A NETBALL GUIDE FOR 2017

WITH THE CLUB NETBALL SEASON JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND THE ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP INTO ITS THIRD ROUND, IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE UP TO DATE AND AWARE OF CURRENT FOOTWEAR TRENDS SURROUNDING THE SPORT.

The 2017 netball season brings all new and improved Asics netball shoes to the market,and can be found at your nearest Athletes Foot or Rebel Sport. But how does footwear make a difference to the player? When it comes to lower limb injures, recent research by Sports Medicine Journal has shown that the most common injury (86%) for netball players affected the ankle.A huge 67% of those being lateral ligament sprains, and a further 10% being fractures to the ankle or foot. Wearing the correct footwear is important in reducing your risks when it comes to playing netball.

What shoe is right for you?

To begin there is 3 different foot types: Neutral, Pronated and Supernated. Finding out which category you fit into can be tricky.The Podiatrists at Blue Mountains Podiatry are highly trained foot professionals that can easily assess and identify what specific foot type you have.

PRONATER
Asics GEL-Netburner 18: The Asics Netburner has been the brands staple and longest selling netball shoe, and for good reason. The Netburner offers fantastic heel and torsional support that comforts and stabilises the heel, ankle and mid-foot while still allowing a good range of pivot movement in the forefoot. This is the shoe for players that have a flat or pronating foot, wear ankle guards or have a history of ankle injuries.

NetburnerGel-super 7:Fairly new to the market is the Netburner super 7. This shoes main aim is to give strong heel and mid foot stability while not compromising on weight and flexibility in the forefoot. The […]

Corns and Calluses Penrith

Corns and Calluses near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide expert and friendly podiatry care for corns and calluses in Penrith and the surrounding communities.About Corns & CallusesCorns A corn is a centralised mass of hard skin which generally occurs around high pressure areas such as under the ball of the foot, between toes or on the side of toes where a shoe may rub. Corns can be very painful and need to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further tissue break down.Can a corn be treated? Yes, at Blue Mountains Podiatry people present to our clinic with corns daily, and in our experienced therapists can easily remove a corn with a sterile blade. The process is pain free and occurs within a couple of minutes. We then examine what is causing the corn in the first place and put together strategies to help stop it returning in the future.Callus A callus is where the skin becomes thickened and hard. Callus will occur at points of high pressure such as under the ball of the foot or under the heel. Poor footwear choices and poor foot mechanics commonly lead to callus build up.Can Calluses be treated? Yes, within minutes a specialised therapist at Blue Mountains Podiatry can remove a callus with a sterile blade, pain free. You will walk out feeling lighter and much more comfortable than when you walked in! We then need to work out what is causing your callus and put together a treatment strategy to prevent it from returning.Don’t let corns and callus prevent you performing the activities you love.Call our practice at Blue Mountains Podiatry for professional care and attention – Choose from 3 locations – Faulconbridge (02 4751-7583), Lithgow (02 6352-5685) and Katoomba (02 4782-6169).

Heel Pain Penrith

Treatment for Heel Pain near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide professional and friendly podiatry care for heel pain near Penrith and surrounding areas.About Heel PainDo you get a stabbing pain in your heel when you first get out of bed in the morning?Do you struggle to place your heel to the ground?Does your pain decrease after walking around for a few minutes?If so, you are not alone! Thousands of people suffer from heel pain every day! At Blue Mountains Podiatry we specialize in diagnosing, managing and treating heel pain and getting you back on your feet, and FAST. The most common type of heel pain is plantarfasciitis (pain under the heel), followed by achilles tendonitis (pain at the back of the heel) and severes disease (growing pain in children). At Blue Mountains Podiatry we specialize in diagnosing, managing and treating heel pain and getting you back on your feet, and FAST.The onset of heel pain may be gradual or sudden and can be contributed to a number of factors including:- Pronated or Rolling feet / ankles (flat feet) – Tight calf muscles – Overuse- Inadequate footwear – Poor biomechanics (the way you walk) – Being overweightHere at Blue Mountains Podiatry, heel pain is one of the most common injuries we see, and our expert therapists have a proven track record in getting the best outcomes for all our patients. A thorough initial examination will identify the precise source of you heel pain, which will be accompanied by the most up to date biomechanical analysis using our state of the art 3d technology to identify any contributing factors to your condition. Our goal is to remove your pain as opposed to providing a band aid, quick […]

