Podiatry is the medical science branch studied by health professionals specialising in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders of the foot and the lower limb. The Podiatrist’s scope of practice includes areas such as paediatrics, diabetes, sports injuries, structural problems, the treatment of the elderly as well as general foot care. Our podiatry team has a huge wealth of experience having worked in both private clinical settings in Prahran and also in elite sporting environments.
What do Podiatrists do?
Podiatrists are foot specialists trained to diagnose the pain in your feet, toes, and ankles.
Why Choose Sum Of Us Podiatry Clinic?
We pride ourselves on being the best podiatrist clinic in Melbourne and we help patients with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, foot pain and foot issues on a daily basis.
Our podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, sports injuries, foot pain, skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. We offer an orthotic service and can measure and produce orthotics for those people that need it.
Our Melbourne Podiatry clinic in High Street, Prahran, is conveniently located near all South Melbourne suburbs. Why not visit us and take a look around. Call us on 03 9510 6311 or contact us for an appointment.
Sum Of Us’s Foot Clinic Services:
- Callus on heel removal
- Heel pain diagnosis and treatment
- Ingrown corn treatment
- Foot, ankle, and toe health advice
- Foot injury rehabilitation
- Custom orthotics
- Bunion treatment and bunion removal
- Plantar fasciitis pain management
- Podiatry care for the elderly
- General foot pain diagnosis
Why is Foot Health is so Important?
Our feet often receive a lot less attention than other body parts. It’s easy to understand why. Our feet spend most of their time covered with footwear. They’re usually not our best feature to show to the world. And apart from helping connect with the ground as we walk, they don’t appear to serve other purposes.
But the health of our feet plays a vitally important role in the health of our entire body.
As we walk our feet, toes, and ankles perform a complex series of changes to enable the smooth transition of one leg to another. Our feet support our entire bodyweight, act as shock absorbers, and move us along with
Essentially the bones, ligaments, and tendons in our lower leg are a complex mechanism that has two functions: propulsion and load bearing.
Practitioners of reflexology, a form of foot massage, believe that the foot is a stimulation point for energy channels that run through and affect the entire body. The practice of reflexology focuses on improving the overall health of the body by massaging parts of the feet.
What Can Your Feet Tell About Your Health?
Foot pain can indicate issues with bone health. Osteoporosis is more common than you might think. Pain and discomfort in the foot can also be caused by incorrect footwear and stress fractures. If left unchecked, these conditions can lead to major health problems
- Club toes can be an indicator of serious conditions such as lung cancer and thyroid issues.
- Swollen feet can be caused not only by standing for long periods (which we don’t recommend) but also by poor circulation and lymphatic system problems.
- Big Toe Pain, for many people, is a sign of osteoarthritis. Always have any lingering toe pain checked by a podiatrist.
Preventing Foot Problems
What can you do to prevent ankle problems, reduce discomfort in the foot area, and prevent bunions, calluses and other issues?
- Wear proper footwear
- Get a gait assessment if participating in sports
- Have a podiatrist check your feet for potential issues
- Treat foot problems immediately.
Keith Lang is a health & fitness writer, ex-personal trainer, and qualified fitness instructor. Keith practises yoga and meditation daily and enjoys CrossFit. When he’s not writing and learning about wellness, he runs a marketing agency.