The Conditions We Treat

Our Tauranga and Auckland foot specialists believe that quality of life is important – and that means the ability to move freely! We use advanced hands-on assessment techniques that treat the underlying cause of your foot problems, and provide measurable and objective feedback on your progress. 

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Some of the Common Conditions Our Podiatrists Treat Everyday


A bunion is a deviation of the big toe towards the middle of the foot. Without treatment, a bony growth may develop around the joint. Bunions are usually but not always painful, and generally result in osteoarthritis within the big toe joint. Gentle Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) can move the joint back into position, and strengthen nearby muscles to reinforce this change

Heel pain

Normally, heel pain or pain in the arch of the foot is due to a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. The condition is brought on by misalignment of the joints, leading to inflammation of the tissue under the bottom of the foot (known as “fascia”). The pulling causes small tears in the tissue, which bleed and cause considerable pain. Often, the pain is noticed during the first step of the day or following periods of rest. This can be a serious problem and will eventually restrict daily activity if left untreated. The longer plantar fasciitis is left untreated, the more treatment that is required – with attendance time and costs involved. Fortunately, our Tauranga foot specialists address the underlying cause so you can move freely and maintain an active lifestyle.

Dorsal foot pain

There are many causes of dorsal foot pain. When the foot flattens during a step, the bones on the top of the foot compress together, which can lead to pain and discomfort. FMT, combined with targeted exercises, can address the underlying cause of dorsal foot pain to improve foot function and joint movements – and ultimately relieve foot pain.

Ball of foot pain

Metatarsalgia is a general term used to describe pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot. Morton’s neuroma, nerve entrapment and metatarsal bursa are all conditions that cause pain in the ball of the foot. These conditions are extremely common and can be very limiting. Symptoms include sharp/shooting pains, burning, aching and numbness. Some describe the pain as what it feels like to stand on a pebble. If these conditions are not treated correctly, surgery may be required. These conditions are primarily caused by the way we stand and the alignment of our joints.

Hammer toes

A clawed toe is a painful condition caused by contraction of the middle and end joints in the toe. Muscular imbalances in the front of the foot cause connective tissues to become unnaturally tight and results in a “curling down” of the toe. This creates a number of problems, including severe foot pain. FMT can treat clawed toes by improving the function of the foot’s connective tissues. By treating the underlying cause of clawed toes, FMT reduces the need for painful and costly surgery.

Ankle pain

Ankle sprains cause joint and ligament damage over time which leads to weak and dodgy ankles. Studies suggest that up 70% of ankle sprains (even minor ones) may have negitive long-term effects resuting in a loss of mobility. Unfortunatley, loss of mobility creats pain and symptoms. Our podiatrists in Tauranga will develop a podiatry treatment strategy including FMT and corrective exercises to address the underlying cause of the ankle pain.

Foot Mobilisation Therapy might be the best solution for you

Foot Mobilisation techniques have evolved from combining the podiatric biomechanical understanding of the foot and leg, with the physical manual techniques used by physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractics to treat foot specific injuries

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