SPORTS & SPINAL RUNAWAY BAY

Podiatry

Runaway Bay

Unit 3, 385 Oxley DriveRunaway Bay QLD 4216

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Sports and Spinal Podiatrists are highly skilled in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of common foot and lower limb injuries.

If you are suffering from pain or problems with your feet, ankles and lower legs our fully qualified podiatrists at Runaway Bay are dedicated to working with you to address your goals, relieve pain, regain mobility and effectively treat your foot problems.

Our podiatrists at Runaway Bay are focused on understanding clients’ clinical and lifestyle needs to develop a comprehensive, practical and individualised treatment plan. With an emphasis on patient education, the client is empowered to develop self-management strategies that are targeted towards maximising the benefit of treatment over the long term.

Whether you are looking to prevent an ongoing injury, restore function or improve mobility, or general podiatry treatment, Sports & Spinal’s podiatrist can offer you the best advice and treatment to get you back to your full potential.

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Our Podiatry services include:

General Foot Care, Sports Injuries, Running Injuries, Foot and Lower Limb Injuries, Heel Pain/Heel spurs, Footwear Advice, Video Gait Analysis, Running/Sports Orthotics, Work and Casual Orthotics, Paediatric Conditions, Diabetic Foot Care, Ingrown Toenail Management, Warts/Verrucas, Diabetic Care and Children’s Foot Care.

Runaway Bay Sports & Spinal is NDIS registered and accepts Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment.

The clinic is conveniently located near: Biggera WatersLabradorSouthportParadise PointArundel and Helensvale.

Parking is available onsite.

We believe in understanding the whole picture and background, taking the time to work through this and develop a full understanding is of the highest priority.

Your appointment will include:

  • A discovery phase includes history taking, understanding expectations, goals, current level of understanding, barriers and desired outcomes
  • Hands-on assessment and diagnosis
  • Functional assessment – depending on the presenting condition, biomechanical assessment involves thorough sport or activity specific testing and evaluation
  • Treatment
  • An improvement plan mapped out to get you to where you need to be

The plantar fascia is situated under the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. It attaches to both the heel and the toes.  During movement, the central part plays an important functional role by helping the arch lift during propulsion. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of plantar heel pain and 1 in 10 people may experience it in their lifetime.

A positive is that 90% of patients suffering from plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated without surgical intervention. At Sports and Spinal Podiatry, our approach is to work with you to create the best environment for reducing plantar heel pain levels and improving your quality of life as quickly as possible. It is common to start seeing reductions in discomfort levels within the first 2-3 weeks of treatment with our Podiatrists. It is also common to be able to reduce overall pain levels to a very manageable level over a 3-to-6-month period. In some cases, even sooner.

We conduct a thorough screening during your initial consultation, so we are able to give you and your GP valuable information about your foot health status. This screening also allows us to appropriately educate you about looking after your feet and overall health.

More specifically our diabetic foot assessments include:

A Vascular Study:

We use both a Doppler Study and an Ankle Brachial Index test to give you valuable information in regard to the risk of Peripheral Vascular Disease.

By combining information from both tests gives us vital information to give an accurate account of your vascular status with the ability to track this species over time.

Dermatological Observation:

Checking for obvious signs of deterioration and high-risk areas. Recommendations to address these areas are made directly to you (e.g. diabetic friendly footwear, soft pressure offloading orthoses) including setting regular podiatry treatments as required to maintain their feet.

Peripheral Nerve Testing:

Conducted using a monofilament and tuning fork. This allows us to detect any early signs of peripheral nerve deterioration and set a baseline for future assessments. If current or future deterioration is detected, then we pass this information onto your GP for possible further investigation into diabetic status.

Musculoskeletal & Physical Activity Assessment:

We are identifying any potential physical weaknesses and then educating you about how to improve these. This may include giving strength and conditioning exercises that not only help prevent stubborn overuse injuries but also help promote blood flow to the peripherals. An overall discussion about how regular exercise is important for helping regulate blood sugar and overall health is usually incorporated into this assessment.

Footwear Assessment:

Make sure your current footwear is not placing you at risk from complications from friction or pressure. Appropriate recommendations are made about which footwear is best for casual, work and exercise wear. The correct footwear can also make a difference in helping prevent overuse injuries, especially for those beginning an exercise regime to help lose weight.