Ingrown Toenails Penrith

Ingrown Toenails near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide professional podiatry care for ingrown toenails near Penrith and surrounding communities.About Ingrown ToenailsIngrown toenails can be a very painful condition! They occur when a nail starts to grow into the surrounding skin, often resulting in a small break in the skin which may lead to inflammation and infection. Common causes of ingrown nails are poor nail cutting techniques, tightly fitting shoes and genetic factors.At Blue Mountains Podiatry ingrown nails are the most common nail complaint that we see. With our therapists treating approximately 8-10 ingrown nails per day. We specialize in diagnosing, managing and treating ingrown nails, and offer an array of treatment options to ensure you can resume your normal activities as soon as possible. Without prompt and appropriate management, ingrown nails can lead to chronic pain, inflammation and infection. As such, it is vital to determine all underlying factors contributing to the presentation of your ingrown toenail and get you on the road to recovery. Our unique and comprehensive range of treatment techniques ensures we get the best possible outcomes for all of our patients, with our therapists taking an individualized approach to each patient in order to tailor a management plan that best suits you.Your personalised treatment plan for ingrown nails may include:-          Education on correct nail cutting techniques –          Footwear advice –          Removing a slither of nail which is digging into your skin –          Partial nail avulsion (only done for chronic ingrown nail sufferers)Don’t let ingrown toenails prevent you from enjoying life.Contact the team at Blue Mountains Podiatry for professional treatment and attention – Choose from 3 locations – Faulconbridge (02 4751-7583), Lithgow (02 6352-5685) and Katoomba (02 4782-6169).

Knee Pain Penrith

Care for Knee Pain near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide expert and friendly podiatry care for knee pain near Penrith and the surrounding communities.About Knee PainKnee pain is commonly seen in athletes of all sports but especially in runners, with over 50% of running injuries being knee related. Knees are constantly under an enormous amount of stress. This can lead to weakness; instability and overuse of soft tissue structures surround the knee joint. Poor foot mechanics and inappropriate footwear can be a common cause of knee pain and can lead to conditions such as Patella Femoral Dysfunction, Osteo arthritis, Osgood Shlatters disease and patella maltracking. Here at Blue Mountains Podiatry, knee pain is a condition that we see every day, and our expert therapists have a proven track record in getting the best outcomes for all our patients. A thorough initial examination will identify the precise source of you knee pain, which will be accompanied by the most up to date biomechanical analysis using our state of the art 3d technology to identify any contributing factors to your condition. Our goal is to remove your pain as opposed to providing a band aid, quick fix solution.Treatment options we have available to ensure the best possible outcome include:* Custom made orthotics (arch supports) * Deep connective tissue massage * Dry needling * Footwear advice * Stretching and exercise programsDon’t let knee pain prevent you from living an active and healthy life.Contact the team at Blue Mountains Podiatry for expert care and attention – We are in 3 locations – Faulconbridge (02 4751-7583), Lithgow (02 6352-5685) and Katoomba (02 4782-6169).

Shin Splints Penrith

Care for Shin Splints near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide expert and friendly care for shin splints near Penrith and surrounding communities.About Shin SplintsShin splints is a generic term for the pain felt on the inside, front or outside of your shin bone or tibia. Such pain may result from stress fractures to the bone, increased pressure in the low leg, but most commonly it occurs due to over use of the muscles and tendons that connect in and around the shin bone.Shin pain is most often seen in runners, but can be associated with other sports such as netball, soccer, football, tennis and golf.Shin splints are often related to a sudden increase in the frequency, intensity or duration of physical activity. Too much pronation ‘rolling in’, poor lower limb biomechanics, hard surfaces or poor footwear are also commonly associated with the development of shin pain. Without prompt and appropriate management, shin pain can develop into micro stress fractures in the tibia (shin bone) itself, significantly increasing your time of recovery and delaying a return to the activities you love. As such, it is vital to determine all underlying factors contributing to the presentation of shin splints so we can remove them and get you on the road to recovery.Our unique and comprehensive range of treatment techniques ensures we get the best possible outcomes for all of our patients, with our therapists taking an individualized approach to each patient in order to tailor a management plan that best suits you, as we know a generic treatment formulas will be ineffective in resolving your pain in the long term.Your personalised treatment plan for shin splints may include:- Custom made orthotics (arch supports) – Deep connective tissue […]

