Foot Problems

What's wrong with your Feet?

At Wagga Foot Clinic, we treat patients for the following conditions:

  • Arch pain
  • Achilles tendon
  • Diabetes
  • Thick nails
  • Smelly feet
  • General foot pain
  • Pigeon toes
  • Ingrown toe nails
  • Cracked heels
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fracture
  • Athlete's foot
  • Tinea
  • Knock knees
  • Corns
  • Callus
  • Heel spurs
  • Planter warts
  • Fungal nails
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Limping
  • Pins and needles
  • Swollen ankles
  • Children's feet
  • Foot ulcers
  • and more..

 

More information

Orthotics

Orthotics are in-shoe devices sometimes essential in the treatment of common foot pain and functional foot problems. They are manufactured from special plastics available in different thicknesses and levels of firmness.

Wagga Foot Clinic provides two different kinds of orthotics:

  • Prefabricated orthotics: ready-made orthotics that come in a generic size and can have additions applied depending on your foot problem.
  • Custom foot orthotics: orthotics that are made specifically for your foot from a cast, impression or digital scan, which is sent to a specialist lab for production.

All the orthotics issued at Wagga Foot Clinic come with a six month warranty from the issue date, which includes any follow-up appointments and adjustments to the orthotics within this time period.

Our podiatrists also recover and, where possible if required, adjust existing orthotics.

Wearing your orthotics

When issued, your podiatrist will discuss any adjustment period that may be required for you to get used to your orthotics and ongoing care for them. It is important that you follow the instructions below to get the full benefit and life out of your orthotics.

  • Remove any existing insoles from your footwear
  • Insert your orthotics, pushing firmly into the heel and running your hand down the device to ensure there is no creasing towards your toes
  • Gradually wear in your orthotics. We recommend one hour on the first day, increasing by one hour daily if comfortable, to allow your body to adjust
  • You may experience some initial discomfort, but please phone us if the discomfort worsens or becomes prolonged
  • Your orthotics should be comfortable for daily use before you use them in sport
  • Your orthotics should be reviewed by your podiatrist annually

Care instructions

  • Do not immerse your orthotics in water or put them in the machine. Wipe them for cleaning with a damp cloth or baby wipe.
  • If your orthotics become smelly or you suffer with tinea, spray them lightly with Glen 20
  • Ensure all dirt and gravel is regularly cleared from your footwear
  • Do not leave your orthotics in the sun, the car or where your dog may be able to pick them up!
Information about the Absolute Toe Pressure

Wagga Foot Clinic is now using Absolute Toe Pressure as part of their vascular assessment for clients (as required).

Absolute Toe Pressure is a measure of digital arterial perfusion, giving a more accurate picture of tissue perfusion in the distal foot and helping to establish healing potential.

Absolute Toe Pressure involves using a photoplethysmography (PPG) probe and toe cuff to obtain the systolic blood pressure in the toe (usually the hallux). It can either be used as a value alone, or in comparison with the brachial systolic pressure (Toe Brachial Pressure Index).

The values for the Absolute Toe Pressure are categorised below:

Normal < 80mmHg (recommended for clients considering nail surgery)

At Risk > 80mmHg

Requires urgent vascular referral > 30mmHg

If you have any questions regarding the Absolute Toe Pressure as a vascular assessment tool, or any other foot problems, please contact Wagga Foot Clinic on (02) 6921 1783.

Heel pain

Heel pain is common and very debilitating. There are several common causes of heel pain, including:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • bursitis
  • Sever’s disease in children

Our podiatrists are highly experienced in assessing and treating heel pain. Treatment plans include:

  • imaging to assess the source of pain and severity
  • anti-inflammatory agents
  • stretching and exercises
  • footwear assessment
  • strapping
  • orthotics

It is vital that you seek a podiatrists opinion if you suffer from heel pain, as it is commonly misdiagnosed and you may end up undergoing unnecessary, ineffective invasive treatment.

Forefoot pain

Commonly generally referred to as metatarsalgia, forefoot pain is particularly common in women and normally occurs as a result of footwear choices, foot structure change and as part of the ageing process.

Common forefoot problems include:

  • Bunions (hallux abductovalgus)
  • Toe deformities
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • stress fractures
  • Tailor’s bunions
  • fat pad atrophy or displacement
  • plantar plate tears
  • Our podiatrists are highly experienced in assessing and treating heel pain. Treatment plans include:
  • imaging to assess the source of pain and severity
  • anti-inflammatory agents
  • stretching and exercises
  • footwear assessment
  • strapping
  • orthotics
  • surgery
Childrens Feet

Supporting growing feet and becoming aware of any abnormalities in foot posture or development early is vital. Podiatrists can assess your child’s foot function and gait, provide specialised treatment for foot problems and assess your child’s footwear to help reduce their likelihood of developing foot problems.

You should bring your child to see a podiatrist if: 

  •  you are unsure about the best footwear styles and fitting for growing feet
  •  they are experiencing foot or leg pain 
  •  they have changed or having difficulty with how they are walking or running
  • they are in-toeing or toe walking
  • they have ingrown toenails or any unusual skin lesions, including plantar warts
  • there is a strong family history of foot, leg or lower back problems
  • they have Diabetes

Children’s feet and legs go through a series of normal changes in position as they are growing, with their last foot bones becoming fully formed between 10-12 for girls and 12-14 for boys. Like the rest of the body, children’s feet also have a number of growth plates in their bones as they are developing.

A podiatrist will be able to assess and monitor their foot health as they are growing and formulate a specialised treatment plan for your child.