For those who have diabetes, it is essential to have regular visits with a Podiatrist, to ensure mobility and prevention of long term foot complications.

Sever’s disease is an acute injury to the growth plate at the back of the heel which is most common in young athletes. It is most common between the ages of 10-12.

In children, there is a growth plate located where the Achilles tendon inserts into the heel bone. During periods of rapid growth, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon become tighter causing excessive forces through the growth plate. Forcible and repeated contraction of the calf muscle can injure the growth plate causing pain.

Symptoms:

  • Pain where the Achilles inserts into the heel pain
  • Pain increases during exercise
  • Tender through the back of the heel and may be some localised swelling

Causes:

  • Tightness/Weakness through the calf complex
  • Foot biomechanics
  • Overtraining
  • Playing sport on hard surfaces
  • Inadequate footwear

Treatment may include:

  • Rest
  • Activity Modification
  • Icing
  • Foot Tapping
  • Padding
  • Heel Raises
  • Soft Tissue Treatment
  • Calf/Achilles Stretching and Strengthening
  • Physiotherapy
  • Orthotic Therapy

Morton’s Neuroma is typically described as a compression of the nerve that runs in between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals.  Due to compression, this can cause scar tissue to form and an enlargement of the intermetatarsal nerve. A Morton’s Neuroma usually occurs in an unstable foot type and/or wearing tight-fitting footwear for extended periods of time.

An unstable foot type has the effect of causing instability in the forefoot, this instability increases the movement of the 3rd and 4th metatarsal and as a result, causes the irritation and impingement of the nerve.

Wearing tight-fitting footwear causes a squeezing effect through the forefoot and therefore impingement of the nerve through compression forces.

The pain is generalised through the ball of the foot and can be described as a shooting/burning pain, which worsens while weight-bearing and wearing tight-fitting footwear.  Pain may radiate through the 3rd and 4th toes.  Pins and needles or sharp shooting pain may be experienced when the forefoot is squeezed together and pressure is applied to the foot.

Treatment May Include: 

Conservative Management Includes Icing, Massage, Foot Taping, Padding, Stretching, Foot Strengthening, Adequate Footwear, Footwear Modification or Function Foot Orthoses.

Injections of local anesthetic or cortisone may also be used by Sports Physicians to help relieve painful symptoms.

Our Podiatrists are equipped with the right tools and equipment to be able to take great care of your feet. We attend to Ingrown Nails, Curved Nails, Thicken Nails, Hard Nails, Fungal Infections, Cracked Heals, Callus/Corns, Plantar Warts, Bunions and more.

We offer a full range of foot care services to meet and exceed all of your foot health needs.

Ingrown toenails are toe nails that tend to grow inwards and dig into the flesh of the toe, causing redness, swelling and even infection when left untreated.

Ingrown toenails can be caused by incorrectly cutting toenail techniques and incorrect footwear.

Your podiatrist may have to perform a  partial toenail avulsion procedure, it is a safe and effective treatment that is performed by an experienced podiatrist under local anaesthesia. The aim of the procedure is to remove enough of the nail, generally without the toe being cut or stitched. Followed by the application of a chemical that prevents that small part of the nail from regrowing. Your toe will then be carefully dressed to assist with the healing and protect the surgery site from any infection.

Follow up appointments will be made with our Podiatrist until fully healed, however, the pain will ease within a few days.

Orthotics, more correctly termed here as Foot Orthoses, are shoe inserts that are placed into your footwear to assist rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries. These can be either non-custom or custom foot orthoses and both can play an important role in treatment depending on the condition, the amount of support that is required and the time frame you have been suffering from the condition.

Custom foot orthoses are prescribed from your specific biomechanical measurements and exact dimensions of your feet to assist in an overall treatment plan to alleviate long-standing foot, ankle, knee, and hip pain.

They are often best used alongside physical therapy to aid in deloading injured soft tissue structures so that they are better able to heal and recover. It is important to understand however they are not a magical cure, nor do they train your arches to set them higher despite some misleading information you may come across. Used as part of an overall treatment plan they can be a very valuable addition to getting you back to pain-free movement.

