Heel pain is one of the most common and painful foot conditions we treat.
One of the first things we will need to figure out is what’s causing your heel pain. There are a number of conditions that can cause your heels to hurt, which is why we focus first on determining the true cause of your heel pain. If the wrong cause is identified, your podiatry care and treatment could be doing more harm than good.
Some common causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendonitis, which is tearing along your tendon that can be very painful. Your heel may hurt at the back instead of on the bottom.
- Plantar fasciitis involves stress or injury to a thick ligament in the bottom of your foot. The ligament can over stretch and tear, causing inflammation and pain.
- Bone bruises can be caused if your heel strikes a rock or another object really hard.
- Excessive pronation is caused when you have flat or fallen arches and your ankles begin to sag inward. This affects your gait, which in turn causes inflammation and pain in the foot.
- Bursitis is a soft tissue growth on your heel, which is often mistaken for a heel spur but is actually typically a neuroma or sac of fluid.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that can cause pain in your heels or toes.
- Gout can also cause pain in your heels or toes.
As expert podiatrists, we want to help you get back to living without heel pain. In order to accomplish this effectively and successfully, we pride ourselves on taking the time to listen to your concerns, symptoms, and treatment goals. Your podiatry care is our top priority, and we can typically help you heal without surgery.
We Knock Heel Spur Pain Out…Fast!
If you’re experiencing heel pain, it’s most likely because of plantar fasciitis and a possible heel spur. A heel spur is a protective, bony growth that forms on your heel oftentimes associated with plantar fasciitis. Heel pain can make every step you take painful, so it can be a massive disruption to your life.
If you’re experiencing heel pain you may need x-rays to rule out a heel spur. Though many podiatrists don’t take the time to fully understand any underlying causes of your heel spur, that is not the case with us. We work collaboratively with you so that we can fully understand your condition and what the root cause of it is.
The conditions that most often cause heel spurs include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammation of the spine
- Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter’s disease
- Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, also known as DISH or Forestier’s disease
Of course not every case of heel spurs are related to these conditions, we believe in creating a treatment plan based on fully and completely understanding what is causing your heel pain. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all treatment, and understand that you are unique and worthy of a full investigation into the best way to help end your heel pain.
Orthotics are prescribed to treat many foot conditions the most common being:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- over pronation
- Shin splint
Runaway Bay Podiatry has an on-site orthotic laboratory so we control the entire orthotic production process. No matter what type of orthotic you require we have the materials on hand to deliver the best possible custom orthotic to our patients.We have the options of producing custom orthotics with the use of 3d scanners or using plaster moulds and we produce them all on-site!
Runaway Bay Podiatry Clinic is the leading RSWT clinic on the Gold Coast. We have been using it for over 8 years and have successfully treated hundreds of patients. Radial Shockwaves are used to treat enthesopathies. These are conditions of inflammation where soft tissue and bone attach. The most common conditions treated with RSWT are ;
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Plantar and posterior heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
- Patella tendonitis
- Hip Bursitis
Please call Runaway Bay Podiatry Clinic if you would like more information on this exciting pain relieving treatment.
Your Feet Shouldn’t Be In Pain
Sometimes an ingrown toenail may actually be no big deal, but under certain circumstances, it can become a very big deal. In fact, if left untreated and allowed to grow and embed itself further into your toe, an ingrown toenail can result in a bone infection or even blood toxicity when it breaks the skin, especially if you also have toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Both of those conditions can become life-threatening. Here at Runaway Bay Podiatry clinic we can perform a permanent surgical procedure to cure persistant ingrowing toenails. This procedure is called a partial nail avulsion and is performed under local anaesthetic. We have been alleviating ingrown toenails using this method successfully for over 20 years.
This risk is higher for people with diabetes, as you may have poor blood circulation or be unable to feel pain or discomfort due to peripheral neuropathy.
We highly recommend that you come in if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Redness around your toenail
- Pain and/or tenderness around one or both sides of your toenail
- Heat emanating from the painful area of your toe
- Swelling and redness next to the nail
- Pus draining from the red area of your toe
Even if you don’t have diabetes, an ingrown toenail can be extremely uncomfortable. Ultimately, your best option is to be seen by a Podiatrist. In some cases, simple home treatments may be all you need, but if you’ve tried home remedies for your ingrown toenail and they haven’t worked, we highly recommend seeing our podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid further pain and potential complications.
