Podiatry

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Shock wave therapy now avalible

Shock wave therapy now avalible 1000 667 Ace Health Centre

At Ace Health center, on the Gold Coast now has Shockwave therapy available.

What is Shockwave?

Shockwave therapy is a great noninvasive rehabilitation method that is getting more and more popular over the Gold Coast and the rest of the world.

Shockwave is a handheld device that emits low-frequency acoustic shockwaves that aim to kickstart the body’s natural healing.

The body responds differently to shockwave then it doesn’t to medication or other forms of rehab. This means shockwave is great to uses and multi-treatment therapy, but also if other conservative methods of treatment have failed.

What happens during treatment?

A gel is put onto the area of injury. The handpiece is then put on the gel and the machine is turned on. the gel helps the shockwaves transmit through the skin as they do not transfer well via air. Pulses of low-frequency sound are then emitted.

The area can be a little sore during the treatment feeling like little electric shocks. They can also be a little sore and bruised after. That said some people get pain relief right away, whereas some others may take a couple of days.

Success rate

Clinical trials on some injuries have come back with a 90% success rate. This shows that no matter what your injury, having it combined with shockwave can give it the boost it needs. Things like exercise therapy, custom orthotics, cortisone injections, and dry needling can also be used alongside shockwave therapy.

Who cant have shockwave?

Shockwave therapy on the gold coast doesn’t have many contraindications. A few though consist of

  • pregnancy
  • blood clotting disorders
  • pacemakers
  • taking oral blood thinners
  • cholesterol medication
  • open wound
  • had cortisone in the last 6 weeks

Shockwave treatment works especially well for injuries such as

  • heel pain
  • plantar fasciitis
  • shin splints
  • tendinopathy
  • tennis elbow
  • Achilles injuries
  • frozen shoulder
  • spurs
  • patella tendinopathy
  • and more……

Book today with our physio or podiatrist at Ace Health Centre on the Gold Coast to experience this miracle breakthrough in medicine and rehab.

how to pick shoes

How to pick your running shoes – Part 2

How to pick your running shoes – Part 2 710 448 Ace Health Centre

Heres How to pick your running shoes – Part 2

  1. Ankle motion

Without getting too technical, we have to get technical here. However to keep it simple, let’s just say your ankle motion determines the heel pitch in your shoes. Each shoe is slightly different and can range from 0-12mm with a few exceptions.

We say exceptions because there is a good chance that almost everyone, reading this blog, will fall into one of the four categories below.

 Stiff ankle

Less than 90 degrees’ dorsiflexion – 10-12mm heel pitch

Moderate ankle motion

90 degrees’ dorsiflexion – 6- 10mm heel pitch

Good ankle motion

10 degrees dorsiflexion – 4-10mm heel pitch

 Hypermobile ankle

15 + degrees dorsiflexion – 8-12mm heel pitch

  1. Injury History

If you have a history of injuries such as heel pain, shin splints, calf pain or achilles pain then make sure your shoe has a heel pitch of 10-12 mm. Also, be careful when buying your pair of runners and make sure your shoes don’t bend through the midfoot.

  1. Type Of Running

Competition vs. Training vs. Speed workouts vs. Long Runs. There are so many variables when it comes to running. For example, racing shoes are very different to training shoes and should only be used for the occasional speed work session and race events. These shoes are lighter, flatter and more flexible than the average pair, which increases the risk of injuries considerably. Doing your due diligence and carefully evaluating the purpose for your runners can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. We suggest you take the time and talk to your sports store’s shoe specialist about your training regiments and goals to get the most appropriate footwear that fits your needs.

  1. Terrain

Are you running cross-country or on solid ground? We would like to encourage you to think about your footwear the same way you think about the tires of your car. Off road cars have solid tires with a lot of grip for enhanced traction whereas race tires are slick and thin, designed for speed and performance. Well, your shoes are no different! Off road shoes are a lot firmer than your everyday pair of runners. They are designed for stability and support with features like the extra grip or water-resistance, which in return changes the structure of the upper on your shoes.

