- Why did you become a podiatrist?
I always wanted to have a career focused on impact and helping people that would also provide a variety of problems and challenges throughout a working week. Podiatry ticked all of those boxes!
I actually started studying psychology and realised it wasn’t for me. I wanted a career that was involved in health, where I could make a positive impact on people’s lives and talk to people all day. So I changed into podiatry and haven’t looked back!
I became a podiatrist as I wanted to help people return to their activities in a structured and supportive way. I am interested in the biomechanics of the body and how this plays a part in the development of musculoskeletal injuries. I take great pride in seeing someone walk in with a complaint and work with them to develop a personalised plan to progressively return them to their activities.
- What’s the most common condition you see as a podiatrist?
The most common condition we see is plantar fasciitis (often presenting as heel pain) or osteoarthritic pain at the foot and ankle. We are fortunate to have a combination of interventions available to manage these conditions and get people back to being active, healthy and happy ASAP!
Heel pain would have to be the most common presenting complaint that we see at the clinic. This can be caused by a range of conditions including plantar fasciitis/fasciosis and achilles tendinopathy.
Heel pain or plantar fasciitis is the most common condition I see clinically. Furthermore, forefoot pain is another common presentation I see with many people complaining of bunion pain, ball of foot pain (including bursitis, neuroma and or arthritic pain).
- Where do you buy your shoes?
I buy my shoes from a number of stores including Bared, Ecco and Active Feet to name a few, all depending on if the shoes are for work, casual or active endeavours.
Bared Footwear would have to be my favourite place to buy work shoes! I love their brogues for work, boots for winter and sandals for the warmer weather. They look great AND they’re super comfortable- two big wins!
Bared footwear and Ecco footwear for work and casual, Active Feet for sport.