WHAT SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR IN MY KIDS FEET?

Think about this: our feet help us get from A to B from the day we started walking to when we are elderly.

So, it makes sense to make sure that we look after them from a very early age, doesn’t it?

Children’s feet are the foundation for us to be able to keep walking and moving and it is incredibly important to support the feet at a young age to allow them to continue to support us throughout our lives!

Parents have so many things to keep an eye on with their kids, but often the feet are overlooked until there is a problem.

We’ve come up with a few things that you can look for to keep your little one’s feet in tip top shape!
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WHY AM I SEEING A PODIATRIST IF I HAVE DIABETES?

It’s a statement we hear all too often as podiatrists when a patient presents with a history of diabetes:

“My GP told me that I have diabetes and that I need to start seeing a podiatrist, but I don’t understand why”.

It is estimated that approximately 5% of the Australian population has been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and unfortunately that number seems to be rising.

Diabetes is associated with other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and has a number of risk factors including genetics, diet, a sedentary lifestyle and many more.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST VISIT TO A PODIATRIST?

So what can you expect from your first visit to a podiatrist at Watsonia Podiatry?

When you arrive for your first visit with our Podiatrists at our clinic you will be greeted by our amazing and friendly admin team and will be asked to fill out a new client registration.

This will give your podiatrist all the information they need to know before we see you. Most importantly it will grants us your consent for us to treat you.

This will include your basics contact details, medical history, ‘what you would like us to help you with today?’ and a consent form.
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Believe it or knot, there are different ways to tie your shoelaces!

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin                                             

You know it’s going to be a great blog when it starts with a pun! But onto a serious note, many people don’t know that there are other ways to tie shoelaces, rather than just the standard method we are all taught as kids. Shoelaces are responsible for fixation which keeps our feet nice and snug in our shoes and are an integral feature of a good shoe. There are many reasons as to why people may need to lace their shoes different. These include wide feet, narrow feet, common deformities such as bunions and hammer toes, and different sized feet.

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Is your idea of a perfect shoe actually perfect for you?

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

With the abundance of footwear brands and styles available on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to pick a shoe that is going to be comfortable enough to last the distance! Often, we compromise on comfort in order to have the most stylish shoe available, however this can sometimes lead to issues such as blisters or corns (which are extremely annoying and often very painful!).
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Rejoice ladies, shoes and orthotics can be a match made in heaven!

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

Finding shoes for women to accommodate orthotics can be an extremely difficult task, unless you know where to look. There are many footwear brands that are both stylish and orthotic friendly, so there’s no need to compromise on comfort or style! As most orthotics are customised specifically for each individual foot, it’s important to take them with you whenever looking for shoes to ensure they fit correctly and provide you with appropriate support and of course, comfort. We’ve done the research for you and found our top 3 picks for orthotic friendly footwear brands.

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Cutting toenails – pretty straightforward, right?

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

Most people believe that cutting toenails is pretty easy, right? You might be surprised to hear that a large portion of the patients that a podiatrist typically sees are patients presenting with toenail issues. These issues can range from fungal nails, ingrown nails or that the patient is simply not able to reach down to their feet to cut their nails themselves. Most of us believe that cutting toenails is relatively straightforward, however a common presentation to podiatry clinics are nail pathologies that have occurred due to incorrect cutting techniques.

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