Why does my child keep tripping over when they run?

A common concern many parents express is that their child seems to trip over a lot or seems generally ‘awkward’ or ‘clumsy’ compared to other children their age. There are a few reasons that this may occur, however one of the more common reasons is that your child may have an intoed or ‘pigeon toed’ gait pattern. A pigeon toed gait pattern refers to the inward rotation of the lower limb and foot with walking. When the foot adopts this position it can knock or catch the opposite leg as it swing through the gait cycle. There are three main …read more

Why is my toenail yellow?

Have you been monitoring that little white/yellow discolouration on your toenail for a while? Are you concerned that it could be growing? Chances are, you have a fungal infection in your toe nail. Fungal toe nails effect approximately 10% of the population world-wide, with this figure being significantly higher in tropical locations such as Far North QLD. Fungal spores thrive in humid, moist climates and that makes Northern Queensland the perfect breeding ground for these spores to multiply. It is important to note at this point though that not all discoloured toe nails are linked directly to fungus. There are …read more

OUCH! Why does my heel hurt?

Plantar Fasciitis – Aka ‘Heel Spur Syndrome’ Have you changed your exercise routine as a result of Covid-19 and all of a sudden developed pain under your heel? Are those first few steps when getting out of bed in the morning particularly painful? Chances are, you have developed Plantar Fasciitis! What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the most common injury that we see at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. Contrary to the common belief that the pain is a Heel Spur, it is more often than not discomfort/irritation of the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is a band/fascia of connective …read more

Plantar Warts: Do I have one and what are they?

Have you noticed a small growth on the under-side of your feet or toes? Has it started to cause some pain when you are walking bare-foot around the house? Chances are, you could have a plantar wart or otherwise known as a ‘Verruca’. Our Senior Podiatrist, Chris Murray regularly see’s patients in our clinics presenting with plantar warts so has written the following information document to help patients identify and treat them early.  What is a plantar wart? Plantar warts are growths that appear on the soles (plantar aspect) of the feet. They are commonly encountered on high pressure or …read more

Stress fractures in Athletes

So, you’ve finally decided to enter that marathon/triathlon you’ve been talking about for a while and have started training harder than ever. You are past the initial ‘why on earth am I doing this phase!’, you are starting to feel like you are getting into a groove and getting some solid km’s under your belt. All of a sudden, you wake up one morning and notice an intense pain in your foot that you haven’t experienced before. It is quite different to the post run muscle pains you have been experiencing and feels quite focal to one particular area. Even …read more

Caring for the Diabetic Foot

Many people may not recognise the seriousness or number of complications that may occur if Diabetes is not properly controlled and monitored, with foot problems among the most serious. Approximately 15% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer, with a smaller percentage of those at risk of limb amputation.  The Diabetic foot requires a significant amount of attention and care to ensure that complications are rare, with your General Practitioner and Podiatrist playing a key role in your ongoing monitoring. In saying this, every diabetic has their own important role to play in maintaining foot health. Below are some useful …read more

Achilles Tendinopathy: A real pain in the heel

Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury that we see at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. It is often due to a sudden increase in exercise or a change in training technique Common symptoms associated with Achilles tendinopathy are pain directly on the back of the heel, stiffness and pain first thing in the morning or just after rest and in some cases, some swelling may be seen around the area. We are currently seeing an influx patient’s experiencing Achilles tendinopathy due to new exercise regimes. Here is a 5-step simple guide to help settle your pain and help you return …read more

Your Podiatrist In Cairns Is A Specialist In Treating Ingrown Toenails.

The community in Cairns is very fortunate to have access to the Podiatry services provided by FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics, which includes several well located clinics throughout Northern Queensland, including Redlynch, Edmonton, Mareeba and Innisfail. The team of professionals who provide Podiatry services at these family friendly clinics, are highly trained in all areas of Podiatry and Orthotics, with a special interest in sporting injuries, as well as general foot conditions, including ingrown nails, plantar warts, fungal nails, corn/callous etc. Children Benefit From A Visit To The Podiatrist In Cairns A visit to your local Podiatrist in Cairns, is well …read more

What Services Does A Podiatrist In Cairns Provide For Our Better Health?

Your Podiatrist in Cairns provides services dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of medical conditions and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb. Foot and ankle problems can be caused from chronic medical conditions like Arthritis or Diabetes, however the wearing of ill fitting shoes is a very real concern as this can cause acute pain in the feet. People who may need to visit heir local Podiatrist include those who: People who are prone to aches and pains such as shin splints – Shin splints’ is a term referring to pain felt anywhere along the shinbone …read more

Take A Step In The Right Direction With Your Local Podiatrist In Cairns

If you are you continually suffering from tired, aching feet, you can choose to take a step in the right direction and head for your local Podiatrist in Cairns. You may be surprised to discover that the shoes which you are wearing, are actually causing problems with your feet. Wearing the correct footwear is crucial when it comes to not only preventing sore feet and legs, but also to prevent ongoing injury as well. Tired, sore feet need the right combination of support and cushioning. You need to wear the correct type of footwear depending on your lifestyle and what …read more