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Otago Rail Trail in all its glory.

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Get on your bike and hit the road.

This is by far the best way to see the countryside and experience NZ. We were fortunate to use the services of a fabulous bicycle tour company called Cycle Surgery.


We decided to ride in costume. Think fitness guru from the 80’s Richard Simmons and twist it with a dash of “Absolutely Fabulous”. Knee high socks, sweat bands, oversized glasses, a Hawaiian leis and a headband with pigtails and a bow- what a treat!

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Don’t let cracked heels and foot pain ruin your summer! 

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Summer is well on its way. We’re starting to see bluer skies and feel warmer winds. As we start to strip off the heavier layers of clothing, footwear is often to reduced to slip ons, jandals, sandals and bare-feet.

Summer feet

Lighter evenings and clear skies take away the “It’s too cold” and “It’s raining” excuse to get out and exercise. With an increase of walking and summer sporting activities and a transition to less supportive footwear, we are more likely to develop dry skin and cracked heels. We are also more likely to develop all sorts of foot and ankle pain.  And how do you treat dry skin at home?  Read More

The blood, sweat and tears for Expo.

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So how did the expo go? Was it all that it promised to be? Did things run to plan?

All we can say is “What a wonderful 10th Birthday the Franklin Positive Ageing Expo had”.

This event is one of those quiet achievers for us. It is a lot of work and organising- to coordinate all the team for the day, get our flyers and promotional material together, and still have sanity at the end of the day.

Yes- Treena can tell you proudly that her head hit the pillow very early that night (almost a nana)- but surely that is an indication of a great busy day.

2015 team photo- missing Yaslin

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The footwear debate concludes- should you be wearing Supportive Shoes?

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Is a supportive style shoe necessary for you?

Podiatrist Jason Bruce provides his final discussion point on the footwear of today. The main question asked- what is more important?- Support VS Comfort debate.

This is the third and final part of the Footwear Series- Part 3 of 3.ASICS-GT-2000-Running-Shoe-II

Research has shown us the many pros and cons of the previously discussed toe and minimal style shoe. Abebe’s gold medal barefoot marathon run set the world on the minimalistic shoe trend. Read More

Ingrown Toenail surgery

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Ouch- Are you suffering in silence with ingrown toenails?

Did you know that Podiatrists perform surgery for Ingrown Toenails and Verrucae procedures? And we love it!

Ingrown toenails are common in the podiatry clinic. Our preferred option initially is always to treat it conservatively and minimise pain but surgery is another treatment plan routinely offered. Conservative measures include; Read More

Could your Footwear choice harm you?

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Skechers and Nike Free. Popular choices- surely they have to be ok- Right?

Podiatrist Jason Bruce helps you decipher the information about Skechers and Nike Frees. The main question asked- what is more important?- Support VS Comfort debate. 

This is Part 2 of 3 for the Footwear Series.940x638q80

The barefoot running trend took the world by storm and in the mid 2000’s.  Nike released its first Nike Free shoe in response to the popular trend. Engineered by Tobie Hatfield and Eric Avar, the Nike Free was designed to allow the foot to have increased freedom – therefore the name.This minimalist style became one of the most popular shoes worldwide.  Read More

The Footwear Debate- Are Toe Shoes right for you?

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Toe Shoes- the best thing since sliced bread- or a disaster in the making?

Podiatrist Jason Bruce helps you decipher the information about their origins and how they work. This is Part 1 of 3 for the Footwear Series.


“The 1960s Olympics in Rome was a big year for running. Not only did Abebe Bikila win the marathon gold medal, but he did so in bare feet! Feeling uncomfortable pre-race, Abebe decided to remove his shoes and complete the race bare foot. This sent waves across the running community to see if running barefoot or running with toe shoes would be beneficial to its athletes.

So what are the Pro’s and Con’s?

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Don’t let heel pain ruin your life.

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In my personal and professional life, in the sporting arena and the Podiatry clinic, heel pain is a common occurrence. heel-pain

It is said that the average human walks around the world more than three times over the span of their life. With 26 bones (and two sesamoids) and hundreds of tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves in each foot, we are bound to encounter a foot problem sooner or later. One of the most common of these is heel pain! Read More

It happens all around us- Can you recognise it?

By | Campaigns we support, Treena Harris | No Comments

This week is about Elder Abuse Awareness.  Southern Podiatry is supporting this  campaign which is in its tenth year.

As Registered Medical Professionals, Treena and the Podiatrists are aware of the statistics that accompany this type of abuse in all its forms. Southern Podiatry is a safe place for the young and old.

Whilst the medical teams know what this abuse is- how can you recognise it? And what is it?

Elder abuse pic 2015

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