Injury & Pain Treatment
The feet and legs absorb tremendous loading forces every single day, sometimes reaching over 20 times the person’s body weight! This can easily lead to both acute and chronic lower limb injuries.
Sustaining an injury when you’re always on the go doesn’t just mean pain and a potentially longstanding recovery – it means you miss out on doing the things you enjoy like being free to go for that walk and spend that time with your family or friends. That’s why we have a special interest in pain and injury rehabilitation and prevention, so you can get back on your feet and back to doing the things you love as quickly as possible.
We deal with lower limb injuries that arise from work, from sport, from simple household chores or playing with your kids – you name it! We don’t just treat your injuries, but identify the exact cause(s) that led to their development so we can help prevent this from happening again.We understand that every person has different needs, different goals and different daily commitments, which is why each treatment plan is tailored specifically to you and your goals. So let’s reach them together!
After a comprehensive evaluation, we will make recommendations for a treatment plan based on your medical history, your tolerance for specific therapies and extent of the injury.
This is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain; focusing on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
We love the results we get with performing a myofascial release and the instant improvement in reducing muscle tightness. Because tight muscles can create an abnormal pull on surrounding structures, they can often have more of an effect on your body than you know. Loosening them up and getting the tissues functioning normally can then make a significant improvement to the lower limbs and relieve pressure from painful areas.
Dry needling is a procedure in which a very thin solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly aimed at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production of pain. If you think of knots in your muscles that when you push down on it elicits pain and you think ‘that’s the spot’ then that’s it!
Dry needling is rarely painful, often you’ll feel a twinge or contraction from the muscle when the needle hits the trigger point. While dry needling doesn’t often cause any bleeding, it occasionally can happen where bruising may occur. You can often feel a difference immediately after the therapy and many of our patients very much enjoy dry needling! Come in and have a chat about whether dry needling can help you too.
‘Stretching and strengthening’ is often talked about as if the terms described the same mundane process – this is definitely not the case! Both stretching and strengthening individually have the ability to make massive changes in your foot/leg function and importantly your pain.
Strengthening works to give back intrinsic strength to muscles that currently have deficits contributing to your pains or problems. If muscles lack the strength to efficiently move the body and carry us, then they’ll be out-powered by other muscles which will, in turn, alter the biomechanics of the feet and legs. This will then place an abnormal strain on other areas and the painful cycle continues. Assessing muscle strength and function, and strengthening muscles where needed can then massively improve your bodies function and reduce pain. This isn’t just limited to the feet and legs – we often find that the muscles of the hips and lower back have a massive impact on the ability to walk and run efficiently and pain-free!
Stretching works on tight muscles to get them to the normal length for optimal function. Muscle tightness can create tension and strain on the surrounding bones, joints and muscles. It can alter the function of the feet and legs and contribute to the development of problems and pain. Identifying muscle tightness and regularly stretching can help to correct a number of issues. The muscles are often both stretched and strengthened for optimum results.
After your assessment, we prescribe customised exercises to meet your needs. These are introduced gradually. Developing a suitable exercise program — best done under expert supervision — will help you build strong, flexible muscles that will be less prone to injury.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct an abnormal, or irregular walking and running patterns that have contributed to increased stress through the feet and legs and ultimately injury. Orthotics are not merely “arch supports”. An orthotic is designed to guide the mechanics of the foot to a precise degree which help the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently, making standing, walking, and running more comfortable.
If you’re suffering from pain or injury, your orthotic is specifically designed to correct any biomechanical anomalies that are contributing to your injury and ongoing pain, and distribute weight away from the painful area.
In sports, orthotics are able to fit into your sports shoes (yes, even narrow footy boots!) to help you and your performance during the game, as well as to prevent injury and accommodate current injuries.
We love orthotics because of the massive change they make in our patients’ lives – and not to mention their pain levels. The way they alter foot biomechanics to help injuries and promote healthy foot function means our patient feel great, look great, and can get back to doing the things they love faster than ever.
Strapping is the process of applying sports tape directly to the skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones and muscles during daily or athletic activities. This technique is used in sports medicine to reduce pain and aids recovery from overuse and other injuries.
By keeping the foot in a certain position that is dictated by the type of strapping applied, certain movements of the feet are restricted and the foot is supported in the best way as dictated by your Podiatrist. While the strapping is applied it can reduce pain and pressure from damaged structures and facilitate their healing.
We see many athletes who come to us before a game or a run to have their feet strapped to decrease their chance of injury while they’re still recovering, and in some cases reduce the risk of recurrence of a previous injury if there is a high risk in their intended activity.
Caring for your skin and nails and maintaining a good level of general foot health can significantly improve your performance and foot function. Because our feet serve as the foundation of the body, any bumps, lumps and cracks (and the way we change the way we move because of them) can affect not just our feet and legs but the rest of our body too! Which can have a big negative impact on your performance during the game.
We use specialised podiatric equipment to instantly reduce thickened nails, sore corns, callus, warts and cracked heels and manage painful ingrown toenails. Remember, those little niggles you ignore can end up being a lot more serious and stop you from getting out there and doing the things you love!
If your injury is a result of an accident, you may be covered under ACC. Be sure to inform us at the time of your appointment if this is the case and we will fill in the relevant paperwork to see if you are covered. We’re a registered ACC provider and have an addition orthotic contract to make the prescription of orthotics simple and hassle-free, where it is necessary as part of your treatment.