Podiatry @ Sports & Spinal

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Podiatrists are health professionals trained to deal exclusively with the foot and lower limb. The feet are a very complex part of the body, and allow you to perform vital functions and activities, so they should not be neglected. If you have pain or problems with your feet, a Podiatrist is the best health professional to assist you.
Our fully qualified Podiatrists are dedicated to providing you with the best possible level of care.

Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms, working with you to address your goals, relieve pain, regain mobility and effectively treat your foot problems.
Podiatry @ Sports & Spinal focuses 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.

Our Podiatry services include:

General Foot Care, Sports Injuries, Foot and Lower Limb Injuries, Heel Pain, 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.

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. A full hour is most likely utilised to achieve this. Involving:

  • A discovery phase including 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 

Sports injuries often involve muscle, bone, tendons and soft tissue of the foot and lower limbs.

Typical sporting injuries include:

  • Achilles Tedonothapy
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Pain

Treatment may include: 

  • Ultrasound
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Strapping/Taping
  • Biomechanical Assessment
  • Footwear Perscription
  • Orthoses

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

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.

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.

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.

Podiatry @ Sports and Spinal can treat general foot care.

General foot care involves:

  • Ingrown Nails
  • Curved Nails
  • Thicken Nails
  • Hard Nails
  • Fungal Infections
  • Cracked Heals,
  • Callus/Corns
  • Plantar Warts
  • Bunions
  • + Much More

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

The plantar fascia is thick conservative tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is where the plantar fascia becomes damaged, inflamed and painful.  The most common site of pain is the posterior portion of the fascia located at the plantar heel.

The onset of pain is usually gradual, appearing for no apparent reason and without a history of trauma.  Pain on weight-bearing is sharp, usually worse first thing in the morning, gradually subsiding, then reoccurring after rest and at the end of the working day.

Common causes include excessive pronation, high rigid arches, hypermobility in the foot and ankle, calf muscle tightness, inadequate footwear for activity and environment and working on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis

Rest, Ice/ Heat, Massage, Stretching, Foot/Calf Strengthening, Padding, Foot Tapping, Adequate Footwear, Orthotic Therapy and Physiotherapy.

Diabetes is a disorder that affects the entire body – including having severe consequences for the feet.

Foot complications include:

  • Callus
  • Ulceration
  • Deformity
  • Infection
  • Possible Amputation
  • Damage to the nerves in the feet
  • Damage to the blood vessels in the lower limb

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.
If there are any concerns, your Podiatrist will implement an individualised treatment plan.

Meet the Podiatrist at Sports & Spinal

Scroll through the list and click the faces to find out more information about our team.

Tim Boyle

Running, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Tim graduated from the Queensland University of Technology as a Podiatrist in 2006. He has gained valuable experience over the last eight years working in a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic. Within this setting, Tim had the pleasure of working alongside medical & allied health professionals, including Sports Doctors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists.

Tim enjoys a broad scope of podiatry, including sports injuries of the lower limb, biomechanical assessments, gait analysis, orthotic therapy, footwear assessments and recommendations, diabetic foot assessments, and treatment of toenails and skin conditions.  Tim is particularly passionate about running biomechanics and footwear advice/prescription, a special interest that commenced through his strong interest in athletics and involvement in the footwear industry.

Over the years, Tim has treated several senior and junior athletes from various sports, including 2 years treating both the Brisbane Roar and Brisbane Roar youth teams.

Tim is a sports enthusiast himself, having been involved in several sports from a young age competing at a state level in Athletics and Basketball.

“I see that working in a strong multi-disciplinary team ensure the best treatment and outcome for my patients.”

Tim is available for Podiatry appointments at our Maroochydore and Coolum locations.

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Aleks Baruksopulo

Running, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Aleks has 15 years of experience as a Podiatrist with over 30,000 patient consultations. He has a special interest in sports and running injuries, including recently authoring a book called The Runner’s Foot Guide – Feet, Shoes, Myths & Tips. He is a podiatry managing partner at Sports & Spinal with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry. Aleks is skilled in Sports Podiatry, Running Analysis,  Biomechanics, Running shoe recommendations and Treatment of foot and lower limb conditions. He has both a bachelor degree in Podiatry (QUT) and Biomedical Science (UQ).

