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Sore feet and legs after the Bridge to Brisbane?

my FootDr podiatry Bridge to Brisbane Team

my FootDr podiatry Bridge to Brisbane Team

Were you one of the 40 000 plus Queenslanders who braved the early morning chill to climb the Sir Leo Hielscher bridge and walk or run your way to the RNA showgrounds? This was the 4th time my 11 year old daughter and I have participated, and we love the exercise and carnival atmosphere of one of the Australia’s largest fun runs. We walk and jog the course, enjoy the scenery and make a mad dash for the line to try and improve on last year’s time!

Being a podiatrist, it’s an occupational hazard walking alongside such a large pack of people; I can’t help but to observe the variety or different walking and running styles, choice of footwear to participate in and how people cope with the gradual fatigue that can set in. I suppose in many ways this is a perfect cross section of our community, with elite runners up the front slogging it out for a podium finish, recreational runners just behind and then the weekend hackers (me included) making up the pack.

It amazes me that so many people may not be aware of how their foot and leg biomechanics affect their body’s overall function. So common amongst the participants was some characteristics, that after pointing out to my daughter a few cases of quite profound excessive pronation (the most common form of foot dysfunction, where the ankle leans inwards and the arch of the foot flattens when standing and walking) she started to point them out to me!

my FootDr podiatry Bridge to Brisbane

my FootDr podiatry Bridge to Brisbane

Every day in clinic I assist people recover from biomechanical related foot, leg and hip/back – sometime it can take months to return to normal activities following an overuse injury such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis (pain on the heel or arch)
  • Shin splints (pain typically on the inner shin, but this term encompasses all shin pain)
  • Achilles tendonitis (either at the back of the heel bone or just above)
  • Stress fractures (bone fatigue that leads to a partial break – commonly metatarsal of the forefoot)
  • Anterior knee pain (around or to the side of the knee cap)

Almost all of these conditions can be avoided with awareness of the biomechanical dysfunction and appropriate advice and treatment if necessary. Even being recommended the right type of shoe may be beneficial in some cases.

For those that would like to see what excessive foot pronation looks like check out the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ83QrPKKMU

If you’re feeling more than just muscle fatigue today, or suffer from one of the conditions above you should have your lower limb biomechanics investigated with video gait analysis. A podiatrist competent in assessing and managing sports injuries will then be able to provide you with the advice you need to ensure you run faster next year!

Darren Stewart – Podiatrist (my FootDr podiatry centres)

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My FootDr Sponsors Mining Event with Darren Lockyer

my FootDr Podiatry Centres, with One Key Resources, were proud to bring Rugby League immortal Darren Lockyer to Dysart in Central Queensland for a two day event, starting with a Gala dinner last night. The evening was a fantastic opportunity for mining industry colleagues and related businesses to touch base, and hear the career stories of the great Darren Lockyer and team mate and media personality Ben Ikin.

Today Locky and the my FootDr team will be visiting the local Dysart football club and engaging with the local community. Podiatry services are in great demand throughout the Bowen Basin, with active local communities and the huge expansion in coal mining projects. my Foot Dr podiatry centres is strategically located in both Mackay and extensively around south east Queensland to provide both onsite and offsite podiatry care. ‘With the increase in mining personnel, we are seeing a huge demand for custom orthotics, footwear and specifically safety boot advice, and general foot care in our Mackay podiatry centre. Many of these people are working long shifts, on hard and uneven surfaces, which dramatically increases the prevalence of sprains and strains, heel and leg pain as well as lower back pain”, said Chris Watson, Podiatrist for my FootDr at Mackay.

Just like the great Darren Lockyer, everybody needs a little help to perform at their best. ‘People suffering from little aches and niggles in their feet, legs or back should consult a podiatrist before the problem increases and leads to time off work and significant pain” said Watson.

Appointments with a qualified occupational podiatrist can be made at any one of our centres by calling 1800 FOOT DR, and businesses interested in proactively managing foot complication in the work place should contact Paul Wigzell, Business Development Manager on the same number.

my FootDr Mining Occupational Podiatry Darren Lockyer

From left: Grant Wechsel (One Key Director), Paul Wigzell (my FootDr), Darren Lockyer (Legend), Chris Watson (my FootDr Mackay), Ben Ikin

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Podiatry and the NRL

It was great to see an article last week on Warriors Toyota Cup fullback Omar Slaimankhel being named as fullback in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year.  Omar, whose family fled war-torn Afghanistan to New Zealand has combined his Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) studies with an amazing strike-rate of 38 tries in just 35 Toyota Cup matches.

Omar, if you are ever interested in a career in podiatry with Australia’s Best podiatrists, come and see us here at my FootDr podiatry centres Brisbane !

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