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Services

Podiatry Services

Our Comprehensive Podiatry Services include;

 

A full scope of general podiatry services are offered at Claremont / Solefix Podiatry. The team have many years experience dealing with a range of common skin and nail complaints.

 

We often deal with problems such as;

 

Corns & Callouses 

 

Often due to abnormally high pressure in certain areas, we can safely and painlessly remove your issue. We also aim to look at the causes resulting in these types of lesions and addressing them to offer permanent solution to these annoying complaints.

 

Routine Nail Care

 

We offer a professional and efficient nail reduction service to patient’s who have difficultly maintaining there general foot care needs.

 

Ingrown Toenails

 

Ingrowing nails can be a major cause of pain and distress for people. Podiatrist are the best placed professional to efficiency resolve your symptoms. Usually one consultation is needed to address an ingrowing nail. We also offer minor nail surgery procedures to permanently resolve longstanding nail issues.

 

Diabetic Foot Assessment

 

We offer comprehensive diabetic foot assessment to our patients in which is important aspect to your management of your condition. We also offer routine check ups and treatment to assist diabetic patients with any minor or major foot issues they are having.

Foot & Ankle Pain

Pain in the foot and ankle can be a serious problem with 25 % of people will at some point in their life experiencing. It is important that it is addressed and should not be ignored.

The human foot is a strong and complex structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is the foundation on which we stand, walk and run….  if this crucial link breaks down it can have a major effect on our body’s function and quality of life. Often many injuries we see can be treated without the use of drugs, injections and surgery.

As a speciality foot and ankle pain clinic, we specialise in the diagnosis, preventation and rehabilitation of numerous foot and ankle problems;

 

Common Areas & Conditions

  • Big Toe Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Arch Pain
  • Heel Spurs
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Flat / High Arch Feet

 

Diagnosis

Firstly, time will be spent discussing your problem, when it hurts, where it hurts which is imperative to understanding your problem. A full assessment of your injury will be then undertaken so that an accurate diagnose can be formulated.

A correct diagnosis is crucial to the resolution of your pain.  Without a specific diagnosis, treatment tends to be general rather than specifically targeted to your problem. A comprehensive plan to resolve your pain can be best formulated when the diagnosis is clear.

We utilise the latest in-person clinical tests combined with diagnostic imaging when appropriate such as ultrasound, X-RAY and MRI to fully diagnose your problem.

All scans are bulk billed under Medicare except MRI scans.

 

Assessment

Once your injury is determined, an evaluation of your problem and the potential causes will be looked in to.

Understanding how your body functions and analysing movement patterns of the entire body, not just how your feet function, is vital in order to get to the root cause of your injury and pain.

Often our Assessments involve;

  • Gait Analysis of walking and running
  • Functional Movement Testing
  • Biomechanical Assessment
  • Strength & Flexibility Testing
  • Footwear Assessment
  • Orthotic Assessment

 

Treatment

We focus on the causes and the prevention of your problems, no short term fixes or bandage approaches, We provide individualised and specific treatment plans tailored to you.

 

Our treatment centres around the following;

  • Exercise Rehabilitation; Tailored Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
  • Manual Therapy such as soft tissue therapy and joint mobilisation
  • Footwear assessment and prescription
  • Custom & Off the Shelf Orthotic therapy
  • Dry Needling (Western Medical Acupuncture), Strapping
  • Running and walking assessment and re-training
  • Movement and training analysis and prescription including running & strength programs

We work with people from all walks of life from runners and athletes to less active people trying to live a healthy lifestyle without pain.

We have helped thousands of Gold Coasters improve their mobility, become pain free and return to optimal health.

Running & Sports Injury

For many of us, running and sport is an inseparable part of our lives—we love it! When we run, we improve our health, relieve stress, achieve personal goals, compete, raise money, and most of all have fun.

 

On any given weekend, check out any city across the globe and you’ll be inspired by runners and sporting athletes spanning ages, speeds, motivations, and goals—each with their own stories.

 

Most sports people only seek treatment once an injury occurs…. We are focused to get you back to pain-free function as soon as possible.

 


Common Running & Sports Injuries We Deal With;

 

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ankle Injury
  • Shin Splints
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Midfoot/Arch Pain
  • Poor Biomechanics
  • Poor Foot Function
  • Flat / High Arch Feet

 

It’s also important to remember that pain in other parts of the body can be related to the feet. We often work with various allied health and medical professionals to assist in knee, hip and back pain associated with poor foot and biomechanical function of the body.

 


Who do we help?

 

  • All types of runners completing 5K, 10K, Marathoners
  • Crazy people completing ultra-marathons
  • Many state runners, netball and hockey players
  • Hundreds of young school-aged athletes. Playing soccer, football, rugby, hockey, basketball, cricket, athletics and dance.
  • Thousands of adults training for fitness, fun and friendship.

 

If you fit anywhere in these group of athletes and you have foot or leg pain limiting you in any way, we are here to help you!

 


Treatment Focused on the Causes

 

We use our knowledge of how the human body functions to analyse movement patterns of the entire body, not just how your feet function.

 

Everything in your body has a role to play and everything is dependent on all other parts being capable of doing their job to work optimally.

 

We use correct exercise therapy, traditional podiatry treatments and various rehabilitation techniques to reduce pain, increase muscle strength and improve mobility, ultimately to solve your problem and prevent it from coming back for good.

