Werribee Foot Clinic becomes NDIS provider

We are a Proud Supporter of The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Werribee Foot Clinic is pleased to announce that we are a registered provider of Podiatry and foot care services to participants registered with the NDIS that may need Podiatry support. We have over 30 years experience treating all areas related to Podiatry care and other associated conditions; we have worked closely with third parties including Department of Veteran Affairs, TAC, WorkSafe and State Wide Equipment Program (SWEP).

We can accommodate Disability access at all locations our clinic at 235 Heaths Rd Werribee opposite Pacific Werribee.

We are a registered NDIS provider and are able to provide services under the following NDIS categories:

  • CB Daily Living
  • Improved Daily Living Skills
  • Assistive Technologies

We commit to:

  • Keeping you fully informed of the best treatment and support options available to you.
  • Giving you choice and control over the delivery of our services.
  • Working with you to help achieve your goals.
  • Communicate with you openly and honestly.
  • Where possible assist and help you navigate the NDIS and NDIA.

NDIS Assistance offered by Werribee Foot Clinic.

In addition to providing a full range of services we are able to assist participants who have:

  • Difficulty reaching their feet to cut toe nails. We can provide general podiatry care to relieve discomfort and prevent pressure areas developing.
  • Trouble lacing up shoes, by fitting appropriate Medical Grade Footwear (MGF) with simple fastenings to aid in mobility and independence. We also offer customisation to include things such as heel lifts and rocker bottom soles, etc.
  • Problems with putting on everyday footwear, by supplying shoe horns and sock aids for the fitting of socks and hosiery.
  • The supply and fitting of Compression and Medical Grade socks and hosiery for those suffering with poor circulation.
  • Diabetic and arthritic evaluations and neurological and vascular assessments.
  • The fitting and prescription of Custom foot orthotics and various shoe inserts, aids and equipment to assist clients with foot deformities and abnormal gait and walking patterns.

Please call the clinic on 9974 3808 to discuss your needs or book now.

Werribee Foot Clinic sponsors Wyndham Vale Football Club

Werribee Foot Clinic is very proud to be associated with the Wyndham Vale Football Club and has donated 250 drink bottles so each young footballer is well hydrated. Good luck in the season ahead and hope everyone has a great year. The young footballer is most commonly effected by heel pain in the growth plate, a condition called Sever’s Disease. It is most painful with exercise and can cause a limp and a reluctance to weight bear on the heel. A quick fix can be to ice the heel after activity and start stretching the calf muscles. If is does not settle then a visit to your Podiatrist at Werribee Foot Clinic will get you back on track.

Custom Orthosis for Children

Werribee Foot Clinic has prescribed and fitted over 10,000 pairs of Custom orthotics to the Wyndham Community. We conduct a full gait analysis and iQube laser scan of both feet to produce a pair of custom orthotics. It is our experience that custom orthotics fit the foot more accurately, see improved treatment outcomes and fit readily into footwear.

We recognize that during the teenage years children’s feet grow quickly and so can grow out of their custom orthotics in 1-2 years. It is this reason Werribee Foot Clinic offers a reduction in cost for custom orthotics for children under 18 years of age. Most health funds that cover Podiatry offer a rebate every year. This further reduces the out of pocket expenses for custom orthotics at Werribee Foot Clinic. Please feel free to ring our friendly staff who will be able to advise you of the charges and codes relevant to your Health Insurer. Phone 03 9974 3808.

Considering Ingrown Toe Nail Surgery?

If you have been advised or are thinking you may need toe nail surgery then ask the questions to your Podiatrist. How many of these procedures have you done? Is the procedure successful? Is it painful? Do I need time off work? The senior Podiatrists at Werribee Foot Clinic are extremely experienced and have performed over 4000 ingrown toe nail procedures. The procedure being successful is dependent on the experience of the Podiatrist and the presence of infection. Post operative pain varies and may require the use of paracetomol for approximately 12 hours. Most people return to work the next day but will need a shoe such as a boot or runner to accommodate the dressing that is placed on the toe after surgery. Please feel free to make an appointment to see if toe nail surgery is appropriate for you. 03/07/2017

Heel Pain Tuesday 24th November

Heel Pain is one of the most common conditions treated at Werribee Foot Clinic. Our top five tips for the treatment of heel pain are –

1. Icing – daily icing for 10-15 minutes at the end of the day.

2. Stretching/Strengthening – calf stretching with a bent and straight knee for 20 seconds repeated 3 times. Calf raisers 3 x 5.

