Australians spend a lot of time on their feet. On average, you walk over 2.7 million steps every year, equating to 7400 steps per day. That number will be even greater for those rising up to the 10,000 steps per day challenge! You can bet that all these steps add up and take their toll – not just on your body, but on your shoes and orthotics, too.
If you have seen a child on a Jolly Jumper (also known as baby bouncers or jumperoos), you might know the look of delight on their face whilst they bounce away. In recent years, however, Jolly Jumpers have come under scrutiny as to whether the may potentially do more harm than good when it comes to healthy lower limb development and reaching developmental milestones.
This is a question many of our team members are asked by new parents with concerns as to whether they should use one with their child. To help parents make an informed decision, we have explored the current research and facts about jumpers and walkers from a foot and leg health perspective.
Following government guidelines, we are asking all people who have travelled in the last 14 days not to present to the clinic, and to reschedule their appointment, and we look forward to welcoming them back.
We are asking patients if they are showing signs or symptoms of the Coronavirus not to visit us until they have been cleared by their GP or returned a negative test.
Additional measures we are taking
- We have made hand sanitisers and hand washing facilities available to all our team members and patients within the clinic. We are following the best guidelines from the Department of Health for cleaning our clinic facilities, waiting areas and equipment. Please refer to the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Principles for COVID-19 document here.
- Where possible clinics are being re-arranged to ensure there is less close contact between patients, and as able we are moving our patients quickly through and away from the common areas.
We appreciate that is a challenging time for all and that some of these measures may create some disruption to your treatment. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that keep we can continue to deliver a safe and reassuring service to all of our valued patients.
Before attending your next appointment, please complete the following questionnaire to ensure that you are adhering to current government protocols.
COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire
- Are you feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath?
- Have you had close contact* with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)? *Face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes, or have shared an enclosed space for more than two hours.
- Have you travelled overseas in the last 14 days?
- Have you travelled interstate in the last 14 days?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, we recommend that you:
- Reschedule your appointment for as soon as possible after the 14-day exclusion
- Self-isolate at home for 14 days (as per the government protocols) after any international travel or if you have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 while infectious.
- Please call your GP if you develop any respiratory symptoms or fever.
Updated 16 April 9:20am AEST
At My FootDr, we’re focused on the well-being of every person who steps through our clinic doors. This includes the health and safety of our local communities, which is you, our patients, as well as our team members.
➕ We want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, are regularly updating our internal policy and processes according to any daily mandates and recommendations from the government and the Department of Health.
➕ Following government guidelines, we are asking all people who have travelled in the last 14 days not to present to the clinic. We are helping to reschedule appointments, and we look forward to welcoming these patients back following the appropriate period of quarantine.
➕ We are asking patients to let us know if they are showing signs or symptoms of the Coronavirus. Should this be the case we are rescheduling appointments and requesting clearance by their GP or evidence of a returned a negative test.
➕ We have made hand sanitisers and hand-washing facilities available to all our team members and patients within the clinic. We are following best guidelines from the Department of Health for cleaning our clinic facilities, waiting areas and equipment.
➕ Where possible clinics are being re-arranged to ensure there is less close contact between patients, and as able we are moving our patients quickly through and away from the common areas. This includes implementing the current social distancing guidelines (2m apart, 1 person per 4m squared inside).
Other ways you can help us, help you.
Steps you can take:
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if you don’t have access to wash hands with soap and water
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow
- Call your GP first if you need medical attention. They will advise you what to do
- Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep
- If you have flu like symptoms or you are presenting as unwell, please call our clinic where our reception team will assist you to reschedule your appointment.
- Practice social distancing and avoid touching, shaking hands, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact with others
- We ask that only the individual being treated attend the clinic. In the interests of health and safety for all we are attempting to minimise the number of people in the waiting room at any given time.
Some extra items to now bring along to your appointment:
- Pen (if you would prefer not to use the pens at our reception desk)
- Water bottle
We appreciate that it is a challenging time for all and that some of these measures may create some disruption to your treatment. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that we can continue to deliver a safe and reassuring service to all of our valued patients.
