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Foot pain treatments Bendigo

Posted on May 29, 2020

Foot pain can take many forms, and this has been more highlighted with the COVID Pandemic. The Bendigo region has seen many more e people out walking and walking more prolonged and more frequently. For some of these people, walking was not the central part of their lifestyle before.

At O’Dwyer Podiatry, we treat foot pain! All types of foot pain. Over the last 6-8 weeks, I have noticed an increase in foot pain conditions associated with walking and running Is this because exercise outside was one of the reasons to leave the house.

A fair proportion of theses clients who came in with Foot Pain were not in the habit of walking for exercise.  I reviewed this increase in the pain numbers associated with walking and running and found the presenting complaints were

  • Heel Pain 7
  • Plantar Fasciitis 7
  • Forefoot pain 6  (ball of the foot)
  • Rolled Ankles 3
  • Blisters 5
  • Calluses/Corns 2
  • Ingrown Toenail 2
  • Shin Pain 3

These presentations were other than our usual array of fungal nails, foot problems associated with diabetic issues and Arthritis,  Children with feet problems and ageing issues and warts and others.

So why have the numbers increased? We feel it’s the increase in the exercise that many clients were not use-to doing. We put it down to 4 main classifications and combination of these.

  1.  Conditioning, The Soft Tissues in the feet and legs were just not ready for the onslaught of the degree of exercise and so fatigued quickly/
  2.  Mechanic, the foot mechanics and alignment were poor and were causing over-use injuries.
  3.  Footwear, some were wearing the wrong shoe, poorly fitted or worn-out shoes. This was causing stress on the skin and the muscles.
  4.  Accidents, can’t help people tripping or rolling ankles!

Once a history was taken, I was able to determine what precursors were responsible for the cause of the pain and then develop a treatment regime to get them back to the lifestyle they were enjoying. Some required footwear advice, others to be mindful of where they walked or ran. The more serious the mechanics and soft tissues were reviewed, and management plans worked on.

Call the team at O’Dwyer Podiatry now for all your foot-related issues in Bendigo.