Do you have heel pain?

Why put up with heel pain when we can fix it?

Heel Pain

Is heel pain limiting your life?

  • Are you hobbling out of bed every morning or limping after prolonged periods of rest?

  • Is your heel pain stopping you from doing what you want to do each day?

  • Does your heel pain get worse throughout the day, making your daily life a struggle?

  • Do you struggle to walk or stand when at work or home?

  • Are you putting on weight because heel pain has caused you to stop playing sport or exercise?

  • Have you had to take time off work due to heel pain?

  • Does your child limp and complain of heel pain, after sports or play?

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If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you would benefit from our 5 step Podiatry Heel Pain Assessment

 
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Step 1: Lets Chat

We get to know your story by diving deep into how heel pain is affecting your life, the current severity of pain you are experiencing, your current limitations, what you wish you could do but can’t, and what are your specific goals.

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Step 2: We assess your lower limbs

We dive deep to uncover the actual cause of your injury, not just try and cover up the symptoms, and we use video gait and other tool to explain this to you so you fully understand it. Now you’ll really understand why this has happened, and why other treatments haven’t helped so far! We use our expertise in exclusively treating foot conditions and our world class diagnostic equipment and imaging to get the right diagnosis for the cause of your heel pain. We’re off to a good start already!

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Step 3: We let you know exactly whats happening & why

We provide you with a tailored Proven Process Treatment Plan, which outlines exactly how we can fix your heel pain, and keep you free from future foot pain. If you are ready, we can immediately start treatment to start your journey back to normal life, free from heel pain.

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Step 4: We start getting you better

We provide you with a tailored treatment plan, which outlines exactly how we can fix your heel pain, and keep you free from future foot pain. If you are ready, we can begin treatment to get you started on your journey back to normal life, free from heel pain.

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Step 5: Your plan is put to the test

We provide you with assurance that your treatment plan has you on the path back to normal life, free from heel pain.

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To Fix your Heel Pain ASAP

learn More about Heel Pain

At The Feet People, we have seen over 13,000 feet fixed, and have been successfully treating all the causes of heel pain, including the most common:

Other less common causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fascial tear

  • Plantar fascial fibromatosis, also known as Ledderhose's disease

  • Plantar Calcaneal nerve entrapment syndrome

  • Insertional Achilles tendonopathy/ enthesopathy/ Haglunds deformity

The foot doctors at The Feet People are trained foot specialists that can diagnose and treat all the above conditions.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and also the most common condition presenting to our clinic. Every day we treat this condition. That being said, it is a very complex condition that needs to be correctly diagnosed and treated specific to each person.

The Plantar Fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot which runs from the heel to the base of the toes. When placed under increased stress, the Plantar Fascia can stretch and tear, resulting in degeneration of this tissue, particularly at its insertion into the heel bone.

In some cases, the pain is also felt in the arch. The tears can become degenerative scar tissue, which is less flexible than the fascia and hence aggravate the problem. Continuous straining of the fascia at the heel bone may eventually lead to the development of bony growth on the heel (heel spur).

In majority of cases of Plantar Fasciitis, the heel spur is NOT the cause of the pain. The pain is due to the degeneration and weakening of the soft tissue (Plantar Fascia), regardless of whether a heel spur is present or not.

What does it feel like to have plantar fasciitis caused heel pain?

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition affecting the bottom surface of the heel. It can feel like a sharp stabbing pain under your heel which may be associated with some visible swelling but this is not always the case. Typically the pain is most noticeable when standing up after rest or when standing for long periods of time.

Potential causes of plantar faciitis related heel pain:

  • Over-pronation (arch collapse)

  • Tight calf muscles and Achilles tendon

  • High arches and rigid feet

  • Barefoot on hard surfaces or incorrect or worn out shoes

  • Jobs that require lots of walking on hard surfaces

  • Over training or sudden increase in training

  • Weight gain

With our tools and expertise, we are able to assess and decide which of these factors are causing the injury. 

Sever’s Disease (Heel pain in children)

 
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Heel pain in children is commonly cause by another condition called calcaneal apophysitis (severs disease), however it can be caused by various other conditions, some of them serious.

It is important to come and have your child expertly examined by us to determine which condition is causing this pain, and to develop a treatment plan to fix it for good, and prevent long term injury and disability.

Fix your Heel Pain

What you can try

You should start by reducing any daily activities that increase your pain. Swapping your normal activities to lower impact ones such as cycling or swimming can keep the pain down whilst keeping you active. You should avoid going barefoot and instead wear your most comfortable shoes. For quick relief of symptoms, icing the area can help settle things down.

