Bursitis of the back of the heel

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa located between the calcaneus (heel bone) and anterior (front) surface of the Achilles tendon. Bursa are fluid filled sacs and can be found all over the body. Their main function is to reduce friction between tendons and bone. Bursitis refers to an inflammation of the bursa and can result in significant pain, swelling and often redness.  There are two bursitis locations in relation to the heel: Anterior (infront) the achilles tendon, between the achilles tendon and calcaneus Retrocalcaneal bursa Posterior (behind) to the achilles tendon, between the skin and the achilles tendon …read more

5 Step guide to reducing Achilles Tendon pain

Are you suffering from pain at the back of your heels, particularly when you get up to walk from resting? Chances are, you are suffering from Achilles tendinopathy. 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 …read more

5 Step guide to reducing forefoot pain

Have you started suffering from pain in the ball of your foot? Here is a simple 5-step guide that can help, all from the comfort of your home! It is amazing how many patients we are seeing at the moment who are suffering from pain in the balls of their feet. Since the start of the Covid-19 restrictions, everyone’s daily routine has been flipped on its head, with most of us now spending a lot more time at home.  Naturally, being Far North Queenslanders, there is nothing better than kicking off our shoes and walking around on our tiles or …read more

Do my running shoes need replacing?

Identifying when your running shoes may need replacing is far from an exact science, however there are a number of factors which contribute to the lifespan of a shoe and how to tell if they are past their use by date.  The general rule of thumb when it comes to this question is based on mileage; how many kilometers have you travelled in the shoe? Although it is still quite a large range, the accepted distance is 600-1000km’s. In saying this, having an awareness of each of the other contributing factors will give a much more accurate gauge of if …read more

Why are my toenails going black?

Discoloured toe nails are one of the most common presenting complaints we have in our Podiatry clinics across Far North QLD. As a general rule, the discolouration is secondary to bruising from previous trauma to the nail. The trauma results in bleeding under the nail and as the blood has nowhere to escape, it becomes trapped, dries out and can remain there for sometime. The severity of trauma can vary from a simple stub of the toe against the bed leg (we can all relate to this!) or to the extent of a crush injury. So what if your toenail …read more

Why are my feet and toes itchy?

A very common condition that at some point or another have is, especially in FNQ, where it is quite humid and hot to say the least is: Athlete’s foot Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight fitting shoes. So, what is it? These are the most common features: Athlete’s foot usually causes a scaly red rash. The rash typically begins in between the toes. Itching is often the worst right after you take off your shoes and socks. …read more

5 Step guide for helping shin pain

Have you started running more recently and started to develop shin pain? Chances are, you are probably suffering from shin splints!  Here is our simple 5-step guide that you can work on at home to try and settle your symptoms and get back into running! What are shin splints? Shin splints are a common over-use injury. They develop when the muscle and bone tissue (periosteum) in the leg become overworked by repetitive activity. Shin splints often occur after sudden changes in physical activity. Changes in frequency, such as increasing the number of days you exercise each week. Changes in duration …read more

How do I tell if my running shoes need replacing?

Identifying when your running shoes may need replacing is far from an exact science, however there are a number of factors which contribute to the lifespan of a shoe and how to tell if they are past their use by date.  The general rule of thumb when it comes to this question is based on mileage; how many kilometers have you travelled in the shoe? Although it is still quite a large range, the accepted distance is 600-1000km’s. In saying this, having an awareness of each of the other contributing factors will give a much more accurate gauge of if …read more

Hypermobility in Kids

Do you ever look at your child pushing and bending their bodies into all sorts of weird and wonderful positions and just think “OUCH!” Well, chances are their party tricks are unlikely to be causing them any physical pain at all. Children and adolescents with generalised joint hypermobility (GJH)  have joints which can move beyond the normal limits and into an extra range of movement, much like rubber bands. While joint hypermobility in children is quite common, with the most prevalent cause falling under the banner of benign joint hypermobility, there are other quite rare underlying causes which can be linked to …read more

Foot Maintenance Program

Feet are the foundation of our bodies and play an important part of a happy, healthy lifestyle. The foot is an engineering masterpiece consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Its unique design allows the foot to handle hundreds of tons of force every day.  The average adult takes 4,000 to 6,000 steps per day. That’s enough steps to walk around the earth four times during your life. When you consider the weight and stress, we place on our feet each day, it’s easy to see how approximately 80% of people will experience a …read more