Custom foot orthoses may assist in helping treat the following conditions:

Plantar fasciitis/Heel Spur Syndrome, Achilles Tendinopathy, Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction, Peroneal Muscle Tendinopathies, Midfoot Arthritis, Painful Bunions, Big Toe Joint Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Morton’s Neuroma, Intermetatarsal Bursitis, Metatarsalgia, Diabetic Ulcers, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Shin Splints, Sever’s Disease and Persistent Calf Tears

At Sports & Spinal Podiatry we have the latest & highest quality foot orthoses technology. We take pride in ensuring your customised foot orthoses are designed and made to the highest quality using the latest materials & most accurate methods; such as 3D laser scanning technology and computer-aided design and manufacturing.

What is a Shockwave?
A shockwave is essentially a PRESSURE DISTURBANCE that propagates rapidly through a MEDIUM.

What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, safe and effective treatment in which a device is used to pass acoustic shockwaves through the skin to the affected area. It aims to improve pain, function, and quality of life in conjunction with other treatments.

Common conditions we treat with Shockwave?

  • Plantar Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Shin Splints/Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Patella Tendinopathy
  • And More

How does it work?
It is trying to take affected soft tissue from a more chronic state to an acute state. Doing so provides a stimulus to a ‘stalled’ repair sequence.
The full details of how it does this are yet to be identified, but some of the effects are related to:

  • Mechanical Stimulation
  • Increased Local Blood Flow
  • Increase In Cellular Activity
  • Transient Analgesic Effect On Afferent Nerves
  • Break Down Calcific Deposits (primarily, but not exclusively in tendon)

When will you see the results?
This varies between individuals, but it is not uncommon to start feeling a reduction in pain levels after your first session. The benefit of a reduction in pain last for months. The actual tissue repair effects also continue in the months following. This combined with addressing all contributing factors, will ensure maximum positive outcomes.

How many sessions are required?
Most clinical research has used between 3 to 5 sessions, but up to 8 sessions may be needed in more stubborn cases.
The time between sessions is 4 to 7 days – Ideally no longer than two weeks.

Is it claimable on Private Health?
We use these codes to split the following charges to help you get a maximum rebate back if you have private health for Podiatry. Please check if you are unsure if you are covered.

Codes 014 or 012 – Standard consultation
Code 145 – Electrophysical Therapy

Session costs
Initial consultation (30min) – $145
Follow-up consultations (20/30min) – $115/$145

Is Shockwave Therapy all I need to do?
It is a beneficial adjunct to treatment, but it should not be used as a sole treatment. Working with your Podiatrist or Physiotherapist to address ALL the contributing factors is VITAL for overall success with your rehabilitation.

Why EMS Doloclast Shockwave Therapy?
Bench studies demonstrate that the DolorClast® Radial Shock Waves delivers up to 200% more energy density than competing devices at frequencies of 15 Hz and above and maximum pressure. This means three times more energy for better treatment outcomes.

Where?
Sports & Spinal Sippy Downs
9 Ochre Way, Sippy Downs
Phone: (07) 5322 5644

Who?
Our Podiatrists at Sports & Spinal are experienced in treating the musculoskeletal condition of the feet and lower limbs. Through working alongside other allied health professionals, we are trained in looking at the whole picture and using the appropriate treatment modalities to help get you back to full function and beyond.

services & FACILITIES

  • On-Site Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Gym & Pilates Equipment
  • NDIS Registered
  • Medicare Rebates
  • HICAPS Health Fund Claims

OUR TEAM

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Vicky Wu

Podiatrist

Vicky completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Podiatry with Distinction at the Queensland University of Technology. She strives to take an individualised and holistic approach with her Podiatry practices and has always been passionate about forming meaningful connections with others.

Her main interest within Podiatry lies in general podiatry treatment, diabetic foot assessment, conservative and surgical ingrown toenail treatment. During Vicky’s studies, she was recognised for two university academic awards including the Philip R. Perlman Prize for achieving the year’s highest result in the Radiographic Image Interpretation unit and the Executive Dean’s Commendation for a semester grade-point average of 6.5.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time reading non-fiction books and exercising. She also finds it enriching to explore new food, places and activities.