  1. Running style

  The more you land on your rear foot, the more cushioning, support and heel pitch you need. Over the years working with professional athletes and everyday runners, we have seen a lot of different foot placements which all have an impact on your feet. Your heel pitch should be between 8-12mm if you come down rear first when running. If you have more of a balanced running style, then we recommend a heel pitch between 6-10mm or 4-8mm if you come down heavy on your forefoot.

You are ready now! Our guide should help you decide on the running shoes you want and what level of support you need. We all been there and know how overwhelming it can be to buy the right pair of runners to not only perform but also to stay injury free. We hope this guide makes your selection a little bit easier and helps your thought process in deciding on the best possible fit for your feet. That concludes how to pick your running shoes – Part 2. If your not sure where to look for them try Athletes foot.  If you are still not sure and need to double check them book with our podiatrist

how to pick shoes

Picking your running shoes – Part 1

Picking your running shoes – Part 1 710 448 Ace Health Centre

This is a guide to Picking your running shoes – Part 1. There are a few things we encourage you to think about before you buy a new pair of running shoes.  A few simple checks, a tweak here and there and an expert’s eye, examining your feet, can work wonders and ensures you will buy the best fit for your feet.

There are a lot of brands and even more styles for you to choose out there. They are basically all made for the same purpose but target slightly different issues or support various areas of your foot, which can make the whole process a little bit confusing. But you are not alone! This guide is here to help you find exactly what you are looking for and narrow down the endless supply of choices to not only enhance your performance but also to keep you injury free.

This next section covers nearly everything you need to know to get the right shoes for your feet. Use this guide and a recommendation from your Podiatrist, and you will never find yourself standing confused in front of a wall full of running shoes ever again.

  1. Your foot type

Supination

If you have a supination foot type, then a natural shoe will be the right fit for your feet. Your new pair of running shoes should have a slightly wider last to create stability and to prevent the shoe from giving way on the lateral border when put into action. If this sounds like your type of feet, then look out for a shoe with adequate cushioning to prevent ankle sprains and other nagging ankle injuries. Without favouring any particular brand, our podiatrists as well as our patients have been quite happy with the Brooks Dyad runners and would recommend them to anyone with this particular foot type.

Neutral

Consider yourself lucky if you have a neutral foot type because you are an easy one to please! Nothing too fancy. Maybe just something with a little bit more flexibility through the midfoot and some added cushioning. Over the years, we have recommended a range of runners such as the Asics Nimbus, the Brooks Glycerine, the Mizuno Enigma, the Nike Vomero or the Adidas Supernova Glide to runners with a neutral foot type.

Mild Pronation

“Guidance” is the magic word for this foot type. If you are diagnosed with a mild pronation, then we suggest, you hunt for a pair of shoes with a firmer heel counter and less midfoot flexibility. Unlike other foot types cushioning isn’t something you have to worry too much about and we recommend a moderate support, which can be found in the Asics Metarun and Kayano, the Mizuno Inspire or the Saucony Guide for example. Other alternatives for this foot type are the Nike Odyssey and the Brooks Ravena.

Moderate Pronation

Support, Support, Support is what you are after! You want a pair of runners with a firmer heel counter, moderate cushioning and a re-enforced midsole for less flexibility. You might find your runners a little stiff to start with but don’t worry; they will wear in and fit perfect with time. Ask your sporting good store for the Asics 3000, Mizuno Paradox, the Brooks Transcendence / Adrenaline or the Saucony Hurricane for optimal fit and maximum comfort.

Severe Pronation

Motion control is the key for maximum performance and comfort.

A wide last and less cushioning are what you are after if you have a severe pronation foot type. Also, make sure you purchase a ridged shoe with at least 1cm heel pitch. For best results ask your footwear specialist for the Brooks Beast or the Asics Divide.

