Hip To Toe Pty Ltd

Hip To Toe Pty Ltd
Hip To Toe Pty Ltd
Health Service & Doctors-SOUTHPORT, QLD
Health Service & Doctors-Southport, QLD
As the Gold Coast's leading structural podiatrists we have been setting people free of pain for many years. Pain in the heel, knee, hip or back can be debilitating, making everyday activ..
34 High Street, Southport, Qld, 4215.
34 High Street, Southport, Qld, 4215.
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As the Gold Coast's leading structural podiatrists we have been setting people free of pain for many years. Pain in the heel, knee, hip or back can be debilitating, making everyday activities difficult and limiting an active lifestyle. Some of the most common conditions we treat include heel pain & spurs, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, hammer toes, bunions, leg length differences, and painful calves, thighs and backs, we even treat flat feet. These structural problems need a structural solution. At Hip to Toe we use hands on adjustments to realign the feet and legs, to get you back to a pain free, active lifestyle.
Why are you getting pain?

There are, on average, over 1,000 foot strikes per kilometre when running, so it’s essential that every foot strike is correct. 

When running we put three times more stress through the feet and legs than when walking. 

Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Ignoring pain will only make the symptoms worse. 

If you are getting pain when running it is usually a sign that the feet and legs are out of alignment. 

When our feet are well balanced and well aligned we can run, walk and hike without problems. However, when our feet are out of alignment this is when problems start.

What do I mean by well balanced and well aligned?
Think of your feet like the wheels on a car.

You need to get your tyres balanced and aligned correctly otherwise they wear unevenly, you wear them out quicker and ultimately you have problems.

It is the same for the feet. Everything works best in the right place. 

When the joints in the feet and legs are mis-aligned, then the muscles, ligaments and tissues are tearing and straining.

You can treat the pain with pain killers, OR you can treat the underlying problem that is causing the pain.
The Underlying Problem

When the joints are mis-aligned we have to compensate. This means we will walk and run differently to avoid pain. 

It is always best to fix the internal problem rather than relying on footwear, orthotics or painkillers.

Gentle hands on treatment can be used to internally correct the positions of the feet and allow the muscles to work the way nature intended. 

Footwear

I don’t recommend running a marathon in a pair of heels, thongs or old trainers!

Trainers have a shelf life of anything from 6-18 months. The more you pound the pavement, the more you wear out the trainers. The shock absorption and cushioning will wear away giving less support and protection over time.

Is the right shoe for your foot?

Some feet “roll in”, some “roll out” and some are “neutral”. Speak to a qualified shoe fitter who understands the difference between these foot types and sells the right shoes for you.

Break in any new shoes before the event by doing a few warm up runs first.

Orthotics

Insoles or orthotics can be placed into the shoes to hold the feet in better positions and allow them to function better. 

There are many different orthotics on the market and they can be modified and adapted to suit your needs. If you are going to use an orthotic, it is best to speak to a podiatrist first.

As with shoes, break in any orthotics before your event by doing a few warm up runs first.

Immediate pain relief

Pain relief can depend on where you are getting the pain.

Pain killers will take the edge off, but if pain persists consult your health care provider.

Use Heat Packs for sore and tender muscles.

Use Ice Packs for swelling and joints.

If you sprain or twist an ankle or knee and the area becomes hot and swollen

Remember RICE:   
Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

This will bring down the heat and the swelling. 

If you have a stabbing pain in the heel, roll your foot across a frozen 600ml water bottle for 15 minutes.


Why are you getting pain?

There are, on average, over 1,000 foot strikes per kilometre when running, so it’s essential that every foot strike is correct. 

When running we put three times more stress through the feet and legs than when walking. 

Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Ignoring pain will only make the symptoms worse. 

If you are getting pain when running it is usually a sign that the feet and legs are out of alignment. 

When our feet are well balanced and well aligned we can run, walk and hike without problems. However, when our feet are out of alignment this is when problems start.

What do I mean by well balanced and well aligned?
Think of your feet like the wheels on a car.

You need to get your tyres balanced and aligned correctly otherwise they wear unevenly, you wear them out quicker and ultimately you have problems.

It is the same for the feet. Everything works best in the right place. 

When the joints in the feet and legs are mis-aligned, then the muscles, ligaments and tissues are tearing and straining.

You can treat the pain with pain killers, OR you can treat the underlying problem that is causing the pain.
The Underlying Problem

When the joints are mis-aligned we have to compensate. This means we will walk and run differently to avoid pain. 

It is always best to fix the internal problem rather than relying on footwear, orthotics or painkillers.

Gentle hands on treatment can be used to internally correct the positions of the feet and allow the muscles to work the way nature intended. 

Footwear

I don’t recommend running a marathon in a pair of heels, thongs or old trainers!

Trainers have a shelf life of anything from 6-18 months. The more you pound the pavement, the more you wear out the trainers. The shock absorption and cushioning will wear away giving less support and protection over time.

Is the right shoe for your foot?

Some feet “roll in”, some “roll out” and some are “neutral”. Speak to a qualified shoe fitter who understands the difference between these foot types and sells the right shoes for you.

Break in any new shoes before the event by doing a few warm up runs first.

Orthotics

Insoles or orthotics can be placed into the shoes to hold the feet in better positions and allow them to function better. 

There are many different orthotics on the market and they can be modified and adapted to suit your needs. If you are going to use an orthotic, it is best to speak to a podiatrist first.

As with shoes, break in any orthotics before your event by doing a few warm up runs first.

Immediate pain relief

Pain relief can depend on where you are getting the pain.

Pain killers will take the edge off, but if pain persists consult your health care provider.

Use Heat Packs for sore and tender muscles.

Use Ice Packs for swelling and joints.

If you sprain or twist an ankle or knee and the area becomes hot and swollen

Remember RICE:   
Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

This will bring down the heat and the swelling. 

If you have a stabbing pain in the heel, roll your foot across a frozen 600ml water bottle for 15 minutes.


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