Aleks is available for ONLY RUNNING, SPORTS & EXERCISE Podiatry appointments at our Robina & Broadbeach locations.

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Ainslee O'Connell

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Ainslee graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) and has been working in private practice since.

Ainslee completed her honours research in the biomechanical field with her paper ‘The effect of dynamic movement tasks on the restrictive properties of rigid strapping tape’, being presented at the 2019 Australian Podiatry Conference. With a passion for all things lower limb, Ainslee has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions, biomechanics, injury prevention and footwear prescription/advice. Outside of Podiatry, Ainslee is a keen netballer and enjoys all things sport related.

Ainslee is available for Podiatry appointments at Buderim, Sippy Downs and Kawana.

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Blake Withers

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Blake graduated with a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of Newcastle. He has always held a deep interest in health, fitness, and the human body leading him towards his chosen podiatry profession.

Blake Withers is a highly skilled Podiatrist with a diverse and broad training background. Passionate about sports medicine, movement screening, exercise prescription & rehabilitation, Blake thrives in working with people with complex and difficult lower limb cases. He is heavily involved in the sporting and musculoskeletal environment, including:

  • Being chosen to present for Sports Medicine Australia on running-related injuries. This involves providing education and webinars to clinicians and athletes worldwide.
  • Currently completing post-graduate research in running-related injuries looking at strategies to identify and rehab injures runners.
  • Collecting data for his own research on pain, foot type, and footwear. The goal of this research is to be published in the British Journal of sports medicine.

In addition to his private practice work, Blake currently competes in half iron Man, marathons, and Olympic distance triathlons. His goal is to work to a podium finish in which he finds he is more able to relate to the mental battle his patients go through with injury and performance. His passion lies in people with pain and identifying ways to improve their resilience and performance.

Blake is also currently a published author in the Journal of medicine and sport. His recent systematic review explores the social, physical, and psychological outcomes associated with park run participation.

‘I believe that an evidence-based approach to any condition and person is important. Many contributing factors must be addressed to reach an individual’s pain and performance goals’.

Blake is available for Podiatry appointments at our Maroochydore and Nambour locations.

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Dylan McDonald

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Dylan graduated from the Queensland University of Technology as a Podiatrist, following earlier studies in Exercise and Nutrition Science (Hons.). He continually expands on his knowledge and skills to keep up-to-date with the developing science behind lower limb conditions and injuries.

Dylan has a special interest in sports and biomechanical podiatry (including paediatric patients); he has experience treating all aspects of general lower limb and foot care. Dylan utilises biomechanical assessments, gait/movement analysis, orthotic therapy, footwear assessment and recommendations, dry needling and general/diabetic screenings to get the best outcomes for his clients. He has a unique skillset in foot mobilisation and manipulation, forming part of his continuing clinical expertise.

He has a unique skillset in foot mobilisation and manipulation, forming part of his continuing clinical expertise.

Dylan has been involved in numerous sports as a junior athlete, particularly in AFL. He has previously held roles as a strength and conditioning coach and sports trainer (current) with the Queensland Junior Talent programs. Dylan enjoys travelling, live music, and working on his handicap out on the golf course in his spare time.

Special Interest:  Running Gait Analysis, Footwear Recommendations, Strengthening, Exercise Prescriptions and General Foot Health.

Dylan is available for Podiatry appointments at our St Lucia, Woolloongabba, North Lakes and Springfield locations.

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Thomas Abraham

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Podiatrist – Areas Treated: Foot, Ankle, Knee, Toenail Care

Tom completed a Bachelor of Podiatry with the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Since leaving university, he has gained interest and extensive experience in podiatric sporting injuries, biomechanics, chronic lower limb pain, paediatrics and neurological conditions while always looking to learn more. Tom has a special interest in diabetic care and education which he is currently undertaking further study in. His treatment is always provided according to the most recent research and aims to provide each patient with the best possible care that he can. Tom employs several treatment modalities according to each individual patient and their goals including hands-on soft tissue work, dry needling, taping/strapping, exercise prescription and education to name a few.

