before your condition becomes chronic or degenerates further. After your assessment, you may be referred for radiological imaging or a biomechanical assessment where the podiatrist aims to find the cause of your condition and not just the symptoms. Once a diagnosis is made, we can develop a long term treatment plan which gets you closer to moving the best you can just as you did in the past.

We use Custom Orthotics, Laser and possible injections to treat your foot conditions.

What are some causes to  flat feet?

At The Foot and Ankle Clinic of Australia flat feet are prescribed using the highest grade scanners and imaging devices to provide you with the best possible results.

Some of the causes of flat feet may include the following below;

  • Genetic Predisposition Being Passed Down Through the Family
  • Muscle Weakness in the Foot Causing Structural Changes
  • Previous Injury
  • Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tarsal Coalition (Diagnosed Condition)
  • Aging
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Underlying Nervous System or Muscle Disease

What are some of

Treatments

At The Foot and Ankle Clinic of Australia once a “flat foot” is diagnosed the Podiatrist may request for radiological imaging or further diagnosis before conducting a biomechanical assessment.

The assessment will be conducted to study the function of the foot through range of motion, weight bearing and functional phases of the foot. Video analysis will be conducted of your walking gait to assess the possible causes of your condition.

A short and long term management plan will then be prescribed in order to aim to treat the cause of your condition. This management plan may feature exercises, stretches, footwear prescription, further electro-therapy (such as laser), prescription 3D orthotics and innersoles.

Our aim is to allow you to function as efficiently as possible, so treating the cause of any condition may get you closer sooner than you think.

Consult at one of our locations today in order to prioritise your health

What are some of

Treatments

At The Foot and Ankle Clinic of Australia once a “flat foot” is diagnosed the Podiatrist may request for radiological imaging or further diagnosis before conducting a biomechanical assessment.

The assessment will be conducted to study the function of the foot through range of motion, weight bearing and functional phases of the foot. Video analysis will be conducted of your walking gait to assess the possible causes of your condition.

A short and long term management plan will then be prescribed in order to aim to treat the cause of your condition. This management plan may feature exercises, stretches, footwear prescription, further electro-therapy (such as laser), prescription 3D orthotics and innersoles.

Our aim is to allow you to function as efficiently as possible, so treating the cause of any condition may get you closer sooner than you think.

Consult at one of our locations today in order to prioritise your health

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Are you seeking another podiatry service that is more suitable to the situation you are experieicning. Please contact our friendly and professional team today on how we can help. Alternatively, you can view the other services we provide.

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HOW CAN WE HELP

Were you looking
for another service?

Are you seeking another podiatry service that is more suitable to the situation you are experiencing. Please contact our friendly and professional team today on how we can help. Alternatively, you can view the other services we provide.

Recommending Sporting Shoes: Educating Athletes On Keys To Appropriate Selection

“What is the most appropriate shoe for me?” This may possibly be the most common patient question for any of us who treat athletes of any age or proficiency. I have had the opportunity to work with athletes from beginners to professionals. Many factors weigh into the choice of shoe, including price, past injury and, in sport particularly, shoe size. People who participate in sport often have difficulty finding large enough shoe sizes at a typical sports store.

The reality is many of today’s shoes are not just for playing basketball, they are fashion statements, which slightly complicates the selection process.

So how do we choose and make recommendations for patients? Comfort should be the primary factor above all other factors.

With these findings in mind, how do we recommend the best shoe to our sport-playing patients? For the athletes I treat, I find it is beneficial to add an additional insole, across all ages, but especially in older players. The sock liners that come with basketball shoes are thin and easily replaceable. The lone exception to this is some of the early Kobe Bryant basketball models with Nike. These shoes have exceptionally thick cushioned insoles that one cannot easily replace with an over-the-counter or a custom device. Often, sporting orthotics tend to be flexible and offer more of a custom footbed than a true biomechanically-controlling orthotic. Players like the ability to pivot without too much control.

For players with larger feet, shoes may be difficult to find at the average athletic shoe store. Ordering online directly through the shoe companies frequently offers the best opportunity to buy larger-sized shoes. Unfortunately, this becomes a trial-and-error exercise and one I do not typically recommend. Sometimes it does become the only option.

Today’s sporting shoes offer excellent shock absorption and stability in comparison to older shoe models. Some due diligence may be necessary to find an appropriate shoe for your athletic patients but there are a lot of options available.