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In winter podiatrists see more patients that present with chilblains. This is because chilblains are a medical condition that is due to an abnormal skin reaction to the cold. Chilblains appear on the skin as small itchy patches that are swollen, discoloured and painful. The discolouration may be pink, red, blue or white.


Why do chilblains […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Info Sheets|0 Comments

Hot or Cold for Pain Relief

Hot or cold?  What is best on an injury?  

After an injury, you might want to use an ice pack – or would heat be better.  We will look at the pros and cons of hot vs cold in treating various injuries.


Icing involves placing something cold onto the skin to decrease the temperature of muscles, tendons and […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Info Sheets|0 Comments

Sports Injury Treatment: RICE

Kids Sports Injury Treatment: RICE   

It’s that time of year again to sign your kids up for winter sporting teams. Whether it is soccer, netball, hockey, and the list goes on. During the sporting season the occasional rolled or sprained ankle may occur especially in sports which require a lot of running and change of direction. Therefore it is valuable for parents to be familiar with RICE, an acronym that is helpful in remembering the steps of […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Info Sheets|0 Comments

Osgood Schlatter ‘s Disease

Osgood Schlatter ‘s Disease
Osgood Schlatter ‘s disease is a condition that affects the small growth plate that exists at the ‘bump’ at the very top of the shin bone, directly below the kneecap (patella). The bump is called the tibial tuberosity and it is prominent because the patella tendon attaches to the bone there.  The […]

By |December 3rd, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Raynaud’s Syndrome / Disease / Phenomenon.

Raynaud’s Syndrome:
Raynaud’s syndrome is a  medical condition that causes discoloration of the fingers and toes like that shown in the picture to the right.  It is a ‘vasospastic’ disease meaning that it occurs when the muscles around the small blood vessels in the tips of the digits go into spasm. This squeezes all of the […]

By |November 17th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Tarsal Coalition

Tarsal Coalition
also known as Peroneal Spastic Flatfoot  : Calcaneonavicular bar : Talocalcaneal bar
What is a Tarsal Coalition ?

The term ‘tarsal’ refers to the seven bones in the back half of the foot.  ‘Coalition’ means two becoming one. A tarsal coalition is an abnormal bridge of material that connects two of these foot bones that should […]

By |October 14th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Food, Diet and Gout.

Gout Food and Diet

Our podiatry patients often seek our advice about how best to avoid gout.  This guide provides general information about reducing the risk of gout attacks by changing your diet. It is general advice only.  Please seek individual advice if you have other medical conditions such as diabetes or food allergies.
What is Gout […]

By |October 14th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Sweaty Feet & Smelly Feet

Sweaty feet / Smelly feet / Hyperhidrosis
This article will discuss normal sweating creating odour and excessive sweating of the hands and feet.

Perspiration has a purpose in humans. Its evaporation allows the skin to cool and the body to get rid of excess heat.  Unfortunately, wearing shoes all day stops this evaporation from occurring and allows […]

By |August 16th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
Tarsal Tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

Burning or tingling feet, particularly at night or at rest.
More activity during the day means worse trouble at night,
Usually not painful while active
Often described as affecting ‘the whole foot’ but on closer examination, it doesn’t usually include the heel.
Sensation is described as numbness, electric shock, […]

By |August 16th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Gout & Feet

What is gout?
Gout is an acute inflammatory joint condition and therefore an ‘arthritis’ (which is literally Latin for ‘inflamed joint’). Gout generally begins with an attack of extraordinary pain where the joint becomes red, hot, swollen and obviously in distress to look at. It is caused when elevated levels of uric acid accumulate in the blood. […]

By |August 16th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off