We are passionate about Podiatry and our excellent service and successful treatment plans resulted in great level of patient satisfaction. These patients had endorsed this fact by continuously referring family members and friends to our clinics.
Our feet are the pivotal support system of our body and especially in motion carry all of our weight. Like wheels to a car, our feet are our only contact to the ground. Feet that are not supported effectively through the younger ages, especially in active sports; may cause prolonged health issues affecting knees, hip joints, ankles and the back.
Comfort Feet Podiatry Group specialises in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Our team of podiatrists and pedorthists here at Comfort Feet are passionate about helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes for their foot health. With experience in all fields of Podiatry, come in and visit one of our team members today and discover solutions to healthy feet via our ComfiTech Assessment. Your feet will love you for it.
We are very proud to be Melbourne’s destination Sports Podiatry practice. Our team of sports podiatrists are specialists in treating soft tissue injuries, sporting injuries and mechanical conditions of the foot and lower limb through a State of The Art ComfiTech® 3D Biomechanics System which allows us to accurate diagnose and manage sports-related injuries.
Whether you are a professional athlete or one who enjoys the occasional sports, our Sports Podiatrists provide you with the same committed service. Kathryn (an enthusiastic netball player) and Mitch (an ardent basketball player, standing tall at 6ft 5in) are active sportspeople and they truly understand how much pain and discomfort sports injuries can render on a person and hinder one’s performance and mobility. Supporting the dynamic duo in delivering excellent podiatry services is Dylan Marshall, who is a Biomechanics & Exercise Specialist. Armed with the relevant qualification and experience, they are the perfect team to manage Comfort Feet Podiatry Group’s ActiveforLife® Philosophy.
Can be defined as the sensation of discomfort in the foot arising from disorders or injury to any of the structures in the foot including bones, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, or connective tissue. The foot is an extremely complex anatomic structure made up of 26 bones and 33 joints along with 19 muscles and 107 ligaments. Causes of foot pain originating in the foot include broken bones or other injury to ligaments, tendons or soft tissue, calcaneal spurs, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and infections.
It is usually caused by inflammation in the tendon of the calf muscle, where it attaches to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis causes pain and stiffness at the back of the leg, near the heel. Achilles tendonitis can be caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon, overly tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons, a sudden increase in the intensity of activities or the type of shoes worn to run, or wearing high heels at work and then switching to a lower-heeled workout shoe.
A bunion is a bony enlargement of the big toe joint (medically called the first metatarsophalangeal joint). Bunions form slowly over the years because of stress or injury to the foot. They are frequently from wearing shoes that are too tight. Poorly fitting shoes can alter foot motion and put pressure on the foot and toes. Bunions can also be due to inherited foot deformities or neuromuscular conditions. Arthritis may also destroy the cartilage layer in the toe joint and promote bunion formation.
Fungal Toenail Infection
Onychomycosis, also called tinea unguium, is a fungal infection that affects either the fingernails or toenails. A fungal nail infection occurs from the overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, so this type of environment can cause them to naturally overpopulate. The same fungi that cause jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm can cause nail infections.
A Wart is typically a small growth that appears on a person’s feet and looks like a solid blister or a small cauliflower. They may also appear on other parts of the body. Warts have a rough texture and are caused by viruses, particularly one of several kinds of HPV (human papillomavirus). The virus causes keratin, which is a hard protein on the top layer of the skin, to grow too fast.
A callus (or callosity) is a toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation. Rubbing that is too frequent or forceful will cause blisters rather than allow calluses to form. Since repeated contact is required, calluses are most often found on feet because of frequent walking. Calluses can lead to other problems, such as skin ulceration or infection.
Chilblains (CHILL-blayns) are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to repeated exposure to cold but not freezing air. Also known as pernio, chilblains can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on your hands and feet.
Also called pes planus or fallen arches, is a postural superiority in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
An ingrown toenail, also known as onychocryptosis or unguis incarnatus, is a painful condition of the toe. It occurs when a sharp corner or edge of the toenail digs into the skin at the end of or side of the toe. Pain and inflammation at the spot where the nail curls into the skin occurs first. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the large (great) toes.
It is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed).
The term pigeon-toed (medically known as in-toeing) is used to describe a person who points their toes inward while standing or walking. Pigeon toe is most common in infants and toddlers. In most cases the patient outgrows the condition before reaching adulthood.
A hammer toe is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. This deformity most often affects the second or third toe. Although a hammer toe may be present at birth, it usually develops over time due to wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as tight, pointed heels, or arthritis. In most cases, a hammer toe condition is treatable.
The Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) — GP services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions, including patients with these conditions who require multidisciplinary, team-based care from a GP and at least two other health or care providers.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer. Some conditions relevant for Podiatric care includes diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions.
There is no list of eligible conditions; however, the CDM items are designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.
Whether a patient is eligible for CDM services is a clinical judgement for the GP, taking into account the patient’s medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.