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Rockhampton podiatry groups come together as one

My FootDr Rockhampton
My Foot Dr’s Sharnee Pakieppa, Cameron Chaplin, Samantha Conroy, Aaron Carey and Il hwan Oh.

Rockhampton’s CQ Foot Clinic and Balance Podiatry has strengthened its leading foot care offering and undertaken an exciting partnership joining national podiatry group My FootDr podiatry centres.

The centre in North Rockhampton is now called My FootDr Rockhampton, joining 19 clinics in Queensland and 30 nationally as part of Australia’s largest podiatry network, which has provided foot care services since 2004.

Local Podiatrist, Aaron Carey said while the name change signified a new direction for the centre, it was business as usual for patients.

“While our centre may look different, you can be certain we will continue to offer the same quality podiatry services we have delivered to the community for over 10 years,” Mr Carey says.

“By joining a national network, we will have access to the latest podiatry equipment, training and research, with the group committed to helping Australians maintain healthy feet.”

Research recently released by My FootDr revealed as many as 1.4 million Australians could be waking up with sore feet every day as a result of poor shoe choices, lifestyle factors and ignorance towards foot health.

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.

Mr Carey 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,” he 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.”

He 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,” he says.

“We treat all forms of foot conditions including flat feet, heel pain and arch pain (plantar fasciitis), bunions, corns and problems with toenails including fungal nails or ingrown toenails.”

“We offer a full scope of services including comprehensive foot assessments, gait analysis, custom-made foot orthotics, laser treatment for fungal nails and nail surgery. Our approach always emphasises treatment or changes that prevent long-term problems.

In addition to patient care, my FootDr stocks more than 150 styles of orthotic friendly footwear from leading brands including Ziera, Birkenstock, Merrell, Saucony and more. Ideal for keeping feet comfortable and pain free.

My FootDr Rockhampton is located at 8/235-239 Musgrave St, North Rockhampton QLD 4701. To book an appointment to see a podiatrist call 07 4921 3532 or book online at www.myfootdr.com.au.

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