Entries by Craig Payne

What to do about toe jam?

‘Toe Jam‘ is not a medical term and is a lay term for that yucky ‘stuff’ that accumulates between the toes. It is really a collection of things such as sock lint, dead skin cells and sweat that have nowhere to go in the tight cramped spaces between the toes. At the best of times this […]

Why we don’t like the corn removal pads

Corns are a thickening of the skin in response to do much pressure on the area. Corns are relatively easy to remove by careful debridement, they are not so easy to stop coming back. Corns do not have roots that they grow back from; they come back after being removed because the cause of them […]

Foot care for those with dementia

All types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and the most well known is a devastating condition. We certainly see it in many patients that we see drift away slowly and the impact that this has on their loved ones. We sometimes get asked if is foot pain associated with dementia […]

How to protect a bunion in tight fitting footwear?

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. When you have a bunion the advice that podiatrists are going to give you are going to be to make sure that your footwear is of an adequate width in the forefoot so as not to push on the bunion or push the big […]

Do you have an ongoing problem with an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is due to a combination of a curved shape to the nail, poor cutting technique and pressure on the toe from the shoe. Many cases can be managed with conservative care periodically and that combined with good self-care can often take care of it. For some, that is not enough and something […]

What is the difference between a hallux valgus and a bunion?

Sometimes the terms that get used medically, hallux valgus (or hallux abducto valgus) and bunions are used to describe the same thing when they aren’t. A bunion is the enlargement that occurs on the big toe (hallux) joint, or technically the first metatarsophalangeal joint. Hallux valgus is when the big toe angles in a valgus […]

The Effectiveness of the urea based creams

We use a lot of the urea-based creams, specifically the Walker’s brand. We have found it very effective for the dryer skins and the Walker’s comes in two concentrations (15 and 25), so we can choose which is more effective. Urea based creams have been widely used for since the 1940’s to treat dry skin […]

Foot Pain and Menopause

Pain in the foot does have a higher incidence after menopause. This study in a group of women in Spain looked at the foot-related quality of life issues surrounding menopause and found that, yes, there is a poorer quality of life-related to foot pain after menopause. There are a number of physiological changes during the […]

Runners Should Rotate Their Running Shoes

The type of running shoe is a key decision that any runner needs to make. The good (or bad) news is that runners should have at least two pairs of running shoes and rotate them on different days. This study shows that runners who use more than one pair of running shoes are less likely […]

Archies Footwear for Children

Archies Footwear are a thong or flip flop that have an arch support built into them. We are one of the largest Archies stockists in Melbourne and have the full range of sizes and colours. It is exciting that the Archies are now available in children’s sizes. Besides being functional and helpful, they are also […]