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Foot Pain

These feet were made for walking.

Feet: An Incredible Feat

Your feet do a lot for you! For instance, did you know they carry you an average of 128,000km during your lifetime? That’s more than three times around the planet! While healthy feet are generally able to manage the forces we place on them, whether it be playing sports or simply moving through daily life, sometimes things can stand in our way.

When your feet have any structural or postural abnormalities, they’re often not as equipped to carry you throughout your life as they should be. Certain injuries and conditions tend to apply abnormal forces to the muscles and tendons in the feet, which may lead to your leg, pelvis, or back working to compensate for them. This often means that painful symptoms may develop in the feet or legs as a result.

At Foot and Leg Pain Centre, we’re extremely familiar with all 28 bones, 33 joints, 16 muscles, 100+ ligaments, and the intricate network of nerves and vessels that make up your feet. With so much going on in such an important area of your body, we appreciate the importance of a thorough assessment and gait analysis to determine possible causes of any issues you may have. We offer these and a variety of treatments with our team of experienced and welcoming podiatrists. 

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We Help Pinpoint Your Pain

The knee is a complex structure and is also prone to injury due to its limited range of motion. As one of the body’s largest and most complex joints, common conditions may arise, such as:
Also known as Hallux Rigidus (or stiff big toe), this condition sees the base of the big toe stiffen, which may make walking more difficult and painful. Unloading this joint is key. When one joint becomes stiff, so does the next joint as it absorbs the load, having a knock-on effect.
A bunion usually results in a crooked big toe and a bony bump. They are easily treated! When ignored, they get worse, making it more difficult for you to work and find comfortable footwear.
This neuroma typically develops at the front of your foot between the base of the toe joints. It gradually worsens as the nerve thickens, leading to increasing stinging, burning, or numbness aggravated by narrow shoes.

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot.

Midfoot arthritis affects the middle of the foot by causing pain and swelling that may be worsened when standing or walking and can be aggravated by straps and laces pressing on the top of your foot.
This looks like a fallen arch where it used to be normal and occurs in older adults. This condition gradually develops, usually in one foot faster than the other. It responds well to treatment and, if ignored, may have dramatic impacts on your physical freedom.
Heel spurs develop when calcium builds up underneath the heel bone, often leading to discomfort under or behind the heel when walking.
Nerves run throughout the whole body. When nerve pain affects your feet, this may also result in weakness and numbness.
Achilles pain is often caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon. It tends to result in pain along the back of the leg, close to the heel.
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How We Aim To Treat Your Feet

The treatment we recommend for your foot pain will depend on your condition, its severity, and the underlying cause. No two treatment plans are exactly the same, as each body (and foot!) differs. We may recommend one or more of the following:

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Why Foot and Leg Pain Centre?

Experienced Podiatrists

Dr Angus Chard, PhD, has over 30 years of extensive clinical experience, and the rest of his team is catching up with him quickly!

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

We work together to help patients reach their goals as we strive to exceed expectations.

Friendly And Welcoming Environment

Our team is made up of kind, attentive professionals who always put the patient and their needs first.

A Note For Referrers

We welcome referrals from all practitioners and are always keen to meet new patients. We assist in managing chronic foot and leg conditions in people of all ages and pride ourselves on our advanced qualifications, experience and dedication to helping our patients thrive. We are happy to collaborate with you and receive your patients under the Enhanced Primary Care Plan arrangement. To discuss our approach and expertise, contact our team today!
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Your Foot Pain Questions Answered

The key to resolving foot pain is being able to identify the reason why the individual bone, joint, muscle, tendon, ligament or nerve is in pain, and implementing proper treatment of the individual structures. Depending on your condition or injury, your pain may be an ache, sting, burn, or something else.
Foot pain doesn’t always have to be due to an injury. Sometimes feet can hurt due to a congenital condition (a condition you’re born with), structural abnormalities, wearing ill-fitting shoes, infections, or conditions such as arthritis. Many pains that are associated with feet are simply due to the repetitive loading of individual structures, which are not working optimally. This results in individual overuse syndromes of specific foot structures, of which there are many types.

Any foot pain that interferes with your daily activities is worth visiting a podiatrist. Sometimes home remedies may relieve foot pain caused by injury, but if it doesn’t improve within a few days, you may need help from a podiatrist. You should make an appointment if you have:

  • Persistent pain that doesn’t improve
  • Persistent swelling
  • Burning pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
Make your appointment with us faster so that we diagnose your condition and unload the affected area to get you back on your feet and avoid further complications.

Common causes of foot pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Fungal nail infections
  • Gout
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Bunions
  • Corns and calluses
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Intermetatarsal bursitis
  • Plantar plate tear
  • Accessory navicular
  • Cuboid syndrome
  • Posterior tibial muscle tendinopathy or dysfunction
Initially, rest can be helpful, so first try to reduce the amount of time spent on your feet. Of course, this is not a very productive comment in Podiatry. It is our job to fix your pain while you continue movement and activities. There is no best way to stop foot pain, as it will depend on the cause and severity of the pain. To address foot pain at home, you may do some stretches, get a foot massage, wear supportive footwear or take over-the-counter pain relievers. While these may provide temporary relief, they will not address the reason for your pain – so it’s best to book a podiatry appointment and get to the cause.
You do not need a referral to make an appointment with a podiatrist for foot pain.

Yes, we do help children with foot pain! Those small feet are doing a big job, and we aim to treat various conditions that affect children’s feet and legs. Check out our page dedicated to children’s foot and leg conditions.

Yes, we do treat chronic foot pain. It’s not normal for your feet to hurt because you’re standing on them, that’s what they’re made for. Whether it’s caused by injury, overuse, or a specific condition, we work with you to determine the possible underlying cause and address it in the best way we can.

Yes! We pride ourselves on using an evidence-based approach to treat foot pain. You can explore these references for more information about foot pain:

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Step Into Comfort

When it comes to any type of foot pain, it’s important to address any issues you have as soon as they appear. At Foot and Leg Pain Centre, we provide a welcoming and caring environment with our experienced team ready to address any concerns you may have. To get started with an initial assessment, make an appointment with us today.