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Podiatry For Flat Feet in Sutherland
Located in Sutherland and also proudly servicing Kirrawee, Engadine, Menai and Bangor, Sutherland Podiatry Centre offers care for flat feet.
About Flat Feet
Pes planovalgus (also known as flatfoot, or fallen arch) is essentially a normal variant. It is a postural deformity in which the arch on the inside of the foot is lowered resulting in the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
The appearance of flat feet is normal and common in infants and occurs as a result of the arch being not yet fully developed. The arch progresses during infancy and early childhood as part of growing. Flat or lowered arches in children usually become higher and more defined as the child progresses through puberty.
Because young children are unlikely to suspect or identify flat feet on their own, it is a good idea for parents to assess this. As well as providing a visual inspection, parents should notice whether a child begins to walk oddly or clumsily, and to ask the child whether they are getting foot pain or fatigue during walking.
Most flat feet are flexible and completely painless. In these cases, generally there is little cause for concern, and the condition may be considered a normal human variant.
However, treatment of flat feet is indicated if there is accompanying foot or lower leg pain, or if the condition begins to affect the knees or the lower back. Our Podiatrists are more than happy to assess, and if necessary, treat your symptoms with a variety of methods which may include the use of customised Orthotic devices to provide arch support or foot exercises.

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Peripheral Vascular Disease
Located in Sutherland and also proudly servicing Kirrawee, Engadine, Menai and Bangor, Sutherland Podiatry Centre offers care for the complications relating to peripheral vascular disease.
What is Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)?
Peripheral Vascular Disease is often the result of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis describes the gradual build of cholesterol deposits (ie: plaques) within the walls of the arteries. This results in the narrowing and hardening of the arterial walls.
As the disease progresses into its advanced stages it can result in critical narrowing of the arteries, leading to tissue ischemia (lack of oxygen within tissue) and ultimately tissue damage or death.
Arteries that have become narrowed from the result of Atherosclerosis are responsible for many conditions, two of the most well-known include: Angina, and Stroke.

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We have added this presentation we did recently to a group of diabetes sufferers, it is a bit grainy, but over the next few weeks we will work on improving it, but you will get the essence of the message.
As well as monitoring their blood sugar levels and maintaining a well balanced diet and exercise regime, diabetics should constantly monitor the health of their extremities, for example their feet. This is made a lot easier with the help of podiatry.
Nerves in Diabetic sufferer’s feet are generally damaged, which means that they may not necessarily be able to feel heat, pain or injury in them. Blood supply to their feet can be hindered because of the vascular changes to the blood vessels.
Essentially, what is a small foot problem to others can be a lot more hazardous for people with diabetes. This is why at Narelle Montgomery Podiatry; we recommend that diabetics should have consultations every 8-12 weeks, as well as a thorough circulation and nerve test every six months. This is of great importance when trying to minimise possible difficulties and injuries.
Our Podiatrists encourage Diabetic footcare and perform regular tests on our Diabetic patients, in order to properly monitor them for any signs of neuropathy (loss of sensation in their feet).

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Bunions
Located in Sutherland and also proudly servicing Kirrawee, Engadine, Menai and Bangor, Sutherland Podiatry Centre offers care for bunions.
Do you suffer from Bunions?
Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. Bony changes and alterations in this toe are what cause you to see such a prominence. Instead of the big toe pointing forward, the toe leans towards the second toe. As this occurs, the bones are thrown out of alignment and the bump develops. Bunions are progressive and may cause constant pain for some people.
Who can develop Bunions?
Bunions are mostly caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure which has developed as we the bones in our feet have grown. People who are more prone to developing bunions tend to be flat-footed and over-pronated. With advancing age, bunions progress and deformity may worsen. Footwear is also another concern and would need to be assessed adequately.

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HEEL SPURS
Located in Sutherland and also proudly servicing Kirrawee, Engadine, Menai and Bangor, Sutherland Podiatry Centre offers care for heel spurs.
What are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are bony growths that occur on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus).  Often heel spurs and Plantar fasciitis are related, they are not the same. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia – the thick fibrous tissue that inserts into the heel bone, and helps form the arch of the foot- this is often very painful.   Whereas heel spur is a hook of bone that has formed on the calcaneus, it is associated with plantar fasciitis, but is often not painful.
About 70% of people with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur that can be seen on an xray. However, many people without symptoms of pain can have a heel spur.  I have a spurs on my heel bones that a very large, but they do not cause me any pain!

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PACT THERAPY IS HERE AT SUTHERLAND PODIATRY CENTRE
What is PACT Therapy?
PACT stands for Photodynamic Anti-microbial/fungal Therapy. It uses a combination of light and a specific gel, that when combined destroys the walls of the fungal cell, effectively killing the microorganism.
Is It Safe?
PACT therapy does not use acids, drugs, lasers, it is a very effective and safe treatment.  It is not excluded for use in diabetic patients.  However, it is possible to be allergic to the ingredients in the gel although that would be extremely RARE.

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Heel Pain
Heel pain is one of the most common conditions Podiatrist’s are faced with today. Pain is the body’s way of informing you that there is a problem, for example pain immediately following an injury plays an important protective role, by telling us that we have injured the area. Heel pain can be the result of any number of conditions ranging from Plantar Fasciitis, muscle & ligament sprains and strains, to nerve entrapments.

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Podiatry in Sutherland
What is podiatry?
Podiatry is an allied health profession that specialises on the foot, ankle and leg.  A Podiatrist has spent 4 years doing an undergraduate degree, so that when they graduate, they can deal with diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of lower limb disorders.

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