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Students at Southern Podiatry

By | AUT Podiatry, Students | No Comments

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

Have you ever wanted to know…?

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What products have you wanted to use but not known how to, or if you should? We have been asked about several products over the past year and here is a brief review for you to consider.

listerine-for-toenail-fungus Listerine

Can you use this to treat Fungal Toenail Infections? To answer this question, you have to consider what it consists of. Read More

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! 

By | Foot and Lower leg Pain | No Comments

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