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Why you should come to the intraining running injust clinic

By Steve “The Footman” Manning

Founder of intraining Running Centre, Podiatrist &  Level 4 Coach

Many people are confused about what a podiatrist does.  Most will say something to do with the feet not realising that the scope of practice covers the whole lower limb and even the whole body’s biomechanics as it relates to the lower limb.  

With any medical complaint it is best to see someone who specialises in the region of interest.  Podiatrists are the specialists in treating lower limb injuries.  

One myth, which can be dispelled, is that ‘a person who sees a podiatrist will always walk away with orthotics’.  In fact, podiatrists use many different treatment methods other than orthotics. Orthotics are generally further up the treatment pyramid when other conservative measures have failed. Orthotics are not for everyone, and there should be a logical mechanism of action that shows that an injury is related to a structural issue that requires orthotic intervention.

 Some commonly asked Questions and Answers:

What does a podiatrist do?

1. Treats peoples’ problems from the lower back to the tips of the toes.

2. Has strength in diagnosis and identifying tissue affected and mechanism of action.

3. Can do acute and chronic treatment plans.

4. Much more than just the old chiropodists who clip nails and shave skin.

 

Why you should consider going to a podiatrist for a running injury.

1. Podiatrists specialise in lower limb mechanics.

2. Podiatrists spend their whole degree focused on the lower limb.

3. Podiatrists have a wide scope of practice and treatment methods.

4. Podiatrists can refer for x-rays, use injections and do minor surgery, where necessary.

5. Podiatrists have a short treatment plan of a few visits rather than an open-ended series.

6. Podiatrists focus on the cause of the problem rather than treating the symptoms.

7. Many injuries require additional treatment by Physios or other practitioners. Podiatrists can refer on to the appropriate practitioner when necessary.

 

What types of problems can Podiatrists treat?

1. Pain in the toes, feet, heel, ankle, knee, hip and lower back.

2. Balance out structural, biomechanical and postural problems.

3. Children's growing pains and injuries.

4. Gait and movement analysis for many sports.

5. Ingrown toenail surgery, corns and callus removal and blistering and black toenails.

What type of treatments do podiatrists use?

1. Accommodation of structural foot pathology with devices including orthotics.

2. Footwear advice and modification.

3. Gait Analysis and form modification.

4. Physical therapies like icing, massage and strapping.

5. Strengthening exercises, stretching and balance programs.

6. Treatment with strapping, padding and props.

7. Training advice and programs for rehabilitation.

8. Using scalpels and other instruments to resolve skin and nail problems.

9. Minor surgery using local anaesthetic.

10. Prolotherapy injection techniques

Why come to the Intraining Running Injury Clinic?

1. We specialise in running related sports injuries.

2. We have a superior knowledge and use of footwear thanks to our specialist running store.

3. Comfortable lightweight custom molded sports orthotics you can run in (unlike many).

4. HICAPS electronic transfer from your health fund for immediate claims.

5. Accredited podiatrists involved in sports.

6. Because we love running!

Are you taking care of your feet?

Do you have any of the following?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Cracked heels
  • Hard or dry skin
  • Ingrown nails
  • Bleeding toes

If so, you no longer have to put up with the pain and unsightliness of such problems.  Help is at hand!  All these conditions can be treated quickly and effectively at Intraining Running and Sports Injury Clinic.

Corns and calluses are associated with excess repetitive mechanical stress (eg. shearing, friction, pressure, torsion and tension).  The body’s response to these extra stresses is to lay down more skin to protect itself, thus forming corns and callus.  Often this will continue over a period of time until the skin becomes too thick causing pain.  The Podiatrists at Intraining can remove these corns and calluses and they can also look at ways to slow their progression or stop them coming back at all.

Cracks or fissures around the heels are particularly unattractive, particularly in a climate like ours where we are often wearing thongs.  Apart from their cosmetic appearance, heel fissures may also be the potential for infections.  Many people have ended up in hospital on antibiotics as a result of an infection through their heel fissures.  The Podiatrists at Intraining can remove these fissures and advise you on how to care for these at home.

Ingrown toenails are particularly common in adolescent boys and runners.  Cutting your toenails incorrectly on one occasion can lead to a painful ingrown nail.  Short-term relief can be achieved by taking the culprit out.  A long-term solution can also be discussed so that you will never have to worry about ingrown nails