The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous band of tissue that connects the calf muscle, comprised of separate muscles, to the calcaneous (heel bone). The two main muscles are the gastrocnemius, which crosses the knee joint, and the soleus, which does not cross the knee joint. Contraction of this muscle complex causes the foot to plantarflex (point downwards). This action allows for you to stand on tip-toe.
ESWT is a non-invasive adjunctive treatment for patients experiencing chronic heel pain such as plantar fasciopathy (heel spurs) or Achilles tendinopathy. Clinical trials have proven ESWT to be 80% effective in the treatment of heel pain.
The first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ), commonly referred to as the big toe joint, is comprised of the first metatarsal bone and the hallux (big toe). Hallux limitus refers to a limitation of dorsiflexion (upward movement) of the big toe.
Hammertoe, claw toe and mallet toe are common lesser toe deformities. The majority of toe deformities have a hereditary background that causes muscular imbalance in the foot, however, some may be the result of wearing constrictive footwear.
The most common neuroma in the foot is called a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs at the base of the third and fourth digits. Two nerves converge at the third and fourth metatarsophalangeal joints. Where the nerves join they are typically larger in diameter than those going to the other digits and are therefore more susceptible to compressive injury.
Nail surgery is a common procedure performed by your podiatrist to effectively treat an ingrown toenail. Surgery may be required when an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected or is continually painful.
Plantar warts are benign (non-cancerous) growths that occur on the plantar (bottom) surface of the foot. They are often painful and can occur at any age, however, they are more common in children and young adults.
Plantar fasciopathy is an overuse injury affecting the sole (plantar) aspect of the foot. Plantar fasciopathy is a condition involving inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of your toes.
Patello-femoral syndrome is a common overuse knee complaint resulting in discomfort under and around the patella (knee cap). Pain usually is aggravated by activity or following periods of sitting or lying down. Patello-femoral syndrome can occur in one or both knees.
Severs disease is the most common cause of heel pain in young children between the ages of 10 and 13. The condition is more common in boys and is an inflammation of the growth plates of the calcaneus (heel bone) where the Achilles tendon attaches.
Shin splints are an exercise related pain that commonly occur at either the front (antero-lateral) aspect of the leg or the back (postero-medial) aspect of the leg. Shin splints are an overuse injury resulting from repetitive activity on hard surfaces, running on tip toes and is also seen in people participating in sports involving a lot of jumping.
Socks for Africa – A Safety Bay podiatrist is putting the needs of African children first, one sock at a time.
Over the past two years, Malibu Podiatry’s Mark Ould has organised for more than 1000 pairs of socks to be collected and distributed throughout Tanzania and to local homeless people.
“The main reason I commenced the program was because of the sheer wastage of the socks, they were used once in the capturing of a 3D foot scan and then thrown away,” he said.
“I just thought they could be put to better use.”
Mr Ould was introduced to Elizabeth Stroud, who had worked in Africa and Tanzania for 20 years.
From conversations with Ms Stroud, the idea grew to include aid organisation Action Tanzania and the Socks for Schools Project was established.
“I’m proud about the little we have been able to do so far,” Mr Ould said.
“Our long-term goal is to collect enough socks so that more can be distributed to needy people around Australia.”
Since its inception, socks have been collected by podiatrists around Australia and sent to Malibu Podiatry, where they are packed.
Action Tanzania then ensures the socks are collected and distributed to children in rural areas, especially those in colder climates.
Last month, the most recent load of socks were delivered to Ukwama Children’s Home, an orphanage in Mahenge, Ulanga District, Morogoro region and home to 96 children, four of whom live with a disability.
Original article available – http://www.soundtelegraph.com.au/?31885182