If you’ve recently had a baby, then we want to start by saying a massive congratulations! Your body does incredible things during pregnancy – and that’s just before baby arrives! Whether you knew it, or not:
- Your blood volume increased – by up to 50% – to help supply enough oxygen to your growing baby
- Your heart may have grown by up to 12% to accommodate the extra blood and get it pumping to your body and baby
- Aside from growing a baby, you also grew a new organ! Your placenta was formed to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen they needed
- Your uterus expanded more than 500 times its normal size!
With your little one here, you may be wondering when you can throw on your running shoes again – and what your body can handle. To help, we’ve put together a guide on what you can expect when it comes to getting back into exercise in your first three months.
Foot pain is frustrating. Foot pain with a new baby to care for can seem hopeless. Unfortunately, many mums are vulnerable to foot pain throughout their pregnancy due to the increased stress on their bodies, combined with a surge of ligament-relaxing hormones.
We see and treat many new mums who put off their appointment for months because they don’t have the time or energy to come in (plus a part of them was hoping the pain would get better on its own!). If this sounds like you and you haven’t made it in to see your podiatrist yet, we’ve put together some easy and gentle foot and leg exercises that you can complete at home while looking after your little one.
No equipment needed and nothing strenuous – just simple movements to get the limbs moving, slowly improve flexibility and strength, and get the blood pumping to assist your body’s repair process. This way, when you do make it in to see us, you’ll already be one step ahead on your road to recovery.
To learn more about how pregnancy affects your feet and legs, click here.
In a recent interview, President of the Australian Podiatry Association, Karina Richards, talks about the growing prevalence of infections coming from visits to nail salons.
Mrs Richards comments on the increased numbers of fungal nail infections, infections around the nail, and skin infections currently being seen and treated by Australian podiatrists. She describes them as being “painful, disfiguring and distressing” for patients, which mirrors what patients at My FootDr tell us when they seek help for a nail or skin infection.
While the instruments used for nail care in podiatry clinics must comply with strict hygiene and sterilisation protocols at a government level, nail salons remain largely unregulated. This means that salons are free to use the same instruments from one foot to the next. You don’t know if the person before you had a fungal infection, or if their nail service resulted in bleeding, meaning you are exposing yourself to potential harm.
What should you do if you suspect that you have a fungal nail or skin infection?
See your podiatrist. We are qualified to diagnose and treat fungal infections of the skin and nails, and can help you differentiate between fungal nail infections and other causes of nail discolouration like trauma and psoriasis.
Our treatment options for fungal nails include laser treatment, which has shown to have higher efficacy than both over-the-counter pharmacy medications and oral tablets .
The way that a woman’s body changes during pregnancy is amazing. The way that women adjust to these changes may be even more so. Our centre of gravity shifts forward, the way we walk changes with a wider hip stance, the pressure on the muscles and tissues in our feet and legs skyrocket – and we haven’t even started on everything that’s going on inside – hormones and all!
With these changes often comes pain, and the hips take a particular toll. To help mums understand what they can expect – or are currently going through, here are the top four causes of hip pain we see during pregnancy.
In-toeing is the position where the feet turn in to face one another, and is often referred to as pigeon-toeing. For many kids, in-toeing is a normal part of early development as kids learn to walk and find their feet. While this foot position should correct itself before the age of four, it can persist and cause tripping, falling, clumsiness and pain as a result of these incidents.
When in-toeing persists, specific orthotics called gait plates can be used to encourage the feet to turn out. Today, we’re sharing what gait plates are and how they may be able to help your child with their in-toeing.
“I know you can be born with flat feet, but can your arches really just fall as an adult?”
This was the exact question we were asked last week by a patient, concerned with the possibility of his feet spontaneously flattening. Our answer? Yes. Your feet can flatten as an adult. But it’s not ‘spontaneous’. Let us explain.