Heel Pain

This is the most common condition we see at Pioneer Podiatry, with at least 5 to 10 cases per day. In our clinic, we specialise in diagnosing and treating this condition, and have a special focus on cases that have been chronic and difficult to fix. 

Do you have...

  • Pain on the sole of the foot, that is worse right at the front of the heel?
  • Pain or swelling at the back of the heel?
  • Pain that is worse the first few steps in the morning and after rest periods during the day (like standing up after sitting for lunch, or driving for 20 minutes or more?
  • Pain that gets worse the longer you stand, walk or run, especially barefoot on hard surfaces?
  • Burning, numbness and throbbing around the heel, particularly when resting at night?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have any of these conditions below... all of which we can treat!

  • Plantar Fasciitis/ heel pain syndrome
  • Calcaneal nerve entrapment syndrome
  • Insertional Achilles tendonopathy/ enthesopathy/ Haglunds deformity
 

Arch Pain

Enormous load goes through the sole of the foot, thousands of times each day. It's no wonder sometimes the tissues and other structures can get a bit sore!

There are several usual suspects to blame for pain in the arch area. Correct diagnosis is essential to get rid of the pain.

Do you have...

  • Gradual onset of arch pain without initial injury?
  • A sudden pain in the arch after sport, running, or some other activity?
  • Pain that now persists long after finishing running, sports, work?
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around the arch?
  • Pain most noticeable in the morning upon arising and after rest periods during day?
  • A burning or tearing pain in the arch?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have any of these conditions below... all of which we can treat!

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar fasciial strain/ tear
  • Abductor hallucis muscle strain/ overuse syndrome
  • Flexor hallucis longus tendonopathy
 

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. 

 

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...

  • 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?

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

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.

 

Ingrowing Toenails

If you've had an ingrowing toenail, you'll know all about how painful this condition can be!

 

 

Do you have...

  • A very sore toenail?
  • Redness, swelling, pus, or blood coming from the sides of your nail?
  • Toenails that grow downwards or curl into your toe?
  • Toenails that have been treated before but have just grown back exactly the same?

Podiatrist are experts at treating ingrowing toenails and specialise in treatment with minimal pain and fuss, so don’t delay in getting your ingrowing toenail fixed!

 

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
 

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.