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Wearing a hat to keep your feet warm.

Posted by Happifeet Podiatry on May 23, 2020 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (3)

“One way to keep your feet warm is to wear a hat.” Our Senior Podiatrist, Tram Phan, explains below.

Brisbane has just been hit with the coldest day in May since 1922 and has us Queenslanders rummaging through our cupboards for our winter woolies. While our Melbournites are thinking, you call that cold? But it would be fair to say that living in the ‘sunshine state’ makes us unprepared for sudden extremes in cold weather.

One common question that we [podiatrists] get asked a lot is how do I keep my feet warm when it’s cold.

In extremely cold weather, some people may just experience a sensation that their feet and hands are really cold and uncomfortable but for others, especially if they have an underlying medical condition, it could mean purple toes and numbness to the point where there is no feeling at all or they experience intense pain.

When your body is exposed to cold weather the part of our brain that controls our body temperature starts sending messages to our blood vessels in our extremities to constrict in order to reduce heat loss from those areas.

This happens at the expense of your feet.

While your feet are important our body chooses to keep our vital organs such as our brain and heart protected even if it means not having enough blood flowing to our extremities. This can possibly result in frostbite and amputation in extremely cold conditions.

So why is wearing a hat going to help keep your feet warm?

While keeping our brain warm is crucial, we still manage to lose quite a bit of heat through our heads. This is part of the reason why it’s not recommended for babies to wear hats indoors as their heads can overheat under a hat.

So if our heads lose heat easily then it makes sense that wearing a hat will help stop that from happening. Once your head warms up, your brain will feel less need to constrict blood supply to your feet.

The next thing to do to keep your feet warm is to wear socks made from thick wool or bamboo fibres. Our patients have reported that these types of socks are best at retaining heat during the cold.

Lastly, protect your feet from getting wet. When we have moisture on our skin (from sweat or just water) it will evaporate when exposed to the open air. This process cools our skin down which helps during warmer weather but it’s the last thing we want when it’s cold.

So here is a summary of how to keep your feet warm in cold weather:
1. Wear a hat
2. Wear socks made of wool or bamboo fibres
3. Protect your feet from getting wet

At Happifeet Podiatry, we strive to help you be happy, healthy & active through caring for your feet. If you would like more information on this topic or any other foot related concerns, please don’t hesitate to send us a message. Our podiatrists will be more than happy to help you.

Do your kids suffer heel pain?

Posted by Happifeet Podiatry on May 30, 2019 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

With so many children involved in competitive school or club sports these days, it is not uncommon for parents and coaches to notice more foot, ankle and leg complaints from children.

These complaints can be due to an overuse injury, which develop with an increase in training frequency and intensity. Overuse injuries can affect anyone, they are certainly not limited to people who are elite athletes.

There are many parts of the body affected by overuse injuries. In the feet and legs, the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and even the growth plates (such as the one at the back of the heel bone or just below the knees) can all become sore.

Growth plates are where new bone growth occurs and while this is happening the growth plate is susceptible to injury. There is usually an intense, dull pain or ache after the child has been training or playing sports, sometimes accompanied by stiffness or tightness every time they are active. Some have found that sudden growth spurts in active kids can coincide with the beginning of overuse type injuries.

Overuse injuries develop slowly, and some may feel better after a few hours of rest, while others may suffer for days and not settle.

The most common overuse injury in young soccer players is called “Severs”. Severs is pain at the growth plate at the back of the heel and sometimes pain in their Achilles tendon.

While poor foot posture and muscular development can also be either a causing or aggravating factor, we have found that the poor design in their soccer boots to be a major cause of this extra stress and strain on their growth plate.

Our podiatrists are trained to assess children with these concerns in order to determine the cause of the problem.

No one wants to see their children suffering pain so it’s most important to find the correct diagnosis so that you know you’re treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms.

If the problem is their soccer boots, we can provide simple ways to modify the existing boots or give advice on what to look for in soccer boots.

Here are some questions that we typically ask a parent:

• Are they complaining of pain just after activity or at other times during the day/night too?

• Are they limping from the pain?

• How long does the pain stay around for?

• When did the pain start?

• What shoes/boots are they wearing while playing sports?

We normally recommend immediate treatment in children if they are experiencing pain - before it stops them from participating in their favourite activities.

We also advocate for preventative treatment, and if you feel that your child’s feet or walking style is causing you concern, we would highly recommend a podiatry assessment to find the root cause of the problem so that they don’t suffer pain or potential long-term foot problems later in life.

Happifeet Podiatry help people be happy, healthy & active through caring for their feet.

For more information please call Ph 3818 6300 or send us an email to

Written by Tram Phan (Senior Podiatrist/Director)

How to Choose the Right Shoe for Your Child

Posted by Happifeet Podiatry on June 19, 2018 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Helpful tips for parents of kids under the age of 3.

Written by one of Happifeet Podiatry’s Senior Podiatrists, Tram Phan (a mother of 2 boys and podiatrist for over 14 years, helping patients of all ages)

Why is it so important to wear correctly fitted shoes as a child?

