Foot care an es­sen­tial fac­tor in over­all health

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

We may not see very much of our dis­tant ap­pendages but when there’s an ache or dis­com­fort our feet cer­tainly come to the fore.

The stubbed toe, ath­lete’s itch or an in­grown toe­nail can have a huge ef­fect on our gen­eral well-be­ing.

Po­di­a­trist Lor­raine McRae (van Dam) says: ‘‘Of­ten peo­ple don’t re­alise that many painful foot prob­lems can eas­ily be re­solved with a visit to a po­di­a­trist. Ig­nor­ing the prob­lem can lead to more se­vere con­se­quences for your foot and your over­all health.’’

Lor­raine has been in pri­vate prac­tice for 42 years, own­ing and op­er­at­ing McRae Po­di­a­try at 184 Grey St, as well as hold­ing a weekly clinic in Feild­ing, and she has re­cently wel­comed fel­low po­di­a­trist Joanne Turner to her team.

Joanne is a se­nior po­di­a­trist with 16 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing grad­u­ated from Southamp­ton Univer­sity with a B.Sci (Hons) Pod. She will be tak­ing over Wed­nes­day clin­ics at Feild­ing as well as work­ing in the Grey Street Clinic.

Lor­raine says that as qual­i­fied po­di­a­trists both Joanne and her­self are ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers in all prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with feet and lower limbs.

‘‘For peo­ple who have prob­lems such as in­grown toe­nails or fun­gal in­fec­tions, skin cal­luses, corns, cracked dry heels or ver­ru­cas, or biome­chan­i­cal is­sues such as over prona­tion or supina­tion of the foot while walk­ing or run­ning, heel or arch pain, bunions or Achilles ten­donitis and gen­er­alised leg, hip and back pain, we are qual­i­fied to di­ag­nose and treat these con­di­tions and if we can’t solve the prob­lem we will re­fer them to their GP or a spe­cial­ist.’’

For biome­chan­i­cal is­sues Lor­raine says they will as­sess the pa­tient’s gait and an­a­lyse their walk­ing style to see what the best so­lu­tion to their prob­lem is. This may in­clude shoe ad­vice, ex­er­cises or or­thotics to go in­side their shoes. Joanne says they work as part of a team with other pro­fes­sion­als such as phys­io­ther­a­pists and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists to get the very best out­come for each of their pa­tients. For peo­ple in a high risk cat­e­gory or who find it phys­i­cally de­mand­ing to at­tend to their own toe­nails, McRae Po­di­a­try of­fers a bud­get price toe­nail cut­ting ser­vice, where WINZ sub­si­dies may be avail­able.

Feild­ing Clinic - SE­NIOR CEN­TRE Bowen Street Feild­ing

Palmer­ston North Clinic – 184 GREY STREET Phone 06 3579622 or pop in to 184 Grey Street.

The team at McRae Po­di­a­try, from left, re­cep­tion­ists Dale and Robyn and po­di­a­trists Lor­raine McRae (van Dam) and Joanne Turner.

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