Overview

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry refers to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical conditions of the feet, ankle and lower limbs.  Podiatrists are able to treat a wide range of conditions including acute sporting injuries, soft tissue injuries, neurological and circulatory disease. Our Podiatry Coaches are skilled in multiple different treatment techniques to help solve your problem.

Overview

What’s involved in a session with a PEAK Podiatrist?

Your initial session with a PEAK Podiatrist will involve the practitioner getting to know you and getting an understanding of what has brought you in. Your Podiatrist will then perform a physical examination to build a further picture of what is going on and to assist with building a customised treatment plan. Your Podiatry Coach will use clinical assessment techniques, including gait analysis to secure a diagnosis and prognosis, taking into account any lifestyle factors. Your Podiatrist will then help guide you through this plan utilising a variety of treatment techniques that may include exercise, advice and education, custom orthotics and manual therapy.

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What can Podiatry services treat?

Our PEAK Podiatrist’s are experts in treating musculoskeletal issues of the foot, ankle and lower limb. The most common of these include plantar heel pain, ankle pain, achilles, calf or forefoot pain. These issues may be acute such as a fall or injury during sport or chronic such as an onset of heel pain over a few months. Our Podiatrists also specialise in completing Running Biomechanics Assessments to help determine any underlying biomechanics or weaknesses that are contributing to your injury. Podiatry is also able to help with conditions in children and can help keep children active. Podiatrists play an important role in overall foot health and can also help with general nail care, ingrown toenails and diabetic foot assessments.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is the most common musculoskeletal condition that Podiatrists treat. There are several different diagnoses that can occur at the heel so it is important to get an assessment from a Podiatrist to start the right treatment as soon as possible. Our Podiatrist’s will do an in depth history and biomechanical assessment to work out why the pain might have started and develop the steps to prevent it in the future. Our Podiatrist’s at PEAK may use a combination of custom orthotics, footwear advice, strengthening exercises, foot mobilisation and manipulation, dry needling and ART to address your pain.

Forefoot Pain

Forefoot Pain can sometimes be quite complex as there are many different conditions that can affect this area. Pain can develop in the bones (known as metatarsal bones) and joints in the ball of your foot, or even in your toes themselves. Some of the most common conditions Podiatrists treat include bunions, bursitis, Morton’s neuroma, stress fractures, sesamoiditis and arthritis. Treatment for this area will vary depending on the condition, however can include options such as footwear advice and custom orthotics to provide support to the affected area.

Running Technique

Running injuries are very common, and your technique may be contributing to your pain. To find the cause of your problem, and to begin our plan for prevention, we can perform a Running Biomechanics Assessment. A Running Biomechanics Assessment is an individual analysis of how your body is moving and functioning while you are running. We perform a musculoskeletal assessment of the function and strength of the major areas of your body that are involved with running. This is combined with a video analysis of your running technique. To get the most accurate results we perform the assessment on a treadmill and use wearable sensor technology to help understand the pressures going through your legs.

Shin Pain

Shin Pain is a common condition that is treated by our Podiatrists. It is most often seen in runners and people who play high-impact sports due to the repetitive impact to the legs. Our Podiatrists will thoroughly investigate your history and do a detailed assessment to understand why the shin pain developed in the first place. This may include reviewing your training history and load, footwear, running technique and biomechanics. At PEAK, we use a combination of treatment types including short term treatments to reduce inflammation and pain, as well as methods to reduce load, and strengthen your legs. These treatments may include dry needling, a strength and mobility program, custom foot orthotics and gait retraining.

Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles Tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the Achilles tendon that joins your heel bone to your calf muscles. This is often associated with a gradual onset of pain often from an increase in activity levels. For Achilles tendon pain our Podiatrist’s will develop an understanding of your training history, review your footwear and conduct a biomechanical assessment to help identify the likely cause of the pain. Your individual treatment plan will depend on the nature of the Achilles Tendon pain. This may include providing a custom strength program, gradual running load program, dry needling, footwear advice, soft tissue therapies and joint mobilisation, and custom foot orthotics.

General Nail Care

At PEAK, our Podiatrists can provide treatment for cutting toe nails, removing ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, warts and fungal nail advice. We also conduct neurological, vascular and diabetic foot assessments.

Podiatry for Children

At PEAK we have a large focus on the prevention of injuries. We believe that it is important to take a proactive approach with children’s feet in order to identify any possible issues early. 

We are able to offer advice and treatment for children for the following:

  • Footwear
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Ingrown toenails and warts
  • Sever’s disease
  • Osgood Schlatter’s disease
  • Toe walkers
  • Intoeing
  • Metatarsus adductus
  • Flatfoot
  • Running and coordination development

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Benefits of Podiatry

  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Clear diagnosis and explanation of the problem
  • Custom designed orthotics
  • Pain relief
  • Prevention from the pain returning
  • Performance enhancement running technique
  • Improved function
  • Self management techniques

What is biomechanics in Podiatry?

Podiatrists focus uniquely on problems concerning the foot and lower limbs. Your body functions as one single moving part rather than in separate segments, and it is important to understand that your feet provide the foundation for these movements. This principle holds true for young children and adults, right through to elite sports people or the elderly.

A biomechanical assessment is carried out during the initial consultation. The assessment aims to identify whether or not your muscles, joints and/or nerves are working together effectively. 

In a biomechanical assessment your podiatrist will:

  • Film how you stand, walk and or run 
  • Review your current footwear
  • Check the range of motion and strength or your joints and muscles
  • Specifically assess your current injury and provide a clear plan with exercises and treatment

The PEAK Podiatry Clinic

PEAK has two Brisbane based clinics located in Hawthorne and New Farm. Both clinics are modern high end environments that include gyms with the latest equipment. Our Hawthorne clinic boasts an Anti-Gravity treadmill, one of two commercially available in Brisbane. Both locations have running treadmills for the use of gait assessments.

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

At PEAK our Podiatrist’s are expert’s in foot, ankle and lower limb injuries. They are also able to provide treatment for general nail care, ingrown toenails and warts.

Podiatry can sometimes be covered by Medicare via an EPC (enhanced primary care plan) that is acquired from a General Practitioner for chronic conditions. Please see your GP to see if you are eligible for this. This plan can provide up to five appointments that attract a Medicare rebate.

During the initial consultation we will provide a biomechanical assessment. This involves reviewing your stance and gait, reviewing your current footwear, checking the range of motion and strength or your joints and muscles. The Podiatrist will then specifically assess your current injury and provide a clear plan with exercises and treatment.

A referral is not required to visit our Podiatrists.

It is recommended to bring your most commonly worn shoes (eg work shoes, sport shoes, school shoes). Please also bring any old pairs of orthotics you may have or any results of scans if applicable. Please wear appropriate comfortable clothing as it will assist with your assessment.

Our locations

Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

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New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

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Hawthorne

Address
5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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New Farm

Address
1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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