Foot pain treatment and relief

Arundel, Gold Coast

Why am I getting foot pain?

Foot pain can be severally debilitating and restrict an active lifestyle. Whether it is arch pain, ball of foot pain, heel pain or ankle pain, you want to know why it is there and how to stop it.

At Hip To Toe Structural Podiatry and Physiotherapy Clinic on the Gold Coast we have been treating the underlying cause of these pains for many years.

Call 07 5571 7329 to see if our structural podiatrist or physiotherapist can help you.

Why Do I Have Arch Pain?

If you have arch pain, it is important to look at more than just the height of the arches. Our podiatrists and physiotherapists identify which joints are misaligned and causing your arch pain. Our podiatry and physiotherapy treatments combined with podiatry  and physiotherapy exercises are focused on realigning the joints to get you back to activities pain free. While orthotics are often used to treat arch pain, our podiatry and physiotherapy treatments realign the joints internally rather than relying on external supports.

Your Gold Coast Podiatrist and Physiotherapists at Hip To Toe can identify which joints are misaligned and get you back on the road to recovery.

Why Do I Have Ball Of Foot Pain?
​Pain in the ball of the foot can be from metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuromas, nerve impingement or entrapment and they are usually the result of alignment issues.
What Is Metatarsalgia?

​Metatarsalgia means pain in the ball of the foot and could be from:

  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Arthritis
  • Loss of the fat pad
  • Uneven weight distribution
What Is A Morton’s Neuroma?

​A Morton’s neuroma is a compression of the nerve that runs between the toes, resulting in inflammation of that nerve. The symptoms are often described as pain or numbness in the ball of the foot or the toes. It might feel like you are walking on a pebble or a bunched up sock.

If your Morton’s neuroma is from a compression of the nerve caused by misaligned joints then your podiatrist can identify which joints are misaligned and aim to realign those joints to reduce the compression.


What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis develops when the joints are wearing unevenly. This wears down the cartilage between the bones and can result in pain. Misaligned joints cause arthritic change due to the uneven wear and tear. While our podiatry treatment can not reverse arthritis we aim to prevent it getting worse and realign the joints to allow smoother movement.

What Is Fat Pad Loss?
​The fat pad underneath the ball of the foot is designed to provide a cushion between the bones and the ground. It can wear unevenly if the joints are misaligned. Body weight becomes unevenly distributed which can result in pain, burning, numbness, or tingling.
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Why Do I Have Ankle Pain?

There are a number of ligaments which hold the ankle in place. Ligaments connect and hold bones to other bones. It is because there are so many ligaments holding the ankle in place that it is a strong stable structure. However, when the ankle is misaligned, sometimes following a twist or a fall, the ligaments are placed under an incredible amount of strain which causes microscopic tears.

​If these tears are not addressed it can lead to destabilisation and pain in the ankle.

​Your podiatrist can use x-rays to identify where the joints are out of position and come up with a podiatry treatment plan to move the joints into a better position.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Do?

We work to get people out of pain, out of orthotics and keep them away from surgery.

We realign subluxed joints in the foot and lower limb with a system known as MME (Mobilisations, Manipulations and Exercises).

The Mobilisations and Manipulations (which are called adjustments) are done in clinic by your structural practitioner. The corrective exercises are done by the client at home.

How Many Adjustments Will I Need?

Every client is different and everyone will respond differently to treatment.

Some clients come to me after being in pain for 50 years, while other clients come after being in pain for only a couple of weeks.

 These are just a few of the many factors that will influence how you respond to treatment:

  • the amount of time you have been in pain
  • the different treatments you have tried
  • the nature of your work
  • the sports you participate in
  • your home and family life

How Long Before The Pain Stops?

Some clients are pain-free within a few adjustments and for other clients it is a gradual improvement over time.

Clients that get the best results are those who do all of their corrective exercises as prescribed.

By doing your prescribed exercises you will give your body the best chance to heal, which will reduce the pain.

Do I Have To Keep Doing Adjustments After The Pain Stops?

Pain is the body’s way of indicating something is wrong. Pain usually comes after damage has been occurring for a long time.

Rather than only treating pain, it makes more sense to ensure the joints are always the best they can be so that you can participate in your activities without pain.

It is the same as going to your dentist for a check-up or taking your car to a mechanic for a service. It is always better to do maintenance.

After I have realigned the joints I work out a maintenance pathway to ensure you are able to carry on with your activities to the best of your abilities and pain free.

Do You Treat Everyone The Same?

Everyone is different. They have different problems, symptoms, and subluxations.

Each client is treated individually. They are given different adjustments, and their exercise program is specifically tailored for them.

By carrying out a treatment regime of MME (Mobilisation, Manipulation, and Exercises) we are able to realign the joints in the feet and lower limb, which in time can reduce the symptoms.

Why Has No One Told Me This Before?

This is probably the question I get asked most frequently.

There are a number of reasons why no one has told you this before. Depending on who you see, will determine the information you receive.

Most practitioners treat the pain people come in with rather than looking for the underlying cause. So if you go to a practitioner seeking relief from your knee pain or hip pain then they will usually investigate the knee or hip, without looking at the feet.

GPs know about a vast number of things, but they cannot specialise in all of them. GPs do not understand the structure of the lower limb in the way that a structural podiatrist does. However, GP’s usually refer their patients to other practitioners who can help them.

By visiting a practitioner who understands the need to look for the root cause of the problem you give yourself the best chance of success.

Can You Treat Me Even At My Age?

I treat all ages from 5 to 85. However, the way I treat a 5 year old is very different to the way I treat an 85 year old.

Can I Get Freedom From Orthotics?

Many of my clients come to me after they have been fitted for orthotics that do not work.

By treating the cause of the problems, and realigning the joints in the feet, it is possible to get people out of orthotics completely.

Why Don’t You Use Orthotics?

An orthotic is an external device.

Instead of using an external device to realign the feet, we realign the joints internally through MME (mobilisation, manipulation, and exercises).

My Whole Family Has Bunions, Will I Get Them?

While we do inherit our parents genetics that does not mean we will inherit their bunions.

Bunions are a structural problem caused by the big toe being unable to move up and down properly.

Rather than resigning yourself to the idea that you will get bunions, it makes more sense to get your alignment checked by a structural podiatrist who can realign the joints and get the big toe to function better.

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