We hope you enjoyed  This is a guide to Picking your running shoes – Part 1. Keep a lookout for part 2. If you have any other questions contact our podiatrist.

NDIS Services Gold Coast

NDIS Services Gold Coast

NDIS Services Gold Coast 900 900 Ace Health Centre

With The NDIS no up and running we have got ourselves registered. We at Ace Health Center are offering NDIS Services on the Gold Coast. We understand that it is hard to find the right health professionals when you have so much else on your plate. This is why our health clinic on the Gold Coast has your services all in one place.

Our Services

Dietitian – We understand that with busy lives diet may not be the first thing on your mind. Diet is so very important though with mental health, well-being, activity and overall wellness. Without this everything else fails. This is available via your NDIS

Podiatry – Keeping on your feet is your transport to see the world. Making sure these are in working order are very important. Many medication and other morbidity can have an impact on your foot health. Reducing foot pain via orthotics and footwear can keep you mobile.  This is available via your NDIS

Physio – Strength, stability and being pain free enable us ot be happy and do the things required to live a long life. This is available via your NDIS

Ex Physiology – Weather you think you need it or not making sure you are getting enough exercise and the correct exercise for you is important to everybody. Not just people on the NDIS

As you can see being healthy doesn’t stop at one place. There is a whole range of factors and influences. Its normally beneficial to assess them all and not just 1. i.e if you want to do exercise you need to have the correct shoes (podiatry), be doing the correct exercise for you, your lifestyle so to not get injured (ex physiology), be getting the correct protein intake to get adequate recovery and not get sick (dietitian).

So if you need NDIS Services Gold Coast then Ace Health center is your clinic.

Podiatry Bulk billing explained - ACE Health Centre

Podiatry Bulk Billing explained

Podiatry Bulk Billing explained 1000 667 Ace Health Centre

First of all, we believe that great treatment shouldn’t matter on the type of insurance cover you have or the amount of money that’s sitting in your account. At ACE Health Centre, we provide excellent podiatry services for everyone – bulk billed or not.

 

What is Bulk Billing?

To be able to Bulk Bill you must have an EPC or TCA care plan from your doctor. There is a range of assessments your doctor will need to perform to see if you qualify for bulk-billed podiatry. But if you do, your GP can provide you with up to 5 visits per year for podiatry needs.

 

What do I get out of Bulk billed podiatry visits at ACE?

Think of it as a free trial at the gym. Our sessions work pretty similarly. You’ll get a chance to see our Podiatrists, either at Clear Island Waters or Nerang for a 30-minute visit under the Medicare, Bulk Billed Podiatry care plan.

Yes, you read right! Only at ACE will you get 30min instead of 20min consults to ensure you’ll be well taken care of. Even though Medicare only pays for 20-minute podiatry sessions, we believe that the 10 minutes on top of that will make all the difference to make sure we have enough time with each patient and assess and diagnose without having to rush through things.

 

Where can I get Bulk Billed Podiatry treatments?

Our podiatrists work at our main clinic in Clear Island Waters (close to Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach, and Carrara). Alternatively, you can see Mike Luker, our head podiatrist, at Nerang (close to Gold Coast hinterland and Mudgeeraba), so regardless where you live on the Gold Coast, there’s always an ACE clinic nearby.

 

What Podiatry treatments and services can be bulk-billed?

 

Our Podiatrists at Clear Island Waters specialize in

  • Gym for strength and rehab
  • Gait analysis
  • Diabetic assessment
  • Custom orthotics
  • Verruca and wart treatment
  • Corns and callous treatment
  • Ingrown toenail surgery and more

Although a little smaller in size, our Podiatry clinic in Nerang can assist with

  • Custom orthotics
  • Verruca and wart treatment
  • Corns and callous treatment
  • Diabetic assessment
  • Ingrown toenail surgery and more

 

Get in touch with us to find out if you qualify for Bulk Billing and / or to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists at ACE Health Centre, Clear Island Waters or Nerang.