3. Low dye taping – to support the tendon that attaches to the heel bone.

4. Shock Wave Therapy – 4-6 treatments to promote healing.

5. Dry needling – no side effects that helps initiate the healing process.

Patellofemoral pain, Adolescents and Footwear

I have just read a great article in Asics Medical which discusses the role of footwear, orthosis and strength and conditioning to treat patellofemoral pain in adolescence. This is pain around the knee cap. Essentially it states footwear and orthotic prescription should be based on an individuals biomechanics and foot posture. Consider consulting with our Podiatrists if you have pain in the knee cap or would like to help prevent this with correct shoe selection. The following is the conclusion from the article.

So what should you do to prevent PFPS? (Patellofemoral pain syndrome)

‘It seems from the available evidence that to try and prevent PFPS, particularly in females, a good strength and conditioning program that targets the hip, knee and ankle musculature is needed, potentially augmented with foot orthotics and knee taping. Proper running retraining that avoids excessive hip adduction and knee valgus may also be helpful, and clinicians should also consider which footwear types may be the most suitable. In particular, although the link between footwear and PFPS clinical symptoms is still unclear, biomechanical studies suggest a high supportive shoe (which will also likely possess a higher pitch, or heel to toe height) may increase the compressive forces around the knee. However, it’s important to remember that the flip side is that ankle and Achilles tendon forces are reduced in these types of footwear. So as always, shoe prescription for common lower limb injuries needs to be considered on an individual basis.’

References

1. Blond L, Hansen L. Patellofemoral pain syndrome in athletes: a 5.7-year retrospective follow-up study of 250 athletes. Acta orthopaedica Belgica. 1998;64(4):393-400.

2. Fairbank JC, Pynsent PB, van Poortvliet JA, Phillips H. Mechanical factors in the incidence of knee pain in adolescents and young adults. The Journal of bone and joint surgery British volume. 1984;66(5):685-93

3. Crossley, K. M., et al. (2016). 2016 Patellofemoral pain consensus statement from the 4th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Manchester. Part 2: recommended physical interventions (exercise, taping, bracing, foot orthoses and combined interventions). Br J Sports Med.

4. Noehren, B., et al. (2011). The effect of real-time gait retraining on hip kinematics, pain and function in subjects with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Br J Sports Med 45(9): 691-696.

5. Bonacci J, Vicenzino B, Spratford W, Collins P. Take your shoes off to reduce patellofemoral joint stress during running. British journal of sports medicine. 2014;48(6):425-8.

6. Sinclair J. Effects of barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear on knee and ankle loading during running. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon). 2014;29(4):395-9.

7. Barton, C. J., et al. (2011). Effects of prefabricated foot orthoses on pain and function in individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome: a cohort study. Phys Ther Sport 12(2): 70-75.

8. Almonroeder, T. G., L. C. Benson, et al. (2015). Changes in patellofemoral joint stress during running with the application of a prefabricated orthotic. Int J Sports Phys Ther 10(7): 967-975

Mountain Bike Orthotics

While we have been using Solestar custom orthosis for all cycling shoes for the past three years we have now introduced a Mountain Bike specific range of orthotics that offer the control of a custom orthotic with the cushion that is required for mountain biking. We stock a full range of sizes. Check out www.solestar.com for more information. When attending for a fitting of cylcing specific orthotics we ask you to bring along your cylcing shoes so can assess your cleet position and make any adjustments required. Philip Spark

Dual Density Orthotics Tuesday

In conjunction with our Orthotic Laboratory we are very excited to be using a new blend of soft orthotic materials that add comfort, extend the life of the orthotic and reduce bulk so it can be fitted in to more shoes.

Advantages

Soft orthotic

Extend life of your orthotic

Reduced bulk

Please contact the clinic for an appointment to discuss if this new material is suitable to your needs.

Dry Needling Tuesday

Dry needling has been available at our clinic for some time. Lynette Kent, Ashley Wevling and Philip Spark have now completed their advanced course in Dry Needling of the foot and leg for such problems as Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel pain Mortons neuroma and inter metatarsal bursitis. Dry needling has some parallels with acupuncture and uses fine needles to target painful regions of the foot and leg. Most people report a small sting that quickly subsides resulting in a painless treatment. Our Podiatrists can discuss your suitability for treatment at your next appointment.

Returning to Running or Walking?

Thinking of starting a running or walking program? It would be well worth having your feet and shoes assessed by our Podiatirst Matthew Fieldsend. Matthew had 7 years experience in the Athletic Foot wear industry before studying Podiatry. His exposure to elite running coaching, participation in triathalons and VFL football gives him the insite and knowledge to advise you on the correct choices for your feet.