Vicky is available for podiatry services at our Runaway Bay clinic.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

I had a remedial massage by Kim whilst holidaying at Broadbeach. I was treated professionally from the time of booking to the time of walking out the door after the best massage I have ever had. Kim also gave me tips on how to manage my issues. If I lived on the Gold Coast -I would without a doubt be one of her loyal clients.Unfortunately I don't -but I would definitely highly recommend Kim and this practice.Thank you again for looking after me.Kind regardsMargaret D
I’ve had a really great experience at Raw Therapies. I saw Scott and feel he genuinely cares about my lower back issues. He’s now on a mission to help me overcome my pain issues and really is going above and beyond to assist me. My experience at Raw Therapies has been much more helpful than other physios or chiropractors I've seen in the past and would strongly recommend to anyone.
I had an initial appointment with physio Marina for sciatic pain, she was wonderful, figured out the cause of my pain, created a management plan for me, gave me treatment and answered all of my questions. Very efficient but I didn’t feel rushed, and she was very personable and easy to talk to. I also found the front desk staff friendly and booking process easy. Would highly recommend!
Thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy massage with Adrian this week. Professional and knowledgeable. Best pregnancy massage I’ve had yet. The whole team were friendly from the moment I walked in the door! Thank You.
I have been seeing Adrian for my massage for the last 2 years. He is simply incredible. Not only does he work so well with understanding my body and its needs. He also has the most gentle healing energy that leaves me feeling like I’m floating through air afterwards. I’m so grateful to have found Adrian and would recommend him as a 10/10
This was my first visit here. I saw Alex, I highly recommend him as he has a lovely demeanor and makes you feel comfortable immediately.He educated me and the treatment he provided has had results only hours after.I will be back.Kim Ford
I have been visiting this clinic for a few years now and have never been disappointed, always accomodating and happy to help. The care and service by Nick and Marina is exceptional and I always leave feeling brand new!
I have been brilliantly treated for over 2 years by Adrian the best ever Masseur.Simply The Best, Better Than All The Rest,Better Than Anyone, Better Than Anyone my Body has ever met.Seriously as a mature age person, with some difficult medical & physical issues, having had Massages once a week even, for many years, Ado is so Caring, Experienced, Knowledgeable, In Tune with my Body & Mind's, needs & wants, & devotes himself to ensuring one gets the BEST Treatment ever, everytime. Thanks Adrian, you keep me going. B
Hands down the best therapist on the Gold Coast. I’ve been going to Adrian every week for 3 years. He understands the body in a way that will ruin you for other therapists.
Thanks to Alex I felt positive about everything he recommended me to do to improve my lower back.The results where due to my age better than I expected!.I’d recommend Alex to anyone who have lower back problems, because mine is on the mend.
This place is fantastic. Have only had 2 sessions with Anna but noticed such a big improvement after just the first. So glad I can across this place, I won’t got anywhere else for remedial massage.
Excellent massage with Adrian today. It was up there with the best ive ever had.
Nick and his team are fantastic.More than just effective treatment, they also guide you through your injury journey to recovery and maintenance.Definitely recommend 100%
The RAW team are hands down one of the most Impressive Physiologists on the GoldCoast & couldn't be more appreciative of the service that they provide,Highly Recommended 10/10
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This year the theme is “Close the Care Gap’ which is all about acknowledging how the allied health community can work together to provide holistic cancer care 🙌

The Sports & Spinal team can assist with cancer care and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team work together to provide the highest level of care. Whether it be our Physios, Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists or Dietitians – the Sports & Spinal team are here to help.

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This year the theme is “Close the Care Gap’ which is all about acknowledging how the allied health community can work together to provide holistic cancer care 🙌

The Sports & Spinal team can assist with cancer care and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team work together to provide the highest level of care. Whether it be our Physios, Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists or Dietitians – the Sports & Spinal team are here to help.
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We are thrilled to introduce you to our new physiotherapist Linda Bennetts!

Linda brings almost 50 years of experience to the Woolloongabba team, having run Body Perceptions Physiotherapy & Lifestyle Centre in Brisbane CBD.

We cannot wait to see the wealth of knowledge and experience that Linda will bring to the Woolloongabba team and community 🙌
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