Podiatrists are highly skilled foot health professionals trained to deal with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists have completed a Bachelor of Podiatry or higher degree, and are continually upgrading their skills and knowledge through further education training.
Regular visits to your podiatrist can help prevent recurrences of heel pain and other associated foot problems. While heel pain has many causes, it is usually the result of a bio-mechanical imbalance (abnormalities in the way we walk), too much stress on the heel bone and the tissues attached to it, or complications from certain systemic diseases such as arthritis or diabetes.
Podiatrists use a range of methods to treat heel pain and associated foot problems, including exercise and shoe recommendations, orthoses (shoe inserts), taping or strapping and anti-inflammatory creams. Most heel pain can be effectively treated without surgery.
Other routine professional services include management of corns and callous; plantar warts and if required, permanent resolution of ingrown nails. An in room procedure that our Podiatrist has performed some 1500 times.
Michael Randles – Podiatrist
Michael Randles has been in private practice for 20 years, graduating initially in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Education and then in 1990 with a Bachelor of Podiatry. He was Dux of his final year in 1989 receiving the Registration Board of Victoria Prize. Michael was also the recipient of ‘The Harley Award’ for excellence in orthotic therapy and ‘The John Disste Award’ for excellence in functional anatomy.
He has a broad base of experience including consultancy to industry including the Australian Defence Force and AFL team St Kilda Football Club. Michael has particular interest and competency in treating overuse injury of the foot and lower limb injuries in children, adolescents and active adults, and has appeared on Radio SEN discussing football boots and assisting listener’s general inquiries.