 


Common Treatments We Use

 

  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Dry Needling
  • Orthotic Therapy
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Footwear Modification
  • In-shoe modification
  • Strapping / Bracing
  • Strength & Functional Training
  • Running Technique Education
  • Tailored Running, Training & Exercise Programs

 


Sports Podiatry at Solefix

 

Most people have no idea whether or not they are running or functioning correctly, however, when an injury occurs they know they must do something about it

 

We deal largely with musculoskeletal and sports injuries which is pain, injury and dysfunctional from joints, bone, muscles and tendons that come from sports and activity;

 

Our podiatrists have spent years being a part of high level sport as athletes as well as working in sports medicine clinics internationally, they have the experience and knowledge in all aspects of foot, ankle and lower leg running and sports related injury.

 

Movement & Gait Anaylsis

Biomechanics is the study of how your body moves. 

 

The human foot is a biomechanical masterpiece, that can cope from everything from walking to running  to jumping and dancing when left to its own devices.  But what happens when things go wrong.

 

Everyone is different, the human body moves in a truly unique sequence of events. Gait analysis is a way in which we can study and quantify movements during such events as walking or running.

 

Performing gait analysis and functional movement assessments on individuals allows us to understand your patterns of movements and overall function.

 


Finding the root causes of your pain by looking at how you are engineered….

 

Faulty structural and/or functional biomechanics often a component in musculo-skeletal pain in the foot, ankle, heel and lower leg.

 

Assessing how and when each joint is moving, how muscles are functioning and how these movements are controlled gives us insight into to whether these are playing a role in the pain or injuries you are experiencing.

 


What does a typical assessment include?

 

  • Analysis of walking (gait) pattern
  • Biomechanical Assessment (Foot, Ankle, Knee, Hip structural and functional analysis)
  • In-depth Foot & Ankle analysis
  • Functional exercises to assess quality and control of various movement patterns
  • Analysis of running (gait) pattern if necessary
  • Evidenced-based interpretation of findings and potential links to injury, written report if necessary
  • Comprehensive treatment plan formulated with findings

 

We use motion analysis to assist us in diagnosing injury related to walking, running and sports. We also use this routinely on runners and athletes to help provide solutions to maximise their performance.

This assessment is routinely performed in consultations when necessary by our podiatrists who have extended scope of skills in this area.

Custom Orthotic Therapy

Custom Orthotic Therapy

 

What are they?

 

Foot orthoses are in shoe-medical devices that are used in the treatment of numerous foot, ankle, knee and lower limb complaints.

 

They’re effectiveness has been thought to be due to supporting, aligning or correcting the foot’s posture or deformity. A more up to date understanding in which they produce there action is by altering stresses and forces that are transmitted to your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.

 

We prescribe, design and manufacture orthotics to reduce pain, solve injuries and improve foot function which will improve the biomechanical action of the entire body, keeping you pain free and active as well as preventing injury.

 

They can help with a range of problems which will be discussed with you at your consultation.

 

Conditions Orthotics May Assist with;

  • Arch Pain
  • Midfoot Pain
  • Shin Pain
  • Tendon Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Forefoot Pain
  • Joint Pain

 

Our Orthotic Philosophy

 

We take the time to understand you and your issues because we strive for the highest quality care and satisfaction for our patients. If you are not satisfied, we are not satisfied.

 

We use the latest in 3D scanning technology and Australia’s premier orthotic lab in order to provide you with the best custom and off-shelve orthotics on the market. Always crafted to the highest levels of precision and quality .

 

We apply physics and engineering principles to our prescriptions which means you’ll get a prescription based on science, that works!

We are so confident in prescribing orthotics that we offer a 100 % satisfaction guarantee or your money back.

 

Our Orthotic Process

 

Assess – Biomechanics (Initial Appointment)

 

When prescribing an orthoses it is important that a full assessment has been completed. Our podiatrists aim to accurately identify the injured tissues, accurate diagnosis is a crucial element.

 

It is important to assess your movement with functional tasks, walking and running which lets us understand what may have contributed to an injury, and we then design patient specific treatment plans aimed at addressing the identified causes; This may include orthotic therapy .

 

If your podiatrist suggests an orthotic prescription he will give a sound explanation and reasoning why this may be used.

 

Capture (3D Scan Taken at Initial or Follow Up)

 

Utilizing a process known as stereo photogrammetry, we’re able to determine the location of points on an object. During the SOLS fitting process we extract foot morphology data to generate a topographic map of the foot by identifying reference measurements made in two or more photographic images taken from different positions.

 

 

Prescribe & Design

 

Our Podiatrist have studied the mechanics and dynamics of the foot and gait cycle to build a product made specifically for you to reduce your pain, increase comfort and improve your function.

 

Our orthotics are configured to your function, pain, activity and footwear to offer you a completely tailored solution.

 

Our orthotics are firm enough to support you, and flexible enough to absorb striking impacts and propel you back into action.

 

 

 

Fitting Appointment (Follow Up Appointment)

 

At this appointment the orthotics are fitted to your feet and footwear. A consultation with the podiatrist is essential at this step to ensure the orthotics are achieving what they are supposed to and to allow for small adjustments to be made. Please make sure you bring the shoes you plan to wear the orthotics in.

Any Questions? Please give our friendly reception team a call