When to see us

Even though heel pain is a very common condition it can be very complex in nature. It is very important to get a correct diagnosis and a treatment plan which will suit your individual situation. When nothing seems to be working, that’s a good time to come in and see The Feet People for an appointment. We use a combination of manual and digital assessment tools to make a diagnosis. That way we can discuss a treatment plan that fits in with your goals, whether that’s walking to the shops pain-free or competing in an upcoming fun run.


 
 

Do you have a painful ingrown toenail?

Why put up with ingrown toenails when we can fix it?

Ingrown toenails

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are ingrown toenails limiting your life?

  • Is your toenail sore to touch?

  • Do you find footwear or the bedsheet cause pain at your toe?

  • Is there redness, swelling, pus, or blood comping from the sides of your toenail?

  • Do your toenails grow inwards, downwards, or curl into the skin of your toe?

  • Have your tried home remedies for your ingrown toenails but the nail has grown back?

  • Have your toenails been treated before but they have just grown back the same?

  • Do you just want your toenail issue solved so you can get on with your life?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you would benefit from our five (5) step Podiatry Ingrown toenail Assessment

 
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Step 1: Lets Chat

We get to know your story by diving deep into how your ingrown toenail is affecting your life, the current severity of pain you are experiencing, your current limitations, what you wish you could do but can’t, and what are your specific goals.

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Step 2: We assess your Feet & Footwear to LET YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHATS HAPPENING & WHY

We dive deep to uncover the actual cause of your ingrown toenail, and we use tools to explain this to you so you fully understand it. Now you’ll really understand why this has happened, and why other treatments haven’t helped so far! We use our expertise in exclusively treating foot conditions and our world class diagnostic equipment and imaging to get the right diagnosis for the cause of your ingrown toenails. We’re off to a good start already!

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Step 3: PROVIDE YOU WITH OPTIONS THAT SUIT YOUR SITUATION

We provide you with a tailored treatment plan, which outlines exactly how we can fix your ingrown toenail, and keep you free from future foot pain.

We can either fix your ingrown toenail via:

  • Conservative or non-surgical treatments.

  • A permanent solution, nail surgery under local anaesthetic.

You tell us what option you are comfortable with and what will suit your lifestyle.

Non-surgical

Non-surgical

Nail surgery under local anaesthetic

Nail surgery under local anaesthetic

 
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Step 4: We start getting you better

We immediately start treatment to start your journey back to normal life, free from painful ingrown toenails.

 

Step 5: We track your progress

Depending on the treatment path you take we follow up to ensure that you’re on your journey back to normal life.

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Should I see my GP first?

No.

Most GP's will refer patients directly to us if they have ingrowing toenails, as they are not generally experienced in treating ingrowing toenails. Podiatrists are the most specialised doctors for this problem. It is just like seeing a dentist for a sore tooth! Our foot doctors are fully qualified to treat your ingrowing toenail, and if antibiotics are needed we will talk with you GP directly. You do not need a referral from your GP to see us.

To Fix your ingrown toenail ASAP

learn More about ingrown toenails

Your nails grow from the nail root that is located beneath the skin of your toe. This area is called the nail matrix and it can vary in size and shape. Your nails may produce a nail which is flat or curved, wide or narrow. Everyone is different.

What causes ingrowN toenails?

Those people with curved or wide toenails are more prone to develop an ingrown nail and occurs when the nail grows into the skin edges that surround it. Improper trimming, injury, shoe pressure, excess skin on the sides of the nail, fungal infections, or even bone spurs under the nail may be a cause of ingrown nails.

How do I know If I have an Ingrown toenail?

Ingrown nails may cause pain at the end of the toe or all along the edge. Pain is often worse in shoes or under the bed sheets. The edge that is in the skin may cause infection or inflammation. The toe may be red, swollen, or have pus discharge.

What can I do to prevent an ingrown toenail?

Because of nail shape and other factors, not all ingrown nails can be prevented. However, cutting nails too short may leave a rough edge or a corner that can pierce the skin as the nail grows outward. Cutting the toenails straight across allowing the sides of the nail to be smooth and just over the skin on the end of the toe can help prevent ingrowing toenails.

When to see us

At The Feet People, we have seen over 13,000 feet fixed, and have been successfully treating ingrown toenails non-surgically or surgically. Even though ingrown toenails are a very common condition it can be challenging to self manage. It is very important to get a correct diagnosis and a treatment plan which will suit your individual situation. When nothing seems to be working, that’s a good time to come in and see The Feet People for an appointment. That way we can discuss a treatment plan that fits in with your goals, whether that’s being able to wear shoes pain-free or exercising pain-free.

