LOCAL podiatrist Jayne Palmer is excited about a business move that has seen her Adelaide Hills Family & Sports Podiatry Centre partnered with national brand My FootDr podiatry centres.
The centre, which has operated locally for 7 years, marks just the second location for My FootDr in South Australia, adding to a further 30 nationally as part of Australia’s largest podiatry group.
Ms Palmer said the new-look podiatry centre signified a new direction for the business.
“I am excited to be joining a national network which brings with it access to the latest podiatry equipment, training and research and a group commitment focused on helping Australians maintain healthy feet,” she says.
“Through our strong focus on patient outcomes we have grown organically and the national support will be fundamental as we look to grow our team with additional podiatrists.”
Research recently released by My FootDr revealed as many as 1.4 million Australians could be waking up with sore feet every day.
The 2017 Healthy Feet Survey showed that almost 1 in 2 (48%) respondents experienced heel, arch or foot pain at least once a week, with 6 per cent waking up with the condition daily.
A significant number of respondents also said they had experienced sore feet after work (51%) and after exercise (53%) in the last 12 months.
Ms Palmer said there was a clear information gap among Australians about the importance of foot health.
“Most foot conditions are preventable, but they are being ignored because there is a distinct lack of awareness around proper care of feet and knowing who to turn to for professional advice,” she says.
“Feet are a foundation for your body and taking them for granted could lead to permanent issues such as arthritis or conditions in other parts of your body including legs, knees, hips and lower back.”
She said better education was needed around how podiatry contributes to overall health and well-being.
“Podiatry is the only health profession entirely devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity,” she says.
“We offer a full scope of services including comprehensive foot assessments, gait analysis, foot orthotics and nail surgery with an emphasis on advising on changes that prevent long-term problems.
My FootDr Stirling is located at Shop 10 Stirling Tiers, 55 Mt Barker Road, Stirling. To book an appointment to see a podiatrist call 08 8339 7551 or book online from www.myfootdr.com.au.