Treating the cause, not just the symptoms

Geelong Podiatrists providing Excellent Care since 1987

We understand that pain and discomfort can really hold you back. We care about how your level of mobility affects your ability to enjoy life and do the things you want to do.

We know and we care.

You just want your carefree life back so you can savour every moment of what life has to offer without being in pain.

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PBM Low Level Laser Therapy

PBM Low level laser therapy, also known as Photobiomodulation or PBM Therapy, is safe, painless and non-invasive. It provides drug free pain relief and healing with no side effects.
PBM Therapy uses specific wave lengths of light to increase the energy in the area to promote a more rapid and efficient healing response. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or three times a week.

HOLISTIC CARE

At Total Care Podiatry we focus on understanding the underlying cause of your pain and how it affects your whole body. We develop a treatment plan which deals with all the components of your condition in an integrated approach to help you reach your goals.

EXPERIENCED CARE

For over 30 years Total Care Podiatry has provided specialised, highly skilled care based on comprehensive, evidence based examination, diagnosis & treatment. We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic podiatrists who really love working out “Why”.

PATIENT CARE

What’s important to you? We really care about what you want to achieve so we can be part of your journey and help you enjoy Freedom through Mobility.

SPECIALISED CARE

At Total Care Podiatry you have access to Sensor Medica equipment and diagnostic software, leaders in plantar pressure examination of walking and running and 3D image scanning. Understanding what the data means and how it impacts on your body is a key part of finding the right solution for you.

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Guarantee

  • At Total Care Podiatry, all our orthotics are made in our own milling lab so we can control and guarantee the entire process from the design to the end result.

  • We respect your time by running on time. This is our commitment to you.

  • Satisfaction Guarantee – We are committed to you and your experience. If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience, we will deliver your next Podiatry consultation free.

  • Orthotic Guarantee – For the best solution prescription is everything so your orthotics are designed to address your individual concerns. An array of options is also available to ensure your orthotics are made a material that suits your lifestyle. We guarantee it.

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Paul Graham

Paul Graham has been using plantar pressure analysis as part of his clinical practice since first purchasing an Fscan Mat and in-shoe system in 1998. It was a steep learning curve to understand the information behind the pretty colours and what it means. This form of analysis was in its infancy in Australia, and  the only way of gaining an appreciable understanding of what the data represented and how could be used in clinical practice was gained through regular email and phone contact with a number of American podiatrists who had been using the Fscan system for many years.

The most well-known of these practitioners is Dr Howard Dannenberg and through this relationship Paul grew to understand the relationship of sagittal plane movement and the importance of how the foot has a significant effect on the rest of the body. In fact Paul’s foundational knowledge of recording, data management and analysis came through Howard’s leadership and the plantar pressure case studies that were shared. This knowledge base was further augmented when Dr Bruce Williams DPM, a protégé of Howard’s training, visited Australia in 2004 and stayed with Paul in Geelong, working and training him in his clinic. In 2005, Paul was invited to Latrobe University to present on his clinical use of plantar pressure in the prescription of the orthotic correction design.

Up until this stage, Paul was combining evidence-based examination and video gait assessment with plantar pressure analysis and, through this orthotic manufacture. The issue was that each part of the assessment used different equipment. In 2006 Paul moved to the Milletrex system, (forerunner of the Freestep software and Sensormedica hardware) and as this combined all aspects of the diagnostic and manufacturing process, he moved to this system. Again a learning curve was required to become familiar with the different parts of the system, however planter pressure is planter pressure and as such, once you understand the recording and data management side, analysis can be done.

In late 2010, the Freestep software program was presented and the engineers in Italy were keen to make it the best on the market. Through the years there have been regular updates making the program more user-friendly and the data presentation more valuable and easy to understand. In fact at present Paul is working with Scott Sorenson and the Italian software developers to enhance this further so that areas of dysfunction and asymmetry are easily noted and measured,. This will be valuable for both the initial assessment and also to easily chart improvement at review appointments. This continued refinement and development, makes Freestep a very valuable clinical tool.

Plantar pressure analysis can only grow in significance as it shows objective data that the eye cannot see. This is now even more important with the discovery that vertical force,( that we describe as pressure), is what causes the overloading that results in tissue damage, rather than any angular anomaly such as an inverted heel or lowering of the medial longitudinal arch. Using Freestep enables Paul to chart improvement effectively and efficiently each visit by simply having a person walk over the mat or treadmill and comparing it to the previous visit; all within five minutes. This is then a record of the patient’s progress, valuable, not only to the treating clinician, but also to any third party who is paying for the treatment.

Video gait assessment is very, very helpful in understanding the biomechanics of the body in motion and should be used in conjunction with planter pressure analysis; however Paul’s clinical use of plantar pressure analysis has led him to the conclusion that it is superior in consistency, ease and speed.

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