Other causes of foot pain

Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can be caused by various problems, and are often due to misalignment in the bones of the rear foot, or ankle complex. 

Ankle pain is common in active children with flat feet, and in adults as they get older.

Do you have...

  • A sudden ankle sprain, or rolled ankle?

  • Pain on the front or outside (little toe side) of your ankle?

  • Pain that gets worse throughout the day?

  • Bulging or swelling around the ankles? (Cankles!)

  • Pain when squatting or kneeling.

  • Ankle pain that worsens with sport or other high intensity activities?

  • Unstable ankles that roll or sprain easily?

Sprained ankles can be very painful, and if not treated correctly, can cause long term problems.

Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterised by a recurring ‘giving way’ of the outer (lateral) side of the ankle. 

Other causes of ankle pain can be...

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Talar dome fracture

Whatever the cause of your ankle pain, our team has the expertise, training, and equipment to assess and treat your injury, and to get you back to normal again.


Fore foot (Ball of foot) Pain

Who would have thought that so many problems can occur in our forefoot?

At Pioneer Podiatry, we treat a wide range of problems associated with forefoot pain and deformity. The small area of the ball of the foot takes our whole body's weight with each step, and it's understandable that this can sometimes go wrong and cause injury.

Do you have...

  • Pain in the ball of the foot, or shooting pain up into the toes?

  • Pain when wearing certain shoes, or doing only some specific activities (i.e. dancing, running, walking etc)?

  • Toes spreading or going crooked?

  • Pain under the big toe?

At our clinics in Mackay and Sarina, we have the experience, training, and equipment to accurately test and diagnose for all of the common and uncommon causes of forefoot pain, and we can give you the correct treatments to get you back on track quickly!


Bunion Pain

A bunion (also referred to as Hallux Valgus) is often described as a bump on the side of the great toe. The visible bump reflects changes in the bony framework of the forefoot with the great toe leaning towards the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead.

Although bunions are not always symptomatic, they are a progressive disorder that can be easily treated by one of our podiatrists.


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


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.

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.