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February 2016              (07) 3846 4800             2B, 90 Vulture Street, WEST END 4101
The team at Performance Podiatry and Physiotherapy present a February update!
Earlier this month we were treated to a pretty intense session at Perform 360 with co-founder Jason Clark.  Perform 360 is not your average gym.  Perform 360 is Brisbane’s leading functional performance facility. Based in Stafford, on Brisbane’s north-side the facility offers a range of activities including Personal Training, Small Group Training, Group Classes, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics and Yoga. The team is led by Jason Clark & Brent Coglan whom together have over 30 years combined experience in the Health & Fitness Industry.  Check them out at http://perform-360.com.au/.  Ciaran is still a bit wobbly on his legs, but it was a great experience!

We’re pleased to announce that Ben will be back in the clinic every Tuesday from March onwards.  He will no longer offer the Saturday clinic, but will offer extended hours (through to 7pm) on a Tuesday.
And finally, the 5th edition of Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine textbook was released this month.  This is widely considered to be the sports medicine bible to anyone working in sports medicine.  Kent is honoured to provide a very small contribution to this book on forefoot pain.  The authors have a done a great job on the update and everyone is busy reading the new book when we can.
 
CORNS AND CALLUSES
What is it?
Corns and calluses develop from excessive pressure on the skin.

How does it happen?
They may develop on areas that experience compression from the shoe or from increased weight-bearing on soft tissue prominences.

How does it feel?
Pain is associated with weight-bearing, and particularly increased in tight shoes or shoes which provide very little cushioning from the hard ground.  The pain can be a ‘burning’ feeling; however, if localised, the pain can be quite sharp due to the increased pressure on the nerve supply.

What should you do?
Depending on the amount and thickness of the skin, one could use a pumice stone and rub the affected area with stone whilst in the bath.  Moisturisers for the skin are also important.  The professional treatment of corns and calluses is debridement of the excess skin and this can be done by a podiatrist.

What shouldn’t you do?
You should try and avoid cutting or pulling the skin off yourself as this can cause problems to the healthy tissue.  Corn pads from the pharmacy are not recommended, as they can also cause problems to healthy skin.

Could there be any long-term effects?
The area of dead skin may build up and a blister or ulcer may form underneath the skin.  Some people can develop infections underneath the thick/deep callus or corns.  This usually creates a lot of pain until the pressure is released.

Management
Podiatrists within the sports medicine centre can help with debridement of the excess skin and can offer footwear advice.  If the area is quite prominent, the podiatrist may be able to fit felt padding on the foot or in the shoe to reduce the excessive pressure.
 

Our Archies have continued to rise in popularity due to their comfort, support, and the fact that they look exactly like a regular thong! If you haven't bought yours yet, come down to the clinic and buy a pair for $35. 
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