Category: Health

Are your running shoes right for you?

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

 

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With so many runners available these days from the likes of Asics, Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, Saucony, Mizuno and so on, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when walking into a sports store and looking at their footwear displays. Combine this with each brand’s colour choices and aesthetics, choosing runners is a serious business! To make it easier for you, we’ve broken down the different types of shoes into categories so that you can pick the shoe that is most suitable for you!

 

 

Running shoes:

No gimmicks with this one, running shoes are designed to be run in. Each particular brand will have a range of different technologies integrated into their shoes in order to provide optimum support for the wearer, however it just depends what is needed for your feet! In stores like rebel sport and The Athlete’s Foot, sales assistants are usually able to tell what your foot type is and show you which shoes fit your foot type. Runners are designed for straight line motion and often have a mesh upper, which makes them light and breathable. However, a lot of people will use runners for a variety of different activities including gym workouts and social sports. It is important that you chose the right runner that will support your foot in every activity that you tend to wear them for. Running shoes can be broken down into 2 main categories:

  • Stability shoes – these shoes are appropriate for people who have lower arches, or who tend to ‘over pronate’, meaning their feet roll in too much. Stability shoes have what’s called medial posting, whereby the sole of the shoe is a little stiffer under the arch of your feet to help maintain a neutral alignment, allowing all the structures in your feet to work more efficiently. If you’re unsure, stability shoes will sometimes design the medial posting to be a different colour or pattern to the rest of the style to highlight the support.

 

New Balance 860v8, Vivid Cobalt Blue with Energy Lime & Black

  • Neutral shoes – these shoes are appropriate for those who have a relatively normal and neutral foot type and don’t tend to over pronate. If you are experiencing pain due to flat feet, these shoes may not provide enough support. These shoes are generally more suited to those who have already orthotics to prevent over pronation, as there tends to be no over correction.

 

 

Cross training shoes:

Traditionally, cross trainers are leather shoes that are used for a variety of different activities, hence their name. They can be a bit bulky but are often a preferred choice for walkers and some hikers as they tend to feel a little more supportive than runners. These days, some brands have started designing their cross trainers a little differently by designing a hybrid shoe with both leather and mesh components. Leather is more durable than mesh, however mesh is more breathable than leather. By combining the 2, you end up with the best of both worlds! Some cross trainers will also come in stability and neutral options as well, so best to check when trying them to see if they have the medial posting you may need.

 New Balance 857v2, White with Navy

 

Sports specific shoes:

This one pretty much goes without saying – sports specific shoes are specific to the sport they are intended for. Whilst some of them can be interchangeable with some sports (such as basketball and netball), it is important to note that there are generally pretty good reasons as to why they are specific to that sport. In saying that, most sports specific shoes are relatively neutral and often don’t provide much extra support within the arches.

Nike Zoom Live II Men's Basketball Shoe

 

If you are still feeling overwhelmed with the footwear choices out there, feel free to book in with one of us here at Watsonia Podiatry so we can help you choose the right shoe for you! Our Podiatry team are highly qualified and experience and are here to answer your questions and offer advice on all things feet!

To make an appointment call us on 03 9111 7668 or Book Online here.

Callus and Corns

Callus and corns are a common reason why people visit a podiatrist. They can be quite painful and can occur on various spots on the foot. They occur on areas of the feet where there is too much pressure, so the skin lays down more and more layers to protect itself. However, this doesn’t mean that it should stick around!

What Is Callus?

Callus usually presents as a yellowish growth of skin on areas of the foot where there is increased pressure and loading on the one spot. Common places for callus to form includes the heels, the big toes and along the ball of the foot. Those who follow the Australian Open may remember in 2018, Hyeon Chung was forced to retire hurt in the semi-final against Roger Federer due to ‘blisters’. However, the blisters had formed over the top of callus on the big toe which had caused a breakdown of the skin and a wound underneath. Whilst this is an extreme presentation, it highlights the need for appropriate callus management to avoid blistering and breakdown of the skin. Callus can also form on the heels and lead to cracking and bleeding of the skin which can be very painful.

