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The first step to feeling better starts with the right Podiatry treatment.

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 who have over 10 years of experience 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 has a strong focus on understanding clients clinical and lifestyle needs to develop a comprehensive, effective 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.

Our Podiatry services include:

  • General Foot Care
  • Sports Injury
  • 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
  • Children’s Foot Care

What are shin splints?

The term shin splints is often used to describe generalised pain through the lower leg.

There are usually three pathological processes:

  1. Bone Stress – Bone Strain à Stress Reaction à Stress Fracture
  2. Inflammation – Develops at the insertion of muscles, particularly tibialis posterior, tibialis anterior and soleus, and fascia to the borders of the tibia.
  3. Intracompartment Pressure – The lower leg has a number of muscle compartments each enveloped by a thick inelastic fascia. As a result of overuse/inflammation, muscle compartments may become swollen and painful.

What are some of the causes?

Excessive rolling in of the feet, Rigid high arched foot (Poor shock absorption), Muscle imbalance, Poor conditioning for level of activity, Training errors and Incorrect, Inadequate or worn-out footwear


Activity modification, Ice, Anti-inflammatory medication, Foot Strapping, Footwear review/recommendation, Orthotics, Stretching/strengthening exercises and Physiotherapy

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
  • Persistent calf tears
  • Conditions of the knee and hip.

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.

Benefits of custom orthotics are:

  • Support feet and legs whenever weight-bearing to increase confidence and sports performance
  • Improve chronic and acute sports injuries
  • Improve weight distribution and posture
  • Optimise shoe fit and comfort and absorb shock
  • Alter abnormal foot functioning position to correct many common foot ailments or prevent them from getting worse
  • Help your child’s foot grow in the more neutral or anatomically aligned position.
  • Eliminates low back pain from leg length inequalities.
  • Improve balance

Our team also understands that there is more than looking at just your feet and we consider all potential variables that could be affecting your condition. If there are variables we cannot address directly we know when and who to involve in your overall treatment plan. Working alongside similar minded allied health professionals allows us to streamline this referral process to make sure you are taken care of with the highest of patient care in mind.

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is an inflammation and/or overstretching of the posterior tibial tendon in the foot.  An important function of the posterior tibial tendon is to support the arch in the foot.  In PTTD the tendons ability to perform this function is impaired and this can often result in flattening of the foot.

The posterior tibial tendon is a fibrous cord that extends from the posterior tibialis muscle in the leg.  It descends the leg and runs along the inside of the ankle, down the side of the foot, and into the arch.  This tendon serves as one of the major supporting structures of the foot and helps the foot to function while walking.

PTTD is often called “adult-acquired flatfoot” because it is the most common type of flatfoot developed during adulthood.  Although the condition typically occurs in only one foot, some people may develop it in both feet.  PTTD is usually progressive, which means it will keep getting worse – especially if isn’t treated early.

What are the symptoms of PTTD?

Diffuse swelling, tenderness, warmth and pain at the medial (inside) aspect of the ankle and along the course of the tendon, into the medial proximal calf region.  Patients will notice a progressive collapse of the longitudinal arch, and walking on the inside of the affected foot.

Causes of PTTD?

Trauma, Poor foot biomechanics (excessive pronation), Inflammatory Disorders, Degenerative tendon disease, Infection, Anatomical Variations (abnormal insertion point of the tendon) and Poor Footwear

How is PTTD Managed?

Taping/Orthotic Therapy/Brace, Activity Modification, Anti-Inflammatory Modifications, Strengthening and Stretching program, Footwear changes and Surgery (If in late stages)

A 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.

What are the causes of Morton’s neuroma?

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.

What are the Symptoms?

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.

What is the treatment for Morton’s neuroma?

Conservative management includes icing, massage, foot taping, padding, stretching, foot strengthening, adequate footwear, footwear modification (if required) and accommodative or function foot orthoses.

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

If conservative treatment fails, then surgery may be indicated.

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 becomes tighter causing excessive forces through the growth plate. Forcible and repeated contraction of the calf muscle can injure the growth plate causing pain.


  • 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


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


Rest, Activity Modification, Icing, Foot tapping, Padding, Heel Raises, Soft tissue treatment, Calf and Achilles Stretching and Strengthening, Physiotherapy and Orthotic Therapy

What is the Plantar Fascia?

The plantar fascia is thick conservative tissue that supports the arch of the foot.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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.

What are heel spurs?

Heel spurs are boney growth that occur as a result of the traction of the plantar fascia attaching to the plantar heel; although they look painful there is no direct relationship to heel pain.  Most commonly it is plantar fasciitis which is the cause of the pain.

What are the common symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Onset of pain is usually gradual, appearing for no apparent reason and without 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.

What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?

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

Involves a combination of:

Rest, Ice/heat, Massage, Stretching, Foot/Calf strengthening, Padding, Foot tapping, Adequate Footwear, Orthotic therapy and Physiotherapy

Meet Sports & Spinal Podiatrist

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Tim Boyle


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 conditions of the toenails and skin.  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 a number of senior and junior athletes from a range of different sports, including 2 years treating both the Brisbane Roar and Brisbane Roar youth teams.

Tim is a sports enthusiast himself having been involved in a number of 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


Aleks has 15 years’ 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 Podiatry appointments at our Robina & Broadbeach locations.

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Ainslee O'Connell


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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Dylan McDonald


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

Whilst 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 which has formed part of his continuing clinical expertise.

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

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

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

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Blake Withers


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 profession of podiatry. He continually expands his knowledge and skills to keep up to date with the latest science behind lower limb conditions and injuries.

Blake enjoys all aspects of podiatric care but holds a special interest in sports and biomechanical podiatry (including paediatric patients). The most important thing for Blake is helping his patients achieve their goals.

In his spare time, Blake enjoys the outdoors and many sports including Rugby League, surfing, running and CrossFit.

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

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Gabriel Bogatko


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 all things 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 reaching their goals and is able to provide preventative solutions.
Gabi enjoys a challenge and is always looking to further her knowledge in order to provide the highest quality of podiatric care and treatment options available.

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

Gabi is available at our Caloundra and Sippy Downs clinic.

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Nicholas Roth


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.

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Luke Rogers


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 a number of years with the Queensland Podiatry Board and was appointed as President in 2017, proving 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 all areas of podiatry and enjoys all aspects from mechanical assessment and sports injuries to ingrown nails and plantar warts Luke just
likes fixing feet problems. In addition to his Bachelor of Science (Podiatry) at QUT, Luke also 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.



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Louise Dunn


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 a number of 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 both 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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