Most podiatry and physiotherapy clinics use orthotics when they see structural issues. An orthotic is designed to hold the foot in a better position. When the foot is in the right position then the muscles, ligaments and tissues are able to work more efficiently.

However, there are a number of drawbacks to orthotics:

1. They only work when you are wearing them
2. You only wear them if they are comfortable
3. They limit your footwear
4. Your muscles and tissues become reliant on an orthotic device making your feet weaker over time

Therefore, at Hip to Toe your podiatrist and physiotherapist uses a podiatry treatment that gets the foot to function better without having to rely on an orthotic for the rest of your life.

Let our highly trained podiatrists and physiotherapists give you an alternative to orthotics, surgery and pain killers with a unique podiatry and physiotherapy treatments that has helped thousands of people on the Gold Coast.


Imagine walking barefoot on the beautiful Gold Coast beaches, buying any shoes, wearing any shoes, getting out of bed and not having to put shoes on. These are achievable goals, and your podiatrist and physiotherapist is ready to help you achieve them.

Many of our clients have reported they now:

  • walk further, faster and for longer;
  • play with the grandkids without pain;
  • keep up with their team mates;
  • and enjoy their work and home life without worrying about pain.

What is your pain stopping you doing?

Do you want to walk on the beach, or train for a marathon, or climb Everest?

Our Gold Coast Podiatrists and Physiotherapist have helped thousands of clients achieve these goals without orthotics by moving the feet and legs into better, stronger positions internally rather than relying on external orthotic supports.

Have a think about the goals you want to achieve, write them down and bring them with you to your initial consultation. We will tailor your podiatry and physiotherapy treatments to help you achieve your goals.


Certainly! Orthotics can be extremely useful in certain circumstances and we prescribe them when necessary. ​However, there are many situations where they are not needed and not helpful so we would rather use an alternative podiatry or physiotherapy treatment to orthotics and address the underlying issues.

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Podiatry Questions GC

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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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