Footwear Tips for the Diabetic Foot

Choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes with plenty of room, especially in the toe box, but not too loose so that they slip. Get your feet measured and professionally fitted. Never buy tight shoes hoping they will stretch. Make sure you fit them to your larger foot, you may need an insole for the other shoe. Avoid…

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The ‘High Risk’ Diabetic Foot

The main risk factors for Patients with Diabetes are peripheral neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease and structural deformity. Peripheral neuropathy is when you have altered sensation or numbness in the feet and/or hands which can lead to ulceration, oedema (swelling) and if left untreated, sepsis, osteomyelitis, and amputation.  Ulceration can often start as a simple callous,…

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Diabetes and the Foot

People with diabetes risk serious and disabling foot complications, the risk of which is greatly reduced with good blood glucose control. Diabetes may affect the feet in two ways:    Firstly, the nerves which enable you to feel pain, temperature extremes and give early warning of possible trauma, are damaged. Secondly, the blood supply to the…

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Diabetes and Foot Facts

Diabetes is the fastest growing non-infectious disease in the world, with more than one million people in Australia now diagnosed. Australia has the second highest lower limb amputation rate in the developed world, with one Australian losing a lower limb every 3 hours as a direct result of diabetes related foot disease. The foot is…

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Heel & Arch pain

Not all heel or arch pain is due to plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome. There can a number of causes including heel pad atrophy, bursitis, heel bumps, skin fissures, verrucae, corns, Achilles tendinopathy, embedded foreign object, poor footwear or ill-fitting footwear, just to mention a few. Correct diagnosis is essential to good treatment outcomes,…

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Ankle Sprains, Strains & Fractures

Common causes of ankle strains, sprains and fractures involve sports, biomechanical instability, trauma or footwear. Here are some points to help you distinguish whether you have a strain, sprain or fracture, however it is best to seek medical advice if your pain is more than minor. STRAINS are an injury to the muscle or tendon…

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Foot Types & Running Shoe styles

Do you know how much impact your feet take when exercising?     Walking is 1-2 times a person’s body weight Running is 3-4 times a person’s body weight and High Impact Activities such as Netball or Basketball are up to 8 times a person’s body weight.                  That’s a lot of strain on your feet…

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Preventing Common Hiking Injuries

𝐁𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: Prevention is better than cure. Wear well-fitting shoes and socks which allow for expansion of the foot but don’t allow slipping. Socks should be made from wool, bamboo or polyester. Lace your shoes up firmly. To avoid further friction try wearing a thin sock underneath a thicker sock and ensure seams don’t irritate bony…

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July is Your Feet in the Great Outdoors Month

With our countryside having turned a gorgeous green following our recent rain and the fact that we can now roam about freely within our beautiful state, our theme for the month of July is ‘Your feet in the great Outdoors’. We will be looking at activities like Hiking and how to prevent common foot problems…

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