Starting the AFL Preseason right

Starting the AFL Preseason right

It’s important to consider everything you should be doing to best prepare yourself for the AFL season so that you can give yourself the best chance to remain injury free and be ready for Round One.

As a Podiatrist, I commonly see players who struggle with a number of injuries in the preseason.

Commonly these are shin splints, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, severs, calf strains & hamstring strains.

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The Journey from NSTT to Boost Health Collective

The Journey from NSTT to Boost Health Collective

We undertook a very robust process earlier this year to decide on our new name. The criteria were that it needed to:

👉 be different to other allied health practices - something unique that reflected our team, values and vision;

👉 form a collective noun so that we could create an identity for our team;

👉 be a word that we could have some fun within our marketing.

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Buen Camino! How far have you walked?

Buen Camino! How far have you walked?

Regular group training prior to the hike meant we were all moving well, and free from any nasty surprises. The best advice I was given in preparation for challenging hikes, especially those including steep ascents or descends is to practise. If you are going to climb a hill or mountain, the best thing to do in your training is….. yep, climb a hill or mountain. If you are going to walk 25km a day, train for endurance. Wear your boots in all weather, across all terrains, back-to-back days and for long periods of time so your feet feel at home in them. Whatever challenge you are up against, break it down and practise it. The more prepared you are, the more enjoyable the challenge will be.

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Which dress shoes are best for my feet?

Which dress shoes are best for my feet?

Dress shoes are often uncomfortable, tight fitting and don’t serve any functional purpose apart from looking good! That being said, nowadays we are lucky to have a number of shoe companies that have taken it upon themselves to make comfy dress shoes so that you get the best of both worlds!

Here are a few recommendations for those of you who need some dress shoes that can be worn all day…

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Tooth Pain or Jaw Muscle Pain?

Tooth Pain or Jaw Muscle Pain?

Have you ever woken up with agonising tooth pain? You hastily book an appointment with your dentist, fearing a cavity, or worse... a root canal problem, only to be told there is nothing wrong with your tooth and that you must be imagining the pain?

Well, instead of a dental emergency, you might be experiencing what is known as a TMJ Disorder - Temporomandibular Junction Disorder.

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Why do my shoulders and neck feel so much stiffer in Winter?

Why do my shoulders and neck feel so much stiffer in Winter?

Many studies have been conducted on the correlation between muscle and joint pain and the cold weather.  Although there is still much research to be undertaken, there are a few common theories that keep arising...

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Why do my shins hurt?

Why do my shins hurt?

Shin splints, technically known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) refers to a dull aching pain experienced along the posteromedial border of the tibia/shin bone and is usually elicited with the onset of exercise or in the mornings.


Muscles become overworked, creating microtears in the muscle belly and bone tissue. Shin splints are commonly encountered in high intensity sports requiring sudden changes in direction and can also present as an overuse injury in runners and sprinters.

Excessive forces that the muscles are placed under cause the muscles to swell therefore increasing pressure on the tibia/shin bone.

Shin Splint is a common overuse injury that is caused by a combination between poor lower limb biomechanics and also excessive pressure through the region.

“Too much too soon” is a common phrase used when referring to the cause of shin splints, meaning that a sudden increase in physical activity can lead to overuse injuries in muscular structures.

Here are some things you can do to manage (and hopefully prevent!) shin splints…

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The extra 1%ers that could improve your running

The extra 1%ers that could improve your running

To get the best out of yourself when it comes to running, it’s important to do the 1%ers.  The small things that you may take for granted can play an integral part in improving your running and achieving your goals.

In this series of blogs we will look at some of the different 1%ers our running clients can focus on to get the best out of themselves. In this first blog we will look at the importance of self-massage as part of your training regime.

It is important to add recovery to your training schedule, so although incorporating regular Myotherapy/Remedial Massage treatments is an important part of the recovery process, it is what you do between those treatments that is the first 1%er we will look at.

