Foot Problem Locator
BIG TOE AREA
Bruising of the great toenail can be partial or the whole nail can be involved. Acute trauma causes extreme discomfort and bleeding under the nail, and usually happens when a heavy object has been…
Ingrown toenails are self-evident and painful. Prevent ingrown toenails by using an appropriate technique for cutting toenails. Don’t pull or tear nails. Cut straight across the nail and file the…
Other terms for bunion include hallux abducto valgus (HAV).Bunions look like an unsightly bump on the side of the big toe. The bump is prone to extreme pressure from foot wear and often forms a fluid…
Excessive pronation (flat feet)
Pronation is a necessary part of the gait cycle as this movement allows your foot to adapt to ground changes. Excessive pronation occurs when the foot rolls inwards throughout the gait cycle. The foot…
WartsAlso known as plantar warts or verrucaeWarts are a round or oval shaped lesion on the sole of the foot. They are caused by the human papilloma virus and are commonly misdiagnosed as a corn. Verrucae… Read More
Heel bumpsThe discomfort of heel bumps (Haglund’s deformity) can be reduced by applying Foot Foundation Gel Sore Protectors to reduce friction and pressure. If required, these can be cut to shape (for example… Read More
Cracked HeelsCracked heels are self-evident and very visible if wearing open backed shoes or if barefoot.Heel cracks are prone to form under conditions where the skin dries out; for example during periods when… Read More
BlistersHeel blisters form when poorly fitting or new footwear rubs on the heel.Fluid collects under the skin protecting the underlying tissue from further damage and allows healing to progress.Prevent… Read More
Bony BumpsBony bumps often form in response to trauma such as dropping a heavy object on the top of your foot. Some people have more prominent bones because they have less fatty tissue. Some forms of arthritis… Read More
Heel PainHeel pain is also known as Plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.Heel PainPlantar fasciitis is a common condition, often caused by a combination of factors such as excessive pronation, standing for long… Read More
Stress FractureStress fractures in the forefoot tend to be very small non-complete fractures of the metatarsal shaft, caused during high impact sports like tennis and cricket, prolonged walking on hard surfaces, or… Read More
Mortons NeuromaMorton’s neuroma is a trapped nerve that often affects the third and fourth toes and leads to a sharp stabbing pain between the metatarsals and numbness around that area. This condition is common in… Read More
Ball of foot pain (Metatarsalgia)Metatarsalgia is the general term used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The ball of the foot has a fat-pad to provide cushioning against shock. As we age, this cushion… Read More
Clawed toesClawed toes may be caused by a number of factors:poor foot function leading to an over-pull of tendons causing the toes to contract or causing the toes to grab at the ground for stability;genetic… Read More
CallusCallus and corns are both formed in response to excessive friction and pressure. It is the direction of the friction and pressure that determines whether a corn or callus develops. Linear friction is… Read More
CornsCorns are a relatively common problem caused by friction or pressure from tight or poorly fitting shoes.Corns are the skin’s response to circular friction and pressure. They often form over bony… Read More
DIAGNOSE YOUR FOOT PROBLEMS
USING OUR ONLINE TOOL
Unsure of what type of foot product you need to help you? Use our online tool to identify your problem areas and how to correct them with our products.
FIND A PODIATRIST
WITH THE AUSTRALIAN PODIATRY ASSOCIATION
Podiatry is a registered profession. Podiatrists are highly trained and regulated nationally to provide the best care for your foot health. They are trained to diagnose and treat all ailments of the lower leg/foot. Podiatrists are able to perform some surgical procedures and use local anesthetics.
GOOD SHOE GUIDE
PICKING A SHOE THAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR FEET
Characteristics of a good shoe include:
• The back of the shoe should be firm to support the heel and foot.
• The sole should be firm under the arch.
• There should be a flexible sole at the ball of the foot.
• Allow at least 1cm between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe. Make sure the toe cap is high enough to fit your big toe.
• The front of the shoe should be deep and wide, and similar to the shape of your foot.
• Leather is preferable because it breaths.
• Laces, buckles and straps (ie some form of fastening) prevent the foot slipping and reduce the chance of falling.
• A lower heel height puts less strain on your forefoot and back.
• A cushioned sole will be more comfortable
Check your foot ware for signs of wear and tear. If the sole of the shoe is wearing unevenly or is becoming too thin, then you should either replace the shoes or have them repaired.