The goal of our initial appointment is to relieve pain and reduce any infection or inflammation that is as a result of the ingrown toenail.

If your toe is not infected, we may be able to carefully trim the ingrown nail edge, without any discomfort. This is a non-surgical treatment of your ingrown toenail. We can continue this at regular intervals, usually four (4) to six (6) weekly, to prevent your ingrown toenails from flaring up.

Depending on the severity of the ingrown nail, your goals and whether or not your ingrown nail is reoccurring we usually discuss a permanent solution, nail surgery under local anaesthetic. Common nail surgeries include a:

Partial nail avulsion under local anaesthetic

Partial nail avulsion under local anaesthetic

  • Partial nail avulsion (PNA) with matrix sterilisation. The PNA involves removing the edge of the offending nail then sterilising the nail matrix with a chemical called Phenol. This is the most common procedure as it is the least invasive.

  • Total nail avulsion (TNA) with matrix sterilisation. The PNA involves removing the whole of the offending nail then sterilising the nail matrix with a chemical called Phenol. This procedure is rare and is only recommended in selected cases. Healing time is prolonged given

  • Wedge resection. A wedge resection involves cutting a portion of the skin to expose the nail matrix and removing either a portion of or the whole nail matrix. The skin is then sutured back together. This procedure is more invasive but usually has a quicker recovery time because Phenol is not used. This procedure is usually recommended in selected cases and is only offered by some of our senior practitioners.

Each procedure is painless as it is performed under local anaesthetic, and the recovery time is fast. Most people can return to work the next day, as long as they are able to wear an open-toed shoe (eg sandals/ thongs) for a few days.


 
 

Do you have Unsightly toenailS?

We Have a Painless & Simple Solution for you

Fungal toenails

are ingrown toenails limiting your life?

  • Is your toenail unsightly?

  • Are you embarrassed by the sight of your toenails?

  • Have your toenail(s) changed colour?

  • Are your toenails thickened, rough or brittle?

  • Have your tried topical anti-fungal remedies that have made no difference at all?

  • Are you tired or forgetful of applying topical anti-fungal remedies once or twice a day /week?

  • Have your tried fungal toenail treated with no success?

  • Did you find laser for fungal nails too uncomfortable?

  • Do you just want your fungal toenail issue solved so you can get on with your life?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you would benefit from our five (5) step Podiatry Fungal toenail Assessment

 
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Step 1: Lets Chat

We get to know your story by diving deep into how your fungal toenail is affecting your life, previous treatments, what you wish you could do but may be to embarrassed to do, and what it would mean to you to have this infection gone.

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Step 2: We Get an accurate diagnosis & establish the severity of your fungal toenail

At the time of the appointment we use a pain-free, proven, and reliable fungal nail diagnostic kit to establish if your toenail is indeed infected with fungus. If positive we determine the severity of the infection using an evidenced based tool.

Pain-free, proven & reliable diagnostic test

Pain-free, proven & reliable diagnostic test

 
Mild Infection

Mild Infection

Moderate Infection

Moderate Infection

Severe Infection

Severe Infection

 
 
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Step 3: PROVIDE YOU WITH The evidence & treatment OPTIONS

We provide you with a tailored treatment plan, which outlines exactly how we can fix your fungal toenail infection(s), and keep you free from future re-infection.

PACT - Photodynamic Therapy   A safe and effective pain-free treatment  Figueiredo et al. 2016 reported that PACT had a 100% success rate for mild to moderate fungal nails infection, and a 63.5% success rate for severe fungal nail infections.

PACT - Photodynamic Therapy

A safe and effective pain-free treatment

Figueiredo et al. 2016 reported that PACT had a 100% success rate for mild to moderate fungal nails infection, and a 63.5% success rate for severe fungal nail infections.

 
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Step 4: We start getting you better

We immediately start treatment to start your journey back to normal life, free from fungal toenails.

 

Step 5: We track your progress

Depending on the treatment path you take we follow up to ensure that you’re on your journey back to normal life.

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Should I see my GP first?

No.

Most GP's will refer patients directly to us if they have fungal toenails. It is just like seeing a dentist for a sore tooth! Our foot doctors are fully qualified to treat your fungal toenail. You do not need a referral from your GP to see us.

To Fix your FUNGAL toenail ASAP

learn More about FUNGAL TOENAILS

Types of Fungal Toenails

Types of Fungal Toenails

In medical lingo, fungal infections of a toenail is called Onychomycosis. There are different types of fungus that infect toenails so they cause different looking infections to the toe nails as outlined in the Types of Fungal Toenails diagram.

