Knee, Hip and Back Pain

Did you know...that many problems in the knees, hips, and lower back can be traced back to poor foot posture and function? If your feet are doing something wrong, this will directly affect how your knees, hips and lower back will function, in a bad way. At Pioneer Podiatry, we work as a team with other health care and medical providers to fix these problems everyday.

Do you feel any of the following?

  • Pain in your knees, legs, hips, or lower back, particularly when walking or standing or running for longer periods?
  • Pain that you have tried lots of different treatments for, but no long lasting relief from?
  • A walking style that you, or others, have commented on as unusual or unique?

If your feet are not functioning properly, this will directly affect the joints above. For some people the underlying or contributing cause of their knee, hip and lower back pain is their faulty foot mechanics. 

 

Shin Pain (Shin Splints)

Shin pain is the terror of many who are learning to run or are getting active again, or just pushing their training levels for an event.

Do you have...

  • Terrible pain on the front or inside (big toe side) of your shins during or after running?
  • Difficultly increasing your training levels without serious shin pain?
  • Trouble starting any exercise programs without bad shin pain?
  • Worsening shin pain throughout your sports season (eg. netball, running, basketball, hockey)?

Not all shin pain means shin splints. At Pioneer Podiatry, we can identify what is causing the shin pain easily treat this to prevent further injury. 

 

Flat feet / Collapsing Arches / Over-Pronation / High Arches

There are many terms used to describe a low arch foot type. It accounts for about 60% of the population, and can include a variety of complaints – such as:

  • Heel and arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Forefoot pain
  • Lower back pain

People with a high arch foot type account for only ~10% of the population. People with this foot type tend to suffer complaints resulting from poor shock absorption, which include:

  • Knee pain
  • Shin pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Achilles tendon pain
 

Running & Sports Injuries

Most people have no idea whether or not they are running correctly, however when an injury occurs – they know they must do something about it.

Generally, we only seek treatment once an injury occurs but at Pioneer Podiatry we can provide advice improving mechanical performance to minimise injury and to maximise efficiency.

With the use of a computerised video gait assessment we can quickly determine whether your foot and leg alignment and stability is sufficient for performing your particular activity.

 

Women’s Foot Health

Women tend to suffer more regularly from foot pain and are also more vulnerable to certain foot problems. This is largely due to the wearing of narrow fitting shoes that squeeze the toes together and from high heels that cramp the forefoot and pose risk for arch and ankle problems.

Women are also more prone to getting foot and ankle problems such as bunions, Morton’s Neuroma, Metatarsalgia, Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain and ankle sprains.

There is no need to suffer in silence. Talk to one of the team today about fixing your foot issues.

 

Chronic Pain & Arthritis

The problem with chronic pain and arthritis is that it is easy to become accustomed to it and there are many people who live with pain unnecessarily.

It is important to see your podiatrist if you suffer from any form of chronic pain or arthritis in your feet and lower limbs. At Pioneer Podiatry, we use simple, effective techniques and devices to encourage the body to effectively manage daily demands and increase its capacity to do more. With a thorough personalised assessment and treatment plan, we can help you better manage your symptoms, slow the disease progression and improve your quality of life.