Diabetes Penrith

Care for Diabetes near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide professional and friendly care for the assessment and management near Penrith and surrounding communities.About DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic illness that significantly affects the health of over 1 million Australians. Diabetes occurs when insulin is no longer produced in the body or when there is an insufficient amount of insulin. This leads to high blood glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. This can lead to complications with the feet, eyes and internal organs.Blue Mountains Podiatry specializes in the assessment and management of people suffering with diabetes. When you have diabetes you are likely to have reduced blood supply and feeling to the feet, which can lead to complications such as infection, ulceration and in the worst case scenario possible amputation.At Blue Mountains Podiatry every patient with diabetes receives a comprehensive annual diabetic foot assessment to ensure any deterioration in your condition is identified early, significantly reducing the chance of future complications. During this examination we look at and analyse the nerve and blood supply to your feet, providing the most accurate risk assessment for future difficulties with the feet and lower limbs. Our state of the art force plate technology gives us the unique ability to examine and identify any high pressure areas under your feet which may result in further problems. Our expertly trained podiatrists will also perform a number of specialised podiatry tests and walk you step by step through a management plan to help prevent any issues that may arise. We understand that no two bodies are the same and our individualised treatment plans will provide you with all the available options to ensure you reach your treatment goals and minimise the effects of […]

Foot Pain Penrith

Treatment for Foot Pain near PenrithOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide expert podiatry care and treatment for foot pain near Penrith and surrounding communities.About Foot Pain:Do you experience pain or aching in your feet, heels, ankles or the ball of your foot?Do you get pain when you first step out of bed in the morning?Do you have bunions or feet hat are rolling inwards?If so, we can help you!You need to speak to one of our specialist podiatrists to work out what is causing your pain and find out what can be done to fix it. Foot pain can dramatically affect your quality of life and stop you doing the things you love.At Blue Mountains Podiatry we specialize in diagnosing, managing and treating these problems getting you back on your feet as soon as possible.Call the team at Blue Mountains Podiatry for professional treatment and attention – We are in 3 locations – Faulconbridge (02 4751-7583), Lithgow (02 6352-5685) and Katoomba (02 4782-6169). 

Corns and Calluses Katoomba

Corns and Calluses near KatoombaOur team at Blue Mountains Podiatry provide expert and friendly podiatry care for corns and calluses in Katoomba and the surrounding communities.About Corns & CallusesCorns A corn is a centralised mass of hard skin which generally occurs around high pressure areas such as under the ball of the foot, between toes or on the side of toes where a shoe may rub. Corns can be very painful and need to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further tissue break down.Can a corn be treated? Yes, at Blue Mountains Podiatry people present to our clinic with corns daily, and in our experienced therapists can easily remove a corn with a sterile blade. The process is pain free and occurs within a couple of minutes. We then examine what is causing the corn in the first place and put together strategies to help stop it returning in the future.Callus A callus is where the skin becomes thickened and hard. Callus will occur at points of high pressure such as under the ball of the foot or under the heel. Poor footwear choices and poor foot mechanics commonly lead to callus build up.Can Calluses be treated? Yes, within minutes a specialised therapist at Blue Mountains Podiatry can remove a callus with a sterile blade, pain free. You will walk out feeling lighter and much more comfortable than when you walked in! We then need to work out what is causing your callus and put together a treatment strategy to prevent it from returning.Don’t let corns and callus prevent you performing the activities you love.Contact our office at Blue Mountains Podiatry for professional care and attention – We are in 3 locations – Faulconbridge (02 4751-7583), Lithgow (02 6352-5685) and Katoomba (02 4782-6169).

Flat Feet Penrith

Care for Flat Feet near PenrithOur practice provides care for sufferers of flat feet to the Penrith communities as well as to surrounding suburbs.About Flat FeetHave you got flat feet?Flat feet is generally a term describing ‘fallen arches.’ Most of the time this is genetic in nature but sometimes it can be an acquired condition due to an injury or dysfunction in the foot. ‘Rolling in’ or pronation is often associated with flat feet.A certain amount of pronation is normal and is necessary for shock absorption of the body. However, too much pronation for too long will stop the foot from propelling the body forward smoothly and efficiently.At Blue Mountains Podiatry flat feet is a condition that encounter on a daily basis, which is not surprising given 7 in every 10 people pronate to some degree. Flat feet alters the biomechanics of the lower limbs, resulting in strain through soft tissue structures, postural dysfunction and inefficient walking patterns. It can often be a major contributing factor in the injury or overuse of soft tissue in the feet and legs. This can cause heel pain, arch pain, shin pain, knee and ankle pain. The nature of flat feet can also lead to pain in the hips and low back. Our expert therapists have a proven track record in assessing and managing patients with flat feet and the related conditions flat feet can cause.At Blue Mountains Podiatry we use customised orthotics or ‘arch supports’ to help support and stabilise the arch of a flat foot. Our orthotics are made using the latest force plate and 3d scanning technology so you get the best support during activity when you need it the most. We provide an orthotic […]