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Orthotics @ Sports & Spinal

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.

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.

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Meet The Podiatry Team

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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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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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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:

  • Currently completing post-graduate research in running-related injuries looking at strategies to identify and rehab injured 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 awaiting publication 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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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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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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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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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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