If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, then it’s likely that your GP and diabetes nurse have made it clear: your feet are at risk, and you must look after them carefully. But what are they at risk of – why is foot care so important – and of all the areas of the body to be concerned about, why the feet?

Today, Australia’s leading podiatry team here at My FootDr answer these questions and show you why your body will endlessly thank you for taking the time to look after your feet. 

First Thing’s First: Why The Feet?

The symptoms of diabetes often begin in the feet first as they are the furthest away from our heart and spine, making them prone to poor circulation and nerve damage. This makes your feet vulnerable to a number of problems that can quickly turn serious – and even limb-threatening – without the right care and attention.

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When you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with large amounts of new information. From what foods should be avoided and the regular blood sugar monitoring, to learning and understanding the signs that something isn’t right, to how to best protect your health so that serious problems don’t develop – it can be a lot for a person to take in. 

Foot problems pose a large risk to the health of those with diabetes, yet many remain unaware of the dangers, are unable to reach their feet to adequately care for them, or may place their foot health on the backburner while they navigate coming to terms with the other aspects of their diabetes.

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Aside from managing injuries, improving running performance is one of the reasons patients come to us for orthotics. We understand the many goals that runners have – from maintaining their comfort over long distances when their feet start to tire and technique may drop off, to overcoming the vulnerabilities created by their gait or foot type to keep running pain-free – to gaining a competitive edge and beating their personal bests. Here is how orthotics can work to help runners run better, for longer – and help leave them feeling great on their feet after their run.

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Foot pain from running
Foot Pain When Running

As podiatrists with a keen interest in sports medicine, we see and treat thousands of runners every year with a common problem: foot pain that comes on during or after running

Given that running can exert a force of up to three times your bodyweight when your foot strikes the ground1, and you take approximately 1212 steps per kilometre when running at 7.5 min/km2, this can place some hefty demands on your feet during every run you do. So, it’s not surprising that up to 70% of recreational and competitive runners sustain injuries during any given year.3

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Recently retired or counting down the days? While the thought of retirement and being able to spend our days enjoying activities like golf, long walks and ample time with the grandkids is very exciting, there’s an unspoken catch: to maximise your involvement in all the physical activities you enjoy, you’ve got to stay mobile and comfortable on your feet

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Changes to feet as getting old

Does the ground feel firmer and less forgiving than it used to?

Do you struggle to find comfortable shoes – or ones that are wide enough for your feet?

Do your feet often swell and you’re not sure why?

All these changes, alongside many others, can be explained by the natural changes our feet go through as we get older. Thankfully, these changes don’t have to mean putting up with aches and pains in our everyday lives – especially if these symptoms are affecting our ability to move, stay independent, and do the things we love. Our podiatry team helps older adults stay active and pain-free on their feet every day – and today we’ve shared seven common changes to your feet that you may experience as you age.

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Podiatry Falls PreventionApproximately 200,000 Australians are hospitalised every year as a result of having a fall. Bone fractures are the most common type of injury resulting from a fall. While falls are most common in those aged over 65, young males aged 5-24 years are also particularly prone to falls.

Regardless of your age, activity levels or health status, helping prevent falls is an important part of what we do here at My FootDr.

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Swollen feet
Pregnant woman sore feet

Are you an expectant mum with a sudden onset of foot and leg pains or problems? Research shows that expectant mums tend to have a surge of hip, knee and foot pain during the second and third trimesters, which can linger into the postpartum period. 

As a result, our podiatrists here at My FootDr work extensively with new and expectant mums to help manage their foot pain and keep them comfortable on their feet, so they can focus on caring for their little ones without being held back. Here are six common complaints we see in pregnancy and why they occur.

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  • Noticed white spots appear on your toenails that never used to be there?
  • Removed your nail polish to find that your nails look more spotty and less healthy?
  • Worried about what white spots on the nails mean?

If your toenails are looking spotty, patchy or discoloured, you’re not alone. This is a concern raised by many patients that are worried about the spots progressing to affect the entire nail, spreading to the rest of the toes, and those wanting to restore the appearance of their toenails to one that is clear and healthy.

Here are the top five causes for white marks on toenails.

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