You often hear people talk about going to the foot doctor and you think, should I be doing that? Well, it’s always a good idea to keep your body in tip top shape but this is especially true if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, Achilles pain, heel pain (severs disease), sore feet standing on hard services, re occurring ankle injuries, clawed toes, bunions, neuromas (benign tumour ball of feet most common women aged 50) metatarsalgia (pain ball of the foot- Often described as a feeling of walking over pebbles. Can cause numbness or shooting pain to the toes)
What a Podiatrist Will Check
During an appointment a podiatrist will film you walking on a treadmill noting how your feet strike and the alignment of your ankles, legs, and hips. will take 3D images of each foot and do a thorough examination of our ROM. This will include sitting to check your leg length and taking 3D images of each foot if you require an orthotic as well as discussing shoe recommendation, work/sport requirements (e.g.: orthotics for cycling, ski boots, ice skates) 3D scan of feet
So, if you are considering getting checked soon, below are some details that might help you get started on your search for a podiatrist
Who – modpod CBD – Sports podiatry and physiotherapy
Location – Sydney CBD and 5 other sites
What to take – all shoes
Cost – orthotics are machine made, they start at $500 (but you can claim on private health insurance) They take 2 weeks to get made up and are then fitted to your specific shoes. NOTE- you can access a $25 discount voucher for modpod when you register on their website first.
To keep your feet happy, there are some items that you can make use of to ensure that your feet are protected especially when you are working out.
- Inserts – that you can buy in chemist or sports store without a prescription can provide cushioning and support. They may be made of materials like gel, plastic, or foam. Inserts fit into your shoes. But they’re not custom-made for your feet. They can provide arch support or extra cushioning on the heel, around the toes, or for your entire foot. Inserts might make your shoes more comfortable but aren’t designed to correct foot problems.
- Orthotics are prescription medical devices that you wearinside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
Types of Orthotics
Rigid orthotics, or “functional orthotics,” are made from materials like plastic or carbon fibre. They’re best for walking shoes or dress shoes with closed toes and low heels. This kind of orthotic is designed to ease foot aches and strains as well as pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back that you might feel if your foot doesn’t work like it should.
Soft orthotics, or “accommodative orthotics,” are made from soft compression materials. They provide cushioning to take the pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or diabetic foot ulcers. Because of their bulk, you might need to wear soft orthotics with prescription footwear.
So if you have sore feet – go get them checked by a foot doctor and start enjoying your exercise again