What causes Fungal toenails?

Fungal nail infections can often occur due to increased use of communal change rooms, or via unsterilised equipment in nail salons. The organisms that cause fungal nails infections are the same ones that cause tines (athletes foot) on the skin. Fungal nail infections are seven times more likely to occur on the toenails than on the fingernails. The inside of a shoe, where it’s dark, warm and moist, is the perfect environment for fungi to thrive.

What can I do to Treat a fungal toenail?

An infection toe/nail can be embarrassing and difficult to treat. It will not clear up on its own and can be contagious spreading to other nails. It is important to treat at the first sign of symptoms as it may spread resulting in other fungal infections.

You can either fix your fungal toenail via:

Topical Treatments

Topical Nail Lacquer

Topical Nail Lacquer

  • Typically these treatment options seem cheaper on first thought but actually cost more over the course of treatment. This is because the upfront cost of the topical anti-fungal agent are around $80 per vial for 7mL. This usually lasts a patient one (1) month per infected nail. The efficacy rate is approximately 8-10% and patients must be diligent using this treatment for upwards of six (6) to twenty-four (24) months. It is recommended having podiatry treatment during this time every six (6) weeks as we use sterile instruments (that limit the risk of cross contamination and re-infection) and we mechanically de-bride the nail back so the topical agents target the fungal spores that are located in the health nail.

    • Case study: Judy has one fungal nail as decides to treat her nail with a topical product purchased from the pharmacy. Let’s just say things go great for Judy and her issue is resolved in six (6) months. Topical treatment would equate to approximately $732 for a efficacy rate of 8-10%.

    • Assumptions: The topical vial is $80 per month, podiatry appointments are $63 per appointment every six (6) weeks. Judy is diligent applying this treatment twice weekly for the six (6) month period.

Oral Medications

Oral Medication

Oral Medication

Oral medications are taken for six (6) to twelve (12) months and have an efficacy rate of 50%. Prior to prescription of one of these medications, a microscopy study of your nail cuttings are required to confirm that fungus is present. Doctors often then order a blood test to check liver function, and your blood chemistry is often monitored every twelve (12) weeks for those at risk of adverse effect such as liver disease.

Case Study:

  • Judy has one fungal nail as decides to treat her nail with oral medication. Let’s just say things go great for Judy and her issue is resolved in six (6) months. This would equate to:

    • At lease four visits to her GP.

    • A microscopy test.

    • The medication.

    • Podiatry appointments every six (6) weeks.

    • Approximately $450 our of pocket over six (6) to twelve (12) months for an efficacy rate of 50%.

PACT Therapy

PACT therapy that is safe, effective, and pain-free.

It is the interaction of light with photosensitive agents to produce an energy transfer and local chemical effect. During this process, bacteria, viruses and fungi can be effectively destroyed.

Baltazar et al. 2015 reported that patients who were unresponsive to other standard treatments, including oral antifungals responded to PACT Therapy.

Figueiredo et al. 2016 reported that PACT had a 100% success rate for mild to moderate and a 63.5% success rate for severe onychomycosis infections.

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PACT - Photodynamic Therapy   A safe and effective pain-free treatment  Figueiredo et al. 2016 reported that PACT had a 100% success rate for mild to moderate fungal nails infection, and a 63.5% success rate for severe fungal nail infections.

PACT - Photodynamic Therapy

A safe and effective pain-free treatment

Figueiredo et al. 2016 reported that PACT had a 100% success rate for mild to moderate fungal nails infection, and a 63.5% success rate for severe fungal nail infections.


This treatment means no more ineffective nail paints or creams, no more oral medications with common and unpleasant side effects, or painful hot laser procedures.

We offer this service at our Newmarket and Brisbane CBD clinics and to clients in the comfort of their own home.

Process

  • Step 1: Prep the nails.

  • Step 2: Three PACT Therapy Treatments spread one (1) week apart with a UV shoe zap to prevent re-infection at each appointment.

  • Step 3: Review at two (2) months.

Our PACT Pack, which covers everything the whole treatment from start to finish, begin at $549 depending on your health fund. Your rebates will be deducted from this figure to work out your out of pocket expense.

Case Study:

  • Judy has one fungal nail as decides to treat her nail with PACT Therapy. This would equate to:

    • Five (5) visits to The Feet People which includes diagnostic testing, PACT treatment, and a review appointment.

    • Approximately $450 our of pocket over six (6) to twelve (12) months for an efficacy rate of 63.5 - 100%.

  • Approximately $549 our of pocket for treatment over three (3) weeks for an efficacy rate of 63.5 - 100% success.