 

What Are Corns?

Corns also occur due to increased pressure, however they present as a conical structure of callus that can be quite deep and painful. They can happen anywhere on the feet however are most common on the toes or the ball of the foot, often due to the structure of the feet or footwear that is too tight or constricting. 

There are many different types of corns that can occur on various parts of the foot, including hard and soft corns, seed corns and vascular or neurovascular corns. 

How Can Corns and Callus be Treated?

Podiatrists are able to effectively treat and prevent callus and corn formation via a variety of methods.

We use a scalpel to debride/remove the corns and callus and often use different offloading devices such as felt padding, orthotics, silicone devices, toe props and other handy devices to redistribute pressure away from the area.

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If you suffer from painful callus or corns, or are experiencing any foot discomfort or pain, call us on 9432 2689 or book online and we’d be happy to help!

What is a Podiatrist?

Have you ever wondered what exactly a podiatrist does? Keep reading for the answer!

Contrary to popular belief, podiatrists don’t just cut toenails!

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lower limb and foot conditions. Some of the common problems we can help with include:

Why Am I Seeing a Podiatrist If I Have Diabetes?

Diabetes, Podiatrists, and Your Feet.

It’s a statement we hear all too often as podiatrists when a patient presents with a history of diabetes:

“My GP told me that I have diabetes and that I need to start seeing a podiatrist, but I don’t understand why”.

It is estimated that approximately 5% of the Australian population has been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and unfortunately that number seems to be rising.

Diabetes is associated with other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and has a number of risk factors including genetics, diet, a sedentary lifestyle and many more.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST VISIT TO A PODIATRIST?

So what can you expect from your first visit to a podiatrist at Watsonia Podiatry?

When you arrive for your first visit with our Podiatrists at our clinic you will be greeted by our amazing and friendly admin team and will be asked to fill out a new client registration.

This will give your podiatrist all the information they need to know before we see you. Most importantly it will grants us your consent for us to treat you.

This will include your basics contact details, medical history, ‘what you would like us to help you with today?’ and a consent form.

Believe it or knot, there are different ways to tie your shoelaces!

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By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin                                             

You know it’s going to be a great blog when it starts with a pun! But onto a serious note, many people don’t know that there are other ways to tie shoelaces, rather than just the standard method we are all taught as kids. Shoelaces are responsible for fixation which keeps our feet nice and snug in our shoes and are an integral feature of a good shoe. There are many reasons as to why people may need to lace their shoes different. These include wide feet, narrow feet, common deformities such as bunions and hammer toes, different sized feet and many other Toe & Forefoot and Midfoot & Rearfoot conditions.

Is Your Idea of a Perfect Shoe Actually Perfect for You?

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By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

With the abundance of footwear brands and styles available on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to pick a shoe that is going to be comfortable enough to last the distance! Often, we compromise on comfort in order to have the most stylish shoe available, however this can sometimes lead to issues such as blisters or corns (which are extremely annoying and often very painful!).

Rejoice Ladies! Shoes and Orthotics Can Be a Match Made in Heaven!

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By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

Finding shoes for women to accommodate orthotics can be an extremely difficult task, unless you know where to look. There are many footwear brands that are both stylish and orthotic friendly, so there’s no need to compromise on comfort or style! As most orthotics are customised specifically for each individual foot, it’s important to take them with you whenever looking for shoes to ensure they fit correctly and provide you with appropriate support and of course, comfort. We’ve done the research for you and found our top 3 picks for orthotic friendly footwear brands.

Cutting toenails – pretty straightforward, right?

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By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

Most people believe that cutting toenails is pretty easy, right? You might be surprised to hear that a large portion of the patients that a podiatrist typically sees are patients presenting with toenail issues. These issues can range from fungal nails, ingrown nails or that the patient is simply not able to reach down to their feet to cut their nails themselves. Most of us believe that cutting toenails is relatively straightforward, however a common presentation to podiatry clinics are nail pathologies that have occurred due to incorrect cutting techniques.