Archive for Author: Cathy Swan


Chilblains are a common condition in winter a lot of people suffer from. They are patches of red, swollen and itchy skin. The main cause of Chilblains is poor circulation and cold weather approaching. It is very common to get this condition on the ends of toes and fingers. Tight shoes may also be a

Why Your Feet May be Colder in Winter!

Raynaud’s Syndrome Winter is just around the corner and some of us feel the cold more than others. As Podiatrists we commonly see clients suffering from Raynaud’s syndrome. Raynaud’s syndrome causes areas of the body to feel numb and cold in response to lower temperatures and in some cases caused by stress. In Raynaud’s syndrome,

Arthritis in the Foot

As Podiatrists, arthritis is a common underlying cause for pain and discomfort in the foot ankle or knees. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. It can cause pain and stiffness in any joint in the body, and is common in the small joints of the foot and ankle. There are more

The Low Down on Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails or otherwise known as onychocryptosis is a common condition that is predominantly seen in the big toe. And what exactly does it mean? Ingrown toenails are formed from the compression of the nail edge growing into the skin of the toe. Subsequent to this, once the nail shoots through the skin it produces


Diabetes is a common issue experienced by many Australians. It can affect nerves and blood vessels throughout the body and plays a significant impact on complications with eyes kidneys and feet. Diabetic complications in the feet can include a decrease in blood flow to the lower limb which can impact the healing rate, potential to

Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain is a very common complaint seen by Podiatrists. There are many different causes of heel pain which differ between adults and children. Heel pain in children can be caused by stress fractures, bursitis, tendinopathy or severs disease. Severs disease is the most common reason for heel pain in children. Severs disease or also

Foot Hygiene in Summer

Summer is the time where we expose our feet to the environment, whether it is the beach, the public swimming pool or even just in our general sandals. Although it is important to let our feet feel the fresh air, it is also important to ensure that we aren’t exposing ourselves to any unnecessary pain