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General Foot Pain

Posted on December 01, 2016 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

General foot pain, aching or fatigue after standing or walking during normal day-to-day activity can be due to a wide range of problems.  As Kiwi’s we are an active nation and foot pain or discomfort is common.

The cause of foot pain could be from muscular overuse, poor circulation or disruption of normal nerve function, poor biomechanics/posture, footwear, or from standing for long periods on poor working surfaces.

Footlogics provide a first “step” in pain relieve.  Low cost and often enough to provide comfort and support for people who are on their feet all day.

Footlogics don’t replace a diagnosis and treatment plan from a registered health professional, but we do help 1000’s of Kiwi’s with general foot pain who just need some good cushioning and support.

We often refer people to see a Podiatrist is their foot pain is not resolved using our Footlogics.  Foot Mechanics Podiatry have clinics covering most of New Zealand and are a good place to go if you need diagnosis and further help with your foot pain.

Foot pain caused by muscle overuse, fatigue and poor shock absorption can often be easily relieved with comfortable, well-fitting footwear and the Footlogics Comfort orthotic. 

Footlogics orthotics can help relieve symptoms of aching feet and legs.

Footlogics support the structures of the foot to encourage optimal function and even pressure distribution under your feet.

If pain or discomfort persists we recommend a visit to a podiatrist or medical professional.

General foot pain standing all day on feet

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Why Your Feet Hurt at the End of a Busy Day.

Posted on August 17, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

The foot is a sophisticated structure made of 26 bones forming two crossing arches of the foot. These bones are basically kept in place by their fit with each other and they are linked by ligaments, a fibrous tissue. There is also a lot of muscles internal and external, networking the foot and fat pads to help absorb impact.The foot in general is a complex mechanism!


To come to a general conclusion as to why your feet hurt at the end of a busy day would be a futile exercise. It would depend on various factors like what one does through during the day, whether standing or sitting is involved most of the time, is there any related medical condition etc. When, how and where the pain occurs could be clues to what may be causing the pain and why! Pain is an indicator that something could be wrong with the interaction of the internal structure or how the foot is reacting to external effects. It is important to know that biomechanical changes may prevent normal movement and can cause further injury.


A general cause could be the result of biomechanical problems that occur when a person walks and is very active on their feet. As the feet stretch out during the day as you walk, the fascia (a tough tissue that along with muscles lends secondary support to the foot)at the bottom of the foot can become stretched, leading to some pain. One other common cause could be plantar warts, a virus that precisely infects the superficial layer of skin. The virus would have to be treated locally at the site of infection. Treatment for these conditions consists of medication, orthotic devices, stretching exercises or possible surgery, but then again it would be at the discretion of your physician.


One way of avoiding pain in the feet is to use footwear that suit your feet. Shoes can make your feet comfortable but won't correct problems. The most popular brand or the most expensive pair of shoes is not necessarily the best for your feet. You could buy shoes for specific activities. However, getting yourself a good pair of walking shoes that you are comfortable in would be the best option. Women’s dress shoes with high heels could definitely be avoided. Then again, you have activity specific shoes- you should not run a marathon in your tennis shoes nor should play long hours of tennis in your running shoes

Tips for healthy feet:

  • Always keep your feet clean and dry
  • Keep your toe nails trim and tidy
  • Examine your feet regularly for tell-tale problems
  • Avoid sharing your footwear
  • Protect your feet in public conveniences
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are comfortable
  • Use and orthotic to improve your shoe fit and change your connection with the ground
  • If your feet hurt continually, see a podiatrist

So, if the “end of the day pain” is a regular affair, it would be in your best interest to consult your doctor or a podiatrist.

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Achilles Tendonitis Warning Signs!

Posted on February 12, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

Achilles tendonitis is an injury that occurs when your Achilles tendon (the large band of tissues connecting the muscles in the back of your lower leg to your heel bone) becomes irritated and inflamed. The signs of Achilles tendonitis often manifest slowly and gradually. You'll feel pain and stiffness in your Achilles, especially the moment you first get out of bed or after you cool down from exercising. Achilles pain usually lessens as you get warm, and may even disappear altogether as you continue exercising. The pain returns and may feel even worse once you stop exercising and cool down. When you stretch your Achilles tendon, you may feel a “crackling” or “creaking” sensation in the tendon.


Achilles tendinitis is caused from tiny tears in the tendon which occur during exercise when you place a large amount of stress on your Achilles tendon too quickly. Achilles tendonitis is frequently a result of overtraining, or doing too much too soon. Excessive up-hill running can contribute to it. Flattening of the arch of your foot (excess pronation) can place you at increased risk of developing Achilles tendonitis because of the extra stress placed on your Achilles tendon when the foot is in this position while walking or running.


If you're just beginning with your exercise, make sure to stretch after running and also - start slowly! Increase your running or walking distance by no more than ten percent per week. Strengthen your calf muscles with exercises such as toe raises will also help to prevent Achilles problems. Add low-impact cross-training activities, for example, cycling and swimming, into your training program.


When you first notice the pain, use the R.I.C.E method of treatment. Although rest is a key part of treating tendonitis, prolonged lack of exercise can cause further stiffness in your Achilles tendon. Move the injured Achilles by moving your ankle joint through its full range of motion and perform gentle calf and ankle stretches to preserve flexibility.


If self-care doesn't work, it's important to get the injury treated because if the tendon continues to sustain small tears through activity, it may rupture completely. Your health professional may recommend seeing a Podiatrist and/or a Physical Therapist. A temporary foot insert which elevates your heel and addresses flattened arches may relieve strain on the tendon.

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Hammertoe: A painful deformity!

Posted on January 31, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

Hammertoe is a painful deformity where your toes flex abnormally. Hammertoe can develop on all of the toes, but typically affects the center three and, most often the second toe.


When unusual stresses are applied over a period of years, the joints and tendons of your toes cease to function in a balanced manner and in an effort to compensate; your toes can begin to bend into the hammertoe shape.


Causes of hammertoe can include:
1. Pressing into a too-small or ill-fitting shoe or wearing high heels that jam your toes into a tight toe box.
2. An injury such as badly stubbing your toe.
3. Arthritis.
4. Nerve and muscle damage from diseases such as diabetes.


The most obvious sign of hammertoes are bent toes, however other symptoms may include:
1. Pain and stiffness during movement of the toe.
2. Painful corns on the tops of the toe or toes from rubbing against the top of the shoe's toe box.
3. Painful calluses on the bottoms of the toe or toes.
4. Pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
5. Redness and swelling at the joints.


Prevention is better than cure!
As long as Hammertoes aren’t causing pain or changes in you’re walking or running gait, they probably aren’t harmful and doesn't require treatment.


When to see a Podiatrist?
The Hammertoe condition is almost always irreversible, but often its progression can be reduced or suspended. You should visit a Podiatrist if your toes become painful and you have difficulty walking.

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Metatarsalgia – a large word which means pain in the ball-of-your-foot!

Posted on December 28, 2013 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

If you have pain in the ball-of-your-foot the first thing you should do is get a diagnosis and establish the cause of the pain.  Sometimes this may be improper fitting footwear, if so changing the footwear will be the solution.  Sometimes the pain is due to pressure on the ball-of-the-foot, if so simple orthotics such as Footlogics can be enough to alleviate pain and discomfort. Footlogics and many other over-the-counter orthotics feature a metatarsal pad which helps to redistribute weight from the painful area under the ball-of-the-foot.

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