OCTOBER IS FOOT HEALTH MONTH

The Australia Podiatry Association has again launched its annual Foot Health Month campaign this October – Foot Health Experts. This aims to educate people on the importance of good foot health and raise awareness on the benefits of seeing a Podiatrist regularly, as part of their annual health check.

A podiatrist is an Allied Health Professional who are experts in foot and lower limb care. Podiatrists can assess, diagnosis and treat issues of the foot, ankle and lower limb to allow people to continue living healthy, active and pain-free lives. Podiatry is more than purely just the foot.

Podiatrists are vital in keeping people moving, especially with our ageing population and the increase in people diagnosed with diabetes. No referral is required to see a podiatrist and most health funds allow on-the-spot claiming. If you find yourself with ongoing foot pain or difficulty caring for your feet, please be in touch with Swan Podiatry and Orthotics to arrange an appointment.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ORTHOTICS

WHAT IS A CUSTOM ORTHOTIC
A custom orthotic is a specially made device to go within your shoe in order to improve function of your foot and ankle. The orthotic is designed to alter the current mechanics and alignment to relieve excess stress and strain on the lower leg and foot. The orthotic is ‘custom-made’ as the shape of the orthotic is made to the precise measurements of your foot with the use of a 3D scanner and exact correction added for exactly what each of your feet need.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ORTHOTICS
There are two types of orthotics- functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics tend to be the orthotics used mostly in private practice for people who need better alignment for improvements in muscle use. Functional orthotic shells usually are made of a firmer material, usually plastic or a harder rubber, as to provide enough force to change your current foot posture. There are also accommodative orthotics, which are commonly used in hosptials for people who have severe high pressure areas and wounds. These are made of a soft material and try to spread the pressure away from the problematic area.

WHAT SHOES WILL THEY FIT INTO
Most of the time you will need a shoe that can be fastened to the foot and has a removable insole as this will allow the orthotic not to take up too much space within the shoe. Some orthotics can be specifically designed to fit semi-enclosed sandals and slip-on shoes or boots.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR THEM ALL THE TIME
The more you are in them, the more they will help you. You should wear your orthotics as much as possible and should always wear them during the activities that were causing pain in the first place, ie. work or sport.

WILL THE ORTHOTICS HURT MY FEET
Your orthotics should never cause you pain, although they may feel uncomfortable to begin with. During the initial two weeks of wearing the orthotics there will be a small transition period where your feet aren’t used to them and they are not yet comfortable, this is why we encourage wearing them in gradually. After this, you should not really notice them in your shoes.

HOW LONG WILL THE ORTHOTICS LAST
This is dependent on a number of factors such as how much the orthotic is used, what material is it made of and how much force or stress the person is putting through the orthotic. For example, a functional orthotic made from a plastic shell may last upwards of five years. Children may outgrow the orthotics after approximately twelve-eighteen months. It is best to have your orthotics checked yearly to ensure they are still fitting correctly and are still providing adequate correction.

SWAN PODIATRY IS HEADED FOR KATHERINE

Swan Podiatry is excited to announce that we will be visiting Katherine as of next month!

We will be located in the Southgate Shopping Complex within Active Physiotherapy beginning Tuesday 5th July.

Swan Podiatry will be visiting Katherine on a three-weekly basis over two days; Tuesdays 10:00am – 6:00pm and Wednesdays 8:00am – 3:30pm.

Bookings can be made online through the Swan Podiatry website under the ‘Bookings’ tab or by phoning 0428 976 360.