Don’t Let Diabetes Knock You Off Your Feet!
Here’s the problem. It’s very common for a diabetic to start to feel some burning or tingling in the feet. This is the early signs of nerve damage known as Diabetic Neuropathy. At first it may not seem like a big deal but with time it can progress and eventually become very bothersome. Many patients describe not being able to relax or sleep because of the burning.
As it progresses it can actually become painful and eventually you can lose the feeling in your feet. Loss of feeling often means you may not feel a foot injury. You could have a tack or rock in your shoe and walk on it all day without knowing it. Often times it isn’t found out until it becomes infected.
This lack of feeling can lead to a Diabetic Ulcer which is an “open sore” that forms most often on the bottom of the foot. Because of the Diabetic Neuropathy, the ulcers don’t hurt.
It’s these Diabetic Ulcers that lead to amputation. It can start out by just amputation of a toe but it’s not uncommon for that to lead to amputation of a foot or leg.
We suspect that many people suffer from foot pain and write it off as normal. We’re here to tell you that doesn’t have to be the case. Our podiatry clinic prides itself on being a pleasant environment whose goal is to provide the latest in podiatry care and treatment options for every foot and ankle problem.
Treatment For Your Child’s Unique Feet.
Your children are not immune to having foot problems, which is why we also treat children’s feet. Because your child is still growing, growth plates are present in the feet that make addressing foot conditions early critical to a healthy and full recovery. Even if you don’t feel like your child’s foot problem is serious, it may be more serious than you think, which makes seeing a Podiatrist crucial.
Because your child’s feet are still growing, any problems that occur before the ages of 13-15 should be addressed by an expert Podiatrist. Typically, your child’s feet will stop growing between the ages of 13 and 15, so any problems that occur before this age should certainly be addressed.
There are a number of conditions that can affect your child’s feet. Ingrown toenails, flat feet, growth plate inflammation, and warts are some of the most common ones. Sever’s disease – growth plate inflammation in the heel – is the most common of these conditions, especially if your child is active in sports. Typically, the complaint is about pain in the heel during and after a game or practice.
Active children are also more prone to flat feet, which can often cause pain in the feet and lower legs. Many general practitioners misdiagnose this problem as simply being “growing pains,” which is why we recommend that you see a Podiatrist with your child in the event that he or she experiences any foot or ankle pain.
Typically, we can find a solution for your child’s foot pain as soon as the very first visit. For a condition such as flat feet, your child may simply need custom orthotics to support their feet. Your child’s feet are unique and still growing, so allow us to help you by getting your child back to the activities he or she loves to do without the pain of having a foot condition.
Your feet play an important role in most sports, take good care of them.
Improving your athletic performance is a complicated puzzle with many parts. A Podiatrist may not be the first thing to come to your mind, BUT we have the answers that can help you if you’re experiencing any kind of foot or ankle pain that hinders your athletic ability. If so, you’re in the right place.
Some common problems we can help you with when it comes to sports medicine are: Stress fractures, Hallux Rigidus, Plantar fasciitis, Heel pain, Metatarsal pain, Calluses, Achilles tendon issues, Running injuries, Balance issues, Ingrown toenails, Morton’s neuroma, Biomechanics, Ankle sprains, Fractures, Warts, Blisters, Shin splints and more
Your Ankle Sprain Should Be Treated By An Expert Podiatrist
Too often we see patients who have had their ankle sprains treated by another Podiatrist but are still in pain. Unfortunately, ineffective and costly treatments can sometimes make a condition worse or cause problems that are not always reversible.
When your injured ankle isn’t treated properly and in a timely manner, it can heal itself in a way that may cause instability, limited mobility, and increase your likelihood of future sprained ankles.
Timing is everything when treating a sprained ankle injury, so the sooner you see a podiatrist the sooner you can get back to your life and doing what you love.
Fungal toenail infections affect about 10% of the population.
Toenail fungus and athlete’s foot are actually caused by the same type of fungus. Toenail fungus usually begins as a small spot under your nail and slowly but surely affects your entire nail.
