Our podiatrist and Director Ben Holland recently caught up with the newly formed “AFL Podiatrist Association”, where they held their first Professional Development Day at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
At the Victorian Podiatry Group, we work closely with other practitioners such as physiotherapists, doctors and nurses.
Our Elwood practice is armed with Physiotherapists, clinical pilates and dieticians to work with us to achieve your best potential! Dan is here with a Leon Green, physiotherapist, whom he works very closely with to manage many injuries.
The Chinese believe that healthy feet are a sign of a healthy body, and we reckon they’re right! So how should you take care your feet?
Give them a good soak
Sore, tired feet? Soaking them in warm water with Epsom salts feels great. Apart from softening your skin, it also relaxes your muscles and removes tension that can lead to injury.
Look after those nails
Keep your toe nails well-trimmed will prevent ingrown toe nails and keep fungus away. If you are suffering from an ingrown nail, visit your nearest Victorian Podiatry Group clinic and a trained specialist will usually be able to treat it with just one appointment.
Wear decent shoes
During the summer we Aussies love wearing thongs, but they’re not great for our feet. For a better alternative, try and find sandals with arch support that prevent your arches from falling in. Insoles for regular shoes are a great way to keep everything aligned, come in and chat to us and we can advise what options are best for your feet.
Scrub your soles
Get a pumice stone or foot file and use it to get rid of the hard skin on your soles. We recommend that you first dampen your feet. If you don’t, you might cause unwanted cracks and irritations.
Slip, slop slap
Any part of your skin that’s exposed to the sun should be protected from the harmful effects of UV rays – this applies to your feet too. The tops of feet are one of the most common areas for skin cancer. Make sure you apply sun block if you’re out in the sun.
Ankle pain usually arises from an injury, or sometimes just getting older! Any deterioration of joints and ligaments can lead to feelings of aggravation and discomfort in the ankle. Sometimes all it takes is wearing a pair of ill-fitted shoes. Limited mobility, poor stability or weak muscles will only compound the issues.
The ankle is one of the important joints in the human body, and should be treated as soon as you notice the pain. Treating the pain early with a trained podiatrist will allow you to be back to normal in no time, and prevent permanent damage.
Healthy ankles are critical to healthy knees and hips, and what starts as ankle pain often manifests into larger problems elsewhere in the body. Stretching them gently each day will help keep them mobile, and regular exercise will keep them strong. For those that sit down in an office during the day, try to go for a short stroll every 30-60 minutes to keep them warm and prevent stiffness.
Victorian Podiatry Group are highly trained medical professionals, and will work with you to treat and heal your ankle pain. We have clinics all over Melbourne, and can often offer same day appointments.
The right treatment may vary from providing expert advice of which footwear will best suit your feet and your lifestyle, through to a comprehensive rehabilitation program to ensure healthy, strong ligaments and joints.
If you’re unsure if you need treatment for your ankle pain, feel free to call your nearest Victorian Podiatry Group clinic and chat to a specialist for no obligation advice.