Plantar warts (Verruca Plantaris) are skin infections caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cause a hard and often painful thickened lesion on the sole of the foot. The viruses are present everywhere and are spread when they comes in direct contact with the skin where the outer protective layer is broken, either by

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What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and brittle. They fracture more easily than normal bone. Even a minor bump or fall can cause a serious fracture. Half of all women and one-third of men over 60 in Australia will have a fracture due to osteoporosis. What is osteoporosis?

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Sports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand. An injury that happens suddenly, such as a sprained ankle caused by an awkward footfall, is known as an acute injury. Chronic injuries are caused by overusing the same muscle groups

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Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs as a result of the build-up of uric acid in the body and the joint fluid. This accumulation of uric acid typically occurs when the body has difficulty processing certain protein substances called purines that are found naturally in our diets. The actual build-up of uric acid

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Do they complain of foot or leg pain? Do they often ask to be picked up? Do they have instability issues or trip frequently? Do they kick their shoes off before undoing their laces? Does your child walk differently to other kids? Recent research has revealed that certain foot types (flat feet or high arched

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Diabetic foot complications are a major area of special interest for our practice. We have extensive experience and knowledge in this area. Of all of the foot problems our patients can present with, there is little that is more serious to life or limb than a foot complication due to diabetes. How diabetes can affect

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The body protects skin tissues from pressure or friction damage by producing an area of hard skin so, unless the cause of the pressure or friction is found and removed, calluses and corns will continue to form. Over-the-counter treatments, such as corn plasters, can damage the healthy surrounding skin if used incorrectly. Don’t ever attempt

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While typically thought of as a minor nuisance injury, blisters of the feet are among the most common injury suffered by athletes and can lead to more serious injuries. Athletes should choose their footwear and socks carefully. The first defence against friction blisters is proper fitting socks and shoes. Numerous high tech sock choices exist,

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Foot arch pain is a common type of foot pain. Its symptoms include pain when getting up in the morning, and pain during long walks or long periods of standing. The most common cause of arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is Latin for inflammation of the Plantar Fascia – the fibrous band of

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Australia is well known for its abundance of sunshine. Hence, it is perhaps surprising that vitamin D deficiency is a common condition affecting a large proportion of Australians. A recognised consequence of low vitamin D is osteomalacia in adults. It also contributes to osteoporosis, that is fragility fractures, in part through increased risk of falls.

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