ACE dry needling treatment

Dry needling?! Don’t be scared.

Dry needling?! Don’t be scared. 1000 667 Ace Health Centre

Most people would run for the hills when they hear the word needle and even more so when those needles are about to enter their skin. Most experiences that require the use of tiny, sharp metal sticks are usually not pleasant ones. Unless we’re talking about dry needling at ACE Health Centre!

Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point treatment, is the next big thing, used around the world when it comes to pain management and pain reduction. If that sounds all a little too scientific for you then read on! Our head podiatrist, Mike Luker took the time to write down a few notes for our patients to explain what dry needling is and what it does for those who experience some form or arches and pains in their body.

What is it Dry needling?

Dry needling is the process of inserting a thin filament needle into the muscle trigger points, tendons, fascia, ligaments, etc. This helps in stimulating the healing process of the soft tissue. It, therefore, results in pain relief and a reduction in muscle tension.

Is it painful?

No, it isn’t painful. Yes, the needles are inserted in the skin, but the needles are so thin that it’s usually a pretty gentle and pleasant kind of treatment. Some people might feel a brief local twitch response or mild pain sensation such as tingling, cramping or cramping sensation but compare to those needles at the dentist or doctor, it’s a walk in the park.

Dry needling VS Acupuncture

Dry needling is often associated with acupuncture as both use the needles to speed up the healing process. However, it can be well differentiated from acupuncture based on objectives and the philosophy behind both. Unlike acupuncture, which uses the Chinese points of insertion, dry needling uses trigger points to decide points of insertion.

What are the benefits?

Dry needling is beneficial for relieving a variety of musculoskeletal problems including:

  • Acute injuries
  • Chronic injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Ball of foot pain
  • Calf pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica

Research has therefore shown that the use of needles can improve pain control, electrical and biochemical dysfunction of motor endplates and reducing muscle tension.

Consult a podiatrist at ACE Health Centre to discuss your condition and see if the treatment is for you.

A podiatrist is much more than just a foot doctor

A Podiatrist is much more than just a foot expert

A Podiatrist is much more than just a foot expert 926 639 Ace Health Centre

Not many people know that, but a Podiatrist doesn’t just treat injuries relating the feet. They are experts in their field and can diagnose, treat and manage injuries. These can be injuries concerning the feet, knees, hips and even the lower back.

What does a podiatrist treat?

On average, 1 in 6 people living on the Gold Coast has experienced foot complications in some form in their lives. A number all but surprising, considering the fact that people are up on their feet, putting all of their body weight through the soles of their feet most of the day.

Getting your feet and lower limbs checked regularly by a podiatrist can help to discover any predisposing factors.  This may help prevent much unnecessary pain and problems.

Podiatry practice is a discipline of medicine that’s obtaining recognition from people who are going through lower limb injuries. These injuries can be around the feet, the knee hip, and lower back.

Why are healthy feet and ankles so important?

People generally forget about taking care of their ankles and feet. Even though they hold by far, the most burdens of the human body. Day in Day out, they keep us balanced, absorb the vibration, and provide propulsion to allow us to move.

As you start to age people discover that their feet exhibit complications as a result of deterioration of extended years of use. Complications such as arthritis, reduced blood flow, damaged nerves may develop. With the aid of a podiatrist, they can study the cause of the problem, diagnose, and then suggest treatment strategies.

Podiatrists are experts in their respective fields

Becoming a podiatrist isn’t easy. It is an exclusive practice that necessitates the podiatry student to pass through 4 years of difficult university exams and 1000 hours of practical work.

At first sight, people believe that the feet are simply a basic portion of the human body. However, if we provide distinctive attention to how many bones, nerve fibers, connecting tissues, and joints located in the feet and ankles, and the stress that they go through, we’ll value and understand the importance of taking care of our feet.

Happy feet is the key to a happy life so make sure you get yours checked regularly by an experienced podiatrist in your area.