Entries by Craig Payne

Ingrown Toenail or Onychophosis?

Ingrown toenails are probably not as common as you think. The most common cause of pain down the side of a toenail is a condition called onychophosis which many people mistake for an ingrown toenail. A true ingrown toenail is when a sharp edge or piece of the nail penetrates the skin to become “ingrown”. […]

What does Tutankhamun and Joseph Goebbels have in common?

Tutankhamun was the 13th pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom of Egypt who lived over 3300 years ago and Joseph Goebbels was a Nazi politician in Germany and the chief propagandist for the Nazi Party, becoming Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to 1945. They both allegedly had a clubfoot. A clubfoot […]

What is the best running shoe?

There is no such thing as the best running shoes. You will see all over social media recommendations from people as to what is the best running shoes. It usually turns out that this is the running shoe that they are wearing. Just because that running shoe works for them does not mean it will […]

The Brutality of Chinese Foot Binding

An ancient practice in China was to bind the foot of young girls to stop them growing. They were tightly bound and it was painful. In that culture at the time a smaller foot was considered more erotic and a higher price could be demanded by the brides family prior to marriage if the feet […]

Obesity and the Feet

Obesity has become a significant risk factor for so many medical conditions that is becoming much more common. A few years ago it was estimated that 67% of the Australian population over the age of 18 were either overweight or in the obese category. This has major public health implications. The risk for so many […]

“Coverload”

We are now a year into this pandemic. What a year it has been! One thing that has changed for a lot of people is our exercise habits. Due to the various stages of lockdowns, some people have started exercising more and some have started exercising less. This has led to some interesting outcomes with […]

Back to School Shoes

A new school year is starting soon and so is that tradition of getting the new school shoes for the year. As the feet of children are still growing, they are malleable which means that getting the fit of shoes wrong can result the potential of affecting the normal development of the foot and lead […]

What causes burning feet?

Burning feet is a common issue that we get asked about and it is often hard to get to the bottom of and difficult to deal with as it will often not be apparent what is causing the symptoms. The burning feet syndrome is frequently characterised by the sensation of burning and a heavy feeling […]

Do circulation boosters really work?

Short version: no Long version: no, they don’t. There are several brands of the so-called ‘circulation boosters’ on the market that make cautious claims about boosting the circulation. The claims are made with caution as there is no evidence that they actually do. You often see them being promoted on the morning TV shows, in […]

The Archie MOSI, Craig on the tools

Here is one of the many things that we can do with the Archie arch supporting thongs that so many people like. Craig is demonstrating a MOSI foot orthotic modification that can be made to the thongs. It is a bit on the technical side as it is designed for podiatrists to watch, but hopefully […]