When there is increased stress on the arch, microscopic tears can occur within the plantar fascia, usually at its attachment to the heel. This results in pain when standing up after rest, typically when you get out of bed in the morning. This problem can be associated with 'flat feet', poorly fitting or worn footwear, occupational factors and more...
Corns and Callus
These are areas of thick/hard skin. They usually develop due to rubbing or irritation over a bony prominence. As they have no vascular or neural involvement, treatment is easily carried out by reduction with sterile scalpel blade, painlessly for you.
An ingrown toenail can occur for various reasons. The corners usually curve down and put pressure on the skin. Sometimes this pierces the skin, leading to pain, inflammation and even infection.
My particular specialty is the management of ingrown toenails, either conservatively where I painlessly reduce the nail spike back, offering relief. If necessary, another option includes permanent removal of a narrow portion of nail, leaving your nail pain free, yet looking good.
Biomechanical Assessment / Gait Analysis
With a post graduate diploma in Sports Medicine from Otago university (PGDipl SM), I am well positioned to assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of sports related injuries.
I commonly uses sophisticated (silicon coach) software to assist with motion analysis and assessment of foot function.
A thorough examination also includes muscle tests for weakness or tightness issues. I can also order x-rays or ultrasound scans if needed, and commonly collaborate with other health professionals to bring about your best outcome.
As part of my multi-faceted approach to treatment, I can provide custom moulded orthotics and insoles. These prescription foot supports are precisely aligned to your feet and legs to resolved problems arising from biomechanical misalignment.
Therapy also includes footwear assessment and advice, as well as advice on muscle function.
One typical client group these issues affect include children who suffer from a variety of problems including 'intoeing', 'severs osteochondrosis', 'flat feet', or 'Patello-Femoral' knee pain.
Dr Comfort Footwear
This is a range of shoes and sandals targeted to people with need for extra width and superior cushioning. Client types include people with diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis or significant bunion's. I love these shoes because they are truly plush. The removable liners are made out of a cushioning silicon, as opposed to simple foam typically found in normal retail footwear.
Gehwol Foot Creams
German-made, using only natural extracts, including even 'manuka' from good old NZ, This range includes various creams for softening, refreshing, warming, or even cooling the feet, whatever your particular requirements.