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Sharon Hipkiss BHSc (Pod)

Sharon is a confident and experienced podiatrist that loves watching her patients leave their appointments with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces. Her career began when she was treated for a plantar wart that she contracted at a nail salon, so understands the value that excellent podiatry care brings.

 

Sharon enjoys the many aspects of podiatry, including treating foot pain, ingrown toenails, using dry needling techniques, and providing safe and sterile medical pedicures. She believes that we often neglect our feet until something goes wrong, and that’s when we realise just how important our feet are to our daily lives. With this in mind, Sharon loves having the knowledge and skills to best manage foot health and pain when these problems do begin.

 

Prior to attaining her degree in Podiatry, Sharon completed a diploma at the BGA Alexandra Nursing College in South Africa, where she trained as a theatre nurse. She has also spent years in both the pharmaceutical and medical device sales arena, and brings her extensive knowledge of innovative healthcare to our team here at Perform Podiatry.

 

 

There are 5 primary techniques that Sharon uses to manage lower limb pain:

dry needling

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.

Ingrown toenail surgery is a minor procedure performed in the chair that provides a professional, safe and effective solution to frustrating and painful ingrown toenails. This is one of the most common procedures carried out in our clinic.

The procedure removes the small part of the toenail edge that is growing downwards/inwards, piercing the skin and causing your painful symptoms. We see fantastic results from this procedure and have great satisfaction with it, especially as many patients struggle with recurring ingrown toenails for years before having the procedure.

orthotics side view

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.

strapping2

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.

 

callus

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!

Registration

Podiatrists Board of New Zealand

Memberships

Podiatry New Zealand

Education and Qualification

Auckland University of Technology

Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry

Certificate in Podiatry Dry Needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling)

BGA Alexandra Nursing College – Nursing Diploma