As it spreads, toenail fungus begins to make your toenails thicken and discoloured. This fungal infection can spread to your skin or fingernails, although fungus on the fingernails is pretty uncommon. Toenail fungus often thrives because your feet provide a warm, dark, and often damp environment.
Don’t Let Itchy Athlete’s Foot Hold You Back!
Athlete’s foot is a foot condition that affects the skin on your feet. This fungal infection usually affects the bottom of your feet, the base of your toes, and in some cases, the sides of your feet. If you have toenail fungus, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Pain on your skin or in your foot. Rashes, dryness, or peeling. Burning or stinging sensation. Blisters, infection, swelling, or itching.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to see a podiatrist as soon as possible when you experience any condition involving your feet. If you have diabetes, your risk of a small problem like toenail fungus becoming a big problem increases due to poor circulation. Toenail fungus is one of those conditions that could be shrugged off as “no big deal,” but in extreme cases or if coupled with another condition such as an ingrown toenail, it could become a huge issue and lead to a skin infection, blood poisoning, or an infection in your bone.
When You Should Seek Help From A Podiatrist for Flat Feet.
If you experience foot pain on a regular basis or have any of the listed symptoms consistently, then it may be time to see a Podiatrist. You shouldn’t have to live with foot pain, we’ve helped thousands of people with flat feet get back to their lives fast.
Many people with flat feet never experience symptoms. However, if you have flat feet and do experience symptoms, those may include:
- Tired or achy feet after you stand or play sports.
- Foot pain.
- Pain in your hips.
- Pain in your lower legs.
- Pain in your arches.
- Pain in your ankles.
Obviously different conditions will require specific therapy. This may involve exercises, mobilisation, manipulation, massage, footwear advice an/or postural balance programs.
At birth it is normal for a child to have very flat feet. As the child grows older the arch should usually develop. If the arch hasn’t developed by age 5 or 6, they should be assessed by a podiatrist. They may not require treatment at this stage but it is important to monitor and assess them if you have any concerns.
At Runaway Bay Podiatry Clinic we treat all types of foot conditions. Sometimes its just difficult to bend down to tend to your own feet because of back pain or arthritis. Whether it be painful corns or callous, thickened toenails, fungal skin or toenail infections if your feet require some general attention give the Runaway Bay Podiatry Clinic a call.
A podiatrist (commonly referred to as a foot doctor) is not a doctor as such but rather an expert in caring for your feet, with special skills focusing on the maintenance and treatment of skin, nails conditions of the feet and ankles. Regular treatment by a podiatrist (also formerly known as a chiropodist) can help prevent many common painful lesions such as ingrown toenails and other nail problems, corns, toenail fungus, callouses and cracked heels. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one and is generally not advisable.
You should seek a podiatrist when any of the following conditions occur or persist:
- Blisters are foot problems that we have all had at some point in our lives! They are caused by heat, moisture, skin friction or excessive pressure – or a combination of all!
- Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe.
- Cracked heels is when the skin around the heel becomes dry, it loses it’s suppleness and elasticity and often begins to split.
- Foot odour results from excessive perspiration (sweaty feet) from the more than 250,000 sweat glands in the foot. Daily hygiene is essential.
- Warts are caused by a virus, which can enter the skin through small cuts and cause significant foot pain. There is a variety of footcare option for plantar warts which will depend of a number of individual factors which your podiatrist will best educate you on.
Get Treatment & Relief For Your Bunions … Fast!
You may have heard some negative things from people when talking about seeking treatment for your bunions. People may have told you that bunion surgery doesn’t work or even makes the pain worse, and this comes from the past experiences of people who may have had bunion surgery performed a long time ago or by a doctor who wasn’t an expert.
If you find yourself feeling nervous about seeking treatment for your bunions because you’ve heard those kinds of statements, you’re certainly not alone. You should only trust an expert foot surgeon to perform bunion surgery successfully, and unfortunately the horror stories are often born because of the surgeon, not because of the surgery itself.
Of course it’s always best to develop a custom treatment plan for your bunions based on your unique situation and needs, which is why we take a consultative approach. It’s important that your Podiatrist takes the time to get to know your feet and your unique condition with you so that you can come up with the best possible treatment plan together.