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Five ways that athletes can improve their foot strength

Five ways that athletes can improve their foot strength

Your foot muscles aren’t any different to any other muscle in the body. They adapt to load and can get stronger. But it rarely seems to cross peoples' minds to train them as such.

Training your feet is important for injury prevention and performance. They are an important part of the kinetic chain when it comes to running, jumping or any movement really.

So where do you start?  Everyone knows what a bench press is, but what is a big toe press?

As a Podiatrist, I’m here to help start you on a journey to stronger feet!

So here’s a little routine you can do. Some exercises can be done daily, while others should be done 2-3 times a week.

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Top 5 Running Shoe Brands for Wide Feet

Top 5 Running Shoe Brands for Wide Feet

Do you have trouble finding running shoes that fit your wide feet? Does having wide feet limit your choices when looking for shoes? If so, you’ve found the right blog!

As a Podiatrist who has worked in a speciality running shoe store for many years, I’ve seen many a wide foot!  I love the challenge of finding the best shoe for someone with a non-standard foot type.  There is always a solution! There are many different running shoe brands with a wide range of fits, but not all brands will be able to cater for all feet.

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Five signs that you should see a Podiatrist

Five signs that you should see a Podiatrist

Is there something worrying you about your feet?  Maybe your ankles or knees?  Well, rest assured... there is no need to live with any sort of discomfort with your feet... a Podiatrist can help!! 

As university qualified health professionals that specialise in the lower limb, we are well-equipped to help keep you active and happy (our mantra around here at the clinic!).  Podiatrists have a range of different skill sets and we thrive on the diversity of conditions that we can treat, such as musculo-skeletal pain and injury (Sports Podiatry), skin and nail issues (General Podiatry), the diabetic foot (High Risk Foot Care) or Paediatrics (children's feet and the conditions that may contribute).

If you're unsure whether a Podiatrist will be able to help you, read on...

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How to prepare your body for a hike

How to prepare your body for a hike

Don’t let the end of Summer spoil your outdoor adventures. Autumn is the best time of the year to get out and explore some of Victoria’s best hiking spots.

Here are out top tips for preparing for a hike...

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Can I get a Medicare rebate for Podiatry?

Can I get a Medicare rebate for Podiatry?

A Medicare rebate for podiatry can be accessed under the CDM Program, which is the Chronic Disease Management Program (sometimes referred to as EPC or Team Care Arrangement).

First, you must meet the criteria, which is principally centred around 'chronic' conditions (it’s in the name!), meaning something that you have suffered with for more than three months.

Secondly, you need to have the appropriate referral form from your GP, who needs to send you to a specific Podiatry clinic (hopefully us, we'd love to help!)

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Choosing the right socks for you

Choosing the right socks for you

Socks… they keep your feet warm in the winter and protect your feet from the rubbing from footwear. However how many of us go searching for and invest in the perfect pair of socks?  Podiatrist, Jasmine Kouch, provides a guide on what to look for to find the perfect sock for active people.

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Clocking the steps - make the most of your training for the Oxfam Trailwalker 2018

Clocking the steps - make the most of your training for the Oxfam Trailwalker 2018

It is that time of year again for thousands of Melbournians taking on the treacherous goal of completing the annual Oxfam Trailwalker.  To get started, here are some things to consider to get the most out of your training and race prep...

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How to avoid pre-season injuries...

How to avoid pre-season injuries...

Overuse injuries are prevalent during the pre-season phase due to the increase in training load.  As pre-season is well and truly underway, here are a few tips to stay fit and healthy throughout the footy season (as we all know injuries to key players can make or break a season)...

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Recovery and the Runner

Recovery and the Runner

Whether you are an elite/semi-elite, middle/long distance runner, a fun runner or someone who runs just to maintain fitness, incorporating recovery into your training schedule is paramount to get the best out of your body and perform at your best.

In this blog we will look at different ways we can incorporate recovery into your training program. 

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