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What is PTTD? The posterior tibial tendon serves as one of the major supporting structures of the foot, helping it to function while walking. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is a condition caused by changes in the tendon, impairing its ability to support the arch. This results in flattening of the foot. PTTD is often called adult acquired flatfoot because it is the most common type of flatfoot developed during adulthood. Although this...

What is a Stress Fracture? Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone caused by repetitive force. This most often occurs due to overuse. i.e., such as running long distances. Stress fractures can also develop from normal use of a bone that's weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis. Stress fractures are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Track and field athletes and military recruits who carry...

Onychomycosis and its prevalence in Australia Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and is estimated to affect up to 1.6 million Australians. Current treatments include antifungal nail lacquers that are applied daily/weekly and prescribed oral medications. Given the slow growth of toenails, it can be frustrating to continue applying the lacquers consistently as it takes at least 3 months to see improvements. In addition, oral medications can interact with other...

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy refers to the many conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communication network that sends signals between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and all other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves send many types of sensory information to the central nervous system (CNS), such as a message that the feet are cold.  Signs and symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms are related to...

Diabetic foot ulcers are a costly complication of diabetes, reducing people’s quality of life, and increasing morbidity, mortality and healthcare expenditure. Additionally, diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower extremity amputations and cause approximately 2% of all hospitalisations. Therefore, the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers is of paramount importance. Good footwear and socks can greatly lower the risk of diabetic foot ulcers from occurring. Shoes Use of inappropriate footwear or walking barefoot...