During school and university, Tom spent some time working with running footwear, specifically ASICS and has been actively involved in playing soccer, tennis and completed athletics up to a state level on multiple occasions. Tom is a keen traveller spending a year in Europe and some time in Nepal volunteering and completing the Everest base camp trek. Tom also enjoys snowboarding when he can.

Tom is available for Podiatry appointments at our Chermside, North Lakes and Redcliffe locations.

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Luke Rogers

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Luke is an experienced podiatrist who has been operating in private practice for over 14 years, with 2 years of rural experience with Queensland Health. Luke volunteered for several years with the Queensland Podiatry Board and was appointed president in 2017, providing insight and experience at an industry body level. This combination of experience and study has led him to gain a strong reputation as a caring and trustworthy practitioner.
Luke has comprehensive experience in podiatry and enjoys all aspects, from mechanical assessment and sports injuries to ingrown nails and plantar warts. Luke likes fixing feet problems. In addition to his Bachelor of Science (Podiatry) at QUT, Luke also has a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, which talks to his interest in sport-related injury management and prevention. Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Luke has an inherent love for sports, camping and the outdoors. He is a keen golfer and enjoys helping to coach his children’s soccer teams.

Luke is available for Podiatry appointments at our Kawana, Caloundra, Baringa and Buderim clinic.

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel Bogatko

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Gabi is experienced in all facets of Podiatry, including musculoskeletal conditions of the feet and legs, video gait analysis, biomechanical assessment, paediatric foot/leg assessment, lower limb acupuncture/ dry needling and orthotic therapy. In addition to Bachelors of Podiatry, Gabi also holds a Diploma in Football Medicine through the FIFA Medical Network, which has created an excellent platform to connect with world-leading experts internationally.

Gabi has a good knack for building relationships with paediatric patients having great outcomes treating rheumatological, musculoskeletal, inflammatory disorders and juvenile arthritis.
With extensive knowledge working with the top running shoe brands and passionate about shoe technology and advances in footwear, Gabi is well across finding the fit for your foot.

Gabi has a strong interest in sport-related and is interested in incorporating this into her professional career. She enjoys meeting new athletes and helping them to be active participants in their own health and well-being. She understands the frustration of injury hampering runners from reaching their goals and can provide preventative solutions.
Gabi enjoys a challenge and is always looking to further her knowledge to provide the highest quality of podiatric care and treatment options.

With a great passion for improving mobility and patient goals, whether in the sporting field or day to day mobility, she is proficient and passionate about all aspects of her profession. She looks forward to greeting you with a smile in the clinic.

Gabi is available at our Caloundra, Coolum and Sippy Downs clinic.

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Nicholas Roth

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Nicholas graduated from QUT in 2015. Nicholas previously worked in Far North Queensland and on the Sunshine Coast; he relocated to the Gold Coast in 2021 with his wonderful wife and daughter. Nicholas enjoys all things outdoors, and his favourite sport is soccer, where he has played interstate and overseas. On the weekends, he loves fishing, camping and visiting the beautiful beaches all along the Coast. Nicholas has a particular interest in Sports Biomechanics, Paediatric Podiatry and complex caseloads. He is kind and passionate about helping his patients achieve their goals and using the motto “prevention is better than cure” to get there.

Nicholas is available for Podiatry appointments at our Robina and Broadbeach clinics.

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Louise Dunn

Podiatrist

Louise Dunn gained her Bachelor of Science (podiatry) degree at the University of Brighton in the UK. She previously worked in the NHS, focusing on Diabetes/wound management and rehab care for several years. Louise emigrated with her family to Australia in 2003 and has continued with her work in the private sector, providing a range of treatments from general foot care to orthotic therapy, nail surgery, footwear advice and children’s feet. Louise does clinical work and home visits in the local community, treating private patients, DVA, EPC and Transition Care.

Louise is available for Podiatry appointments at our Chermside location

Louise is available for Podiatry home visit appointments around North Lakes

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