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Woop Woop- New Location just around the corner- literally.

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We are very excited to announce that we are on the move. Commencing on Thursday 2nd February, we relocate from 12 Bowen St to 92 Queen St, Waiuku. We are still operating in our old location in the meantime, and for those clients with appointments from 7th February onwards, we will see you in the new clinic.

The premises have a history of being the Waiuku Medical Centre, so we will feel right at home in them. New signage is going up as we write this, so expect to see our notices and logo from a different perspective.

Cohabiting with Aurora Law- very excited.

Plantar Plate Taping technique

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Taping is something that gets easier the more you practice.

We have created a quick guide here for your reference. It is not a definitive guide, more of a recommendation to support a product that we absolutely love using.

Plantar Plate Taping- How to cut guide.

Plantar Plate Taping- How to apply guide.

The resources available on YouTube for Rocktape are also worth checking out. Have fun, be creative and keep on moving.

What to do about Verruca?

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They are pesky little things aren’t they? If you have ever wondered what they are and how to treat them, then here is some information for you.

Verruca or verrucae are a viral wart caused by an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). A wart is very prominent and sticks out, whereas a verruca tends to become depressed into the foot as it is on a weight bearing surface.

A verruca tends to have a rough feel on the surface of the skin, may have an irregular shape and may have pinpoint blood vessels throughout the lesion. There are many different categories of verruca- some are a single lesion, others may be in a group. We have included the DermNetNZ link for more information for you. https://dermnetnz.org/topics/viral-wart

When treating verruca, we need to activate the immune response. There are several methods that the Podiatrist will discuss with you.

Spirularin Verrucae Serum is our most gentle approach and works extremely well for children and pregnant women. You can locate more information about this product here.

Another option is the Falknor’s Needling Method. It is a surgical method and the needling technique works by stimulating the body’s immune system to clear the infected viral cells. Because the virus is confined to the top layer of the skin (epidermis), the bodies immune system may not have detected it. We try to push the virus material further into the skin to generate an inflammatory response and kickstart your immune system. The method uses a very thin needle to repeatedly puncture the wart.  Over the following week, the plantar wart undergoes a natural deterioration before ultimately disappearing.

The benefits of dry needling include:

  • Only one session usually required, unlike cryotherapy, silver nitrate or salicylic acid which requires multiple visits
  • It is performed using local anaesthetic
  • The procedure is completed simply in-clinic
  • No need to take any additional time off work/school
  • We monitor your progress to ensure good healing
  • The reported success rates of dry needling are around 70%, compared to standard cryotherapy which is around 15%

As stated above, Local Anaesthetic will be administered to numb the region. Please discuss with your podiatrist if you wish to consider this option.


Students at Southern Podiatry

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You may have been aware, or it might be news for you, but Southern Podiatry hosts AUT Podiatry students every year. It is a privilege to be involved in the development of our future professionals. And we have to say- “We love it”.

This year, we had the company of the lovely Meagan join our team for her placement. In previous years, we have had: Jess, Siona, Siliva, Ken, Sharon, Sarah- well-  just to name a few.

      And each time we host a student, we are grateful for our wonderful clients- yes- you-  for letting them participate in your foot care. And special mention goes to those that consented to the student assisting with their surgeries. Without willing participants, our students wouldn’t have the absolute immersion experience that we thrust them into.

So, “THANK YOU” to our Students- past and present, our clients, and all those willing to continue to build on another’s learning pathway.

Osteoarthritis in the lower limb- what you KNEE’D to know!

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Podiatrists don’t just specialise in the foot. WE ARE EXPERTS in assessing lower limb biomechanics of the hip, knee and ankle as well! And this is relevant when considering knee arthritis.

Copyright: amaviael / 123RF Stock Photo

# 45606557 – runner knee injury and pain

The body and in particular the leg, is a kinetic chain. Its all connected and linked. When an injury or limitation occurs in one joint, we will see compensations throughout the rest of the kinetic chain.

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Time to head to Middlemore

By | Other, Southern Podiatry, Treena Harris | No Comments

Yes- you heard right. Me, myself and I- Miss Treena Harris- is headed to Middlemore Hospital. I haven’t been able to confirm it until now as my placement was very late notice but joyfully accepted. But remember this- it is only a loan. I will be coming back to Southern Podiatry.



Well- it is time. You may recall that I am a Registered Nurse as well as a Podiatrist. In order to keep our qualifications and receive an annual license to work within our profession of choice (also known as practicing certificates), you need to complete time in each profession.

What else do I need to let you know? Well…….. Read More

Your toes hurt. Get them sorted with toe props.

By | Corns and Calluses, Foot and Lower leg Pain, Southern Podiatry | No Comments

Toe Props:

– just look how many types there are! They can be made from Silicon, or felt, or various materials.

Group toe Props

You may feel like you are swimming in an ocean of silicon, felt and ribbed sleeves when it comes to toe prop varieties.

We are often asked which devices would suit a particular foot type. It is important for our Podiatrists to assess the foot to determine which one to choose.  Read More

What are your fitness goals? A foot health check may be needed first.

By | injury, Southern Podiatry, sport | No Comments

As I welcome May this year, I reflect on the last four months and my goals. The peaks I’ve climbed, the fish I’ve caught, and of course the people I’ve met. It’s been a great opportunity commencing work at Southern Podiatry and exploring the local country side of the Franklin region.

Easter have come and gone and we are now in May. It is a great time of the year to make goals and start a new routine. A foot health check may be required to help you achieve these goals.

  • What fitness goals would you like to achieve?
  • Do you have foot or leg pain that you wish to resolve?
  • Do you have an old injury that is still playing up?

If you’ve never been to a Podiatrist and you are unsure what to expect please read on… Read More

The injured athlete and nutrition- Georgia investigates.

By | Foot and Lower leg Pain, injury, sport | No Comments

As we put our clocks back 1 hour, we prepare ourselves for the impending Autumn. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. The silver lining to this time of year is the start of winter sports such as netball, rugby and soccer. Athletes young and old take to the outdoors in rain, hail or shine to compete for that winning feeling. Speed, slippery surfaces and a team’s drive to win can also lead to nasty injuries. Even the best in the business get hurt, so what should you do if you do get inured? See your Podiatrist ASAP of course!

The Injured Athlete: How Nutrition Can Improve Recovery

sports-shoe-muddy-foot I attended a seminar with the Auckland branch of Sports Medicine NZ for an evening where practitioners shared their “Clinical Pearls”. Read More

Georgia’s hints on foot care for hiking.

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A word from Podiatrist Georgia:

For me, the Summer and Autumn seasons are a great time of year to get outdoors! As New Zealanders, we are so lucky to have an abundance of nature walks, day hikes and multi day hikes to explore around New Zealand.

So far in 2017 I have explored Rangitoto Island, hunted for deer on the tops of the Ruahine Ranges and completed the Tongariro crossing. 


Georgia’s foot care tips for hiking:  

What shoes did I wear? When I climbed Rangitoto Island, I opted for my Asics Trebuco trail shoes. Read More