Each human foot comprises of 26 bones. As a child, these bones are mostly cartilage; as the foot grows that cartilage begins to form its final shape and starts to harden and become bone. To put it simply, your child’s foot is very mouldable and adaptable to whatever shoe shape you put their foot into. If the shoes are too narrow and the wrong shape your child’s soft bones will mould into that narrow shape. If the shoes are too stiff, the muscles will learn to develop differently as they adapt to that stiff shoe. Having the wrong shoes on your child’s foot can lead to abnormal walking patterns like tip-toe-walking, pigeon toe-walking and toe deformities.

Not every pair of feet is the same. Some will need extra depth and height in the shoe because they have a “fleshy/chubby” foot while others need a wider shoe at their toes because their toes splay outwards.

Overall, studies have shown that good quality footwear positively affects the running and walking gait of children. So it is best to give your child the best start in life with good quality shoes. Go for Quality rather than quantity. They just need 2 types of footwear; a fully enclosed shoe and a sandal. These should be checked every 3 months and replaced as soon as they grow out of them so that their toes don’t buckle and curl up at the end of the shoe.

So how do you know which shoes are good for your child?

Firstly, barefoot is best for young children as they need to learn to adapt to different surfaces and develop their proprioception (which is an awareness of their feet in relation to the rest of their body and its surroundings). This helps with co-ordination, muscle strength and good arch development.

So if they need to put on a pair of shoes, it will make the most sense to choose a pair of shoes that will allow the feet to develop the same proprioception and normal development.

The following are a few things to keep in mind when choosing shoes for young children:

1. Most young children’s toes splay out so the shoe shape needs to be like a fan and also splay out so that their toes can wriggle freely.

2. When it comes to the soles of their shoes or sandals, they need to feel the ground so less is more. Have a good material for protection from the hot concrete and rocks at the park but most importantly have a flexible soft sole so that it can be folded in half in your hand.

3. No restrictions around the ankle. Nothing that will pinch or stop them from moving naturally in their shoes.

If you have any further questions or concerns, you can email the team at Happifeet Podiatry – Shoe Shop & Podiatry (Middle Park & Springfield Lakes) on the details below. We are more than happy to help.

Happifeet Podiatry can Play a Big Part in Your Weight Loss.

Posted by Happifeet Podiatry on March 16, 2018 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

As professionals we are not suppose to have favorites but Kris Capri is one of ours.

He is a lovely 37-year-old man who loves collecting Paw Patrol and Yugio cards and is a self-professed expert on anything The Sims or Star Wars related. He also has diabetes and has struggled most of his life to control his weight.

Like a lot people, Kris found that as his weight increased it was harder to be active. Even taking his dog Jett for a causal walk was uncomfortable. “The additional weight load on your feet places a lot of stress & strain on the 52 bones, 66 joints & over 200 muscles, tendons & ligaments that make-up your feet,” says Happifeet Senior Podiatrist, Tram.

But along with his very supportive family, Kris had signed up to a professional weight loss program run by his endocrinologist. Part of his weight loss program is more exercise but with problem feet this was difficult. Happifeet Podiatry was happy to be involved in Kris’s journey and help improve his ability to exercise again.

“Kris admittedly presented with interesting feet”, says Tram. His arches are not flat. He actually has a particular foot structure that results in him rolling out when he walks. This, in combination with his feet turning outwards, results in excessive stress placed on the outside of his ankles. Our goal was to help Kris increase his activity levels without creating pain or discomfort in his feet or ankles.

Our first step was to obtain suitable footwear that would fit his wide and deep foot shape. We measured Kris for a pair of walking shoes from a company called (appropriately) Dr. Comfort. A very distinct brand that specialises in custom fitted footwear. They have a variety of shoe styles & sizes that come in three different widths – Medium, Wide & Extra Wide.

Step 2 was to address Kris’s foot structure. We carried out a biomechanical assessment and took an impression of Kris’s feet. From these measurements we designed a custom made orthotic device that corrected his foot and ankle alignment and restricted how much he rolled his ankle with each step.

[A biomechanical assessment is where measurements are taken from your hips to your feet and then translated into how your entire body moves and functions when you walk and exercise. Our podiatrists use these measurements to determine the prescription and design of your orthotic devices.]

Step 3 was to combine his pair of custom – fitted Dr. Comfort walking shoes with his custom – made Orthotic devices. Once these orthotic devices were carefully positioned into his Dr. Comfort shoes, Kris was able to wear them for everyday use as well as for his regular walks.

Kris has now lost over 22 kilograms since he started this journey a year ago. His blood sugar levels have also reduced and he is well on his way to his goal weight. He even enrolled the help of a little puppy friend, Jett, to keep him motivated on his walks. Well-done Kris! Happifeet Podiatry are all very proud of you.

If you have issues with exercise due to discomfort or pain in your knees, legs, ankles or feet, Contact Happifeet Podiatry on phone 3818 6300 today. Don’t put it off any longer. We can help support you and your feet in feeling comfortable while exercising to keep you Happy, Healthy & Active.

Make 2018 pain free and great!

Happifeet Podiatry is a Shoe Shop & Podiatry Clinic located in Middle Park & Springfield Lakes.