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Great Ideas for Foot and Lower Leg health

Life is full of opportunities that we want to grab with both hands. However a moments though on how best to protect and look after our feet and lower legs and could pay dividends in the future. Here are many great ideas that just may keep you on your feet .



Running Shoe Tips 

With pre-season sport training ramping up and New Years resolutions being written it’s a good time to start tracking the use of those new Christmas sneakers you got from Santa Claus! It is good to remember that runners only have a relatively limited life of use ranging from 600 to 1000 kilometres depending on brand and style. As runners wear out they can actually put you at an increased risk of injury!  Read More...



Archies Thongs 

Archies Support Orthotic ThongsLooking for a comfortable alternative to barefoot this summer? 

Have you ever found that your feet seem to hurt or ache more in the summer…? Think about it for a second and you’ll realise it’s true. There are a number of reasons for this. Many of us tend to try and kick off the new year with a new found motivation to lose weight and exercise which can often lead to foot and ankle soreness. However a a common thing we see as podiatrists is that people gravitate towards thongs and even barefoot over the summer months and this is one of the worst things you can do for your feet. Read More...



Cricket Blog The days are getting longer, the trees are starting to blossom and the mercury is starting to climb (well, sort of) – this can only mean one thing; the start of the cricket season is upon us. For many of us, this will mean dusting off the cricket bag, hoping you haven’t left any whites in there from last year, and ensuring you have all your gear ready to go for another season. Some of us will pull out last year's shoes and head st Here are a few tips to ensure you have the best footwear to make those hours spent out on the field as comfortable as possible. Cross Trainers Given cricket is involves a lot of time standing in the field and moving laterally, we need to make sure the right shoes are being worn. If you are more of a weekend warrior- type cricketer or a junior whose foot is growing by the day and you aren’t wanting to invest in a cricket specific shoe, then maybe a cross trainer might be a more versatile shoe. Cross trainers, generally identifiable by their leather upper, are constructed to deal with the stresses of lateral movement. The outer soles are usually more robust and offer greater grip on the court or field with change in direction. Keep an eye out for: Asics Trigger 11 - medial mid foot post, gel cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot, robust outer sole. Asics 540TR - medial mid foot post, gel cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot. More of a general cross trainer. Available in width fittings. Brooks Maximus - medial mid and rear foot posting, Brooks Liberty - neutral cross trainer, Cricket specific shoes New Balance's range of cricket shoes have come along in leaps and bounds in recent times which has lead them to be the official footwear supplier of Cricket Victoria. They also sponsor several international stars such as Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Joe Root and Dale Steyn. Asics are also market leaders when it comes to specialised cricket shoes, offering both entry level options, through to their premium performance models. Both Asics and New Balance offer shoes for both synthetic and turf wickets. SYNTHETIC/HARD WICKET NB 4020v2 - robust outer sole, 12mm HHD. Asics Gel Hardwicket 5 - herringbone outersole, medial mid foot posting to help reduce overpronation. Asics Gel Peake 5 - dimple outer sole, neutral midsole, gel cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot. TURF WICKET Bowling Bowling places tremendous stress through the body, particularly the feet as we come into the delivery stride. Therefore we want to be as stable and supportive as possible when planting our front foot to prevent any foot, ankle and big toe injuries. Full spikes are generally preferred as it provides great grip and stability, particularly in pace bowlers. If you are a pace bowler and have suffered ankle sprains or feel like you need some added ankle support, then a high cut boot might be of benefit to you. NB 4040v3 - medial post to help reduce overpronation, 12mm HHD, full spike. Asics Gel Menace - medial mid foot post, gel cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot, p-guard around the great toe to reinforce and reduce breakdown, velcro around ankle for increased ankle support, full spike. Also available in a high cut. Batting Batsmen generally prefer a lighter, more responsive shoe when at the crease. Having half spikes also allows for easier foot work and agility when running between wickets. Asics Gel ODI – lightweight, fluid ride midsole which provides premium cushioning and feedback, medial mid foot posting and gel cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot NB 10V2 Minimus Cricket – lightweight, 4mm HHD, mesh and leather upper. All Rounder If you're pretty handy with the bat and the ball, then you need to make sure your shoe is going to hold up regardless of your orientation. You might find having your full spikes in for when you're bowling and then changing the back half to plugs when batting to be of most benefit. Asics Gel 220 Not Out - medial mid foot post with trusstic, gel cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot, p-guard around the great toe, relatively light weight, full spike. Asics Gel Gully 5 - light weight, p-guard around the great toe, full spike. More for a batting all rounder or spin bowler. NB 4030v2 - full spike, mesh and leather upper, 12mm HHD. HANDY TIPS: -All cricket spikes can be removed and replaced with rubber plugs, allowing them to be used on synthetic wickets. Just make sure you monitor the plugs as they do wear out over time and will need to be replaced. Having the ability to -If you feel as though you need some added ankle support in the field or find you’re hitting the front of the shoe when bowling, consider lock lacing to prevent slipping inside the shoe. -Changing your socks at the lunch break helps manage moisture and reduces the chance of blistering. If you have any foot or ankle injuries, or are just wanting to make sure you're in the right shoes, feel free to make an appointment at one of our clinics. Good luck for the season.



How To Choose The Right Football Boot 

Are you having trouble fitting your orthotics in your footy boots? With the footy season well and truly in full swing, we often get all types of questions regarding football boots. The Football boots we buy are often chosen because we see our favourite player wearing them. Or sometimes because we like the colour!  Buying a footy boot is an important decision and we need to put this aside and consider some of important functional features. Some important function features include comfort, foot shape, materials, stud configuration and support. Here are a few tips to help you ensure you have the most appropriate football boot this season! Read More...



Cycling Foot Injuries 

Cycling and foot pain: A Narre Warren Podiatrist talks foot pain management before the Around the Bay 2016
The annual around he bay cycling fund raiser is fast approaching. This time of year the dwindling number of crisp mornings and warmer weather has prompted many MAMILs (middle aged men in Lycra) to dust off the bikes and hit the road. Podiatrists focus on all lower limb for and ankle injuries but when it comes to cycling injuries, they often take a back seat to running injuries. Read More...

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