Welcome to Peak Podiatry
Well, here we are in October already…dare we say Christmas is only a blink away!

Winter sports have been done and won. Football, Netball, and Soccer are all taking a break to name a few. We hope everyone got through the winter season healthy, active and injury free.

Whilst winter draws to a close, the summer season is set to explode. We have been working with our Western Warriors and Western Fury Cricket squads which are now well and truly underway, along with keeping our West Coast Fever netball girls and NBA champions Perth Wildcats on court.

Time to dig out the kit as the athletics track season kicks in. The New York City Marathon in November and Busselton Ironman in December will keep many of our patients hard at training.

There’s been a lot going on at Peak. In this edition we celebrate the Western Force presentation night and Peak out and about.

There’s great information and tips for all our athletes, mums and dads also making the most of your private health insurance that you’ve already paid for. We take a look at Hypermobility and Patellofemoral Knee Pain syndromes and we take a break to chat to our lovely Sports Pod, Sarah Bissett.

Don’t forget to check-out our website which is packed with a heap of great information, education sheets and videos to make life easy and convenient for you.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this edition of Peak Pages and remember – happy feet make happy people

Latest News

We would like to bid a sad farewell to the Western Force Family (it was more than a team) after the axing from Super Rugby. The Force are one of a number of teams we are looking after here at Peak Podiatry and the news was very disappointing to us all. We truly wish the players, coaching staff and everyone involved at the Force the best of luck going ahead.

Tips and Tricks

Use It or Lose It!

Do you have private health cover? Have you used up your extras cover for this year?

Are you sick and tired of swapping your orthotics between shoes or are your orthotics looking a bit worse for wear?

Did you know most health insurance funds:

  • Have an annual limit on how much you can claim on Extras.
  • Will cover one set of orthoses per calendar year.
  • IMPORTANT: The amount usually resets each calendar year.

This means you only have a short time left to use any remaining allowance you have. This is something you have already paid for, and in most cases, will lose whether you use it or not.

It is always a good idea to speak with your health fund to discuss your personal situation and your remaining benefits before you visit us. Just so you have no surprises when you settle your account.

The end of the year is one of the busiest times at Peak Podiatry, so it is important to make your appointment before the 15th December. This allows you to have enough time to complete any services and treatments you require before the end of the year.

Does your fat Hurt?

You may find it hard to believe, but you can in fact injure your fat. Pain in the base of your heel, and around the peripheral of your heel can be related to your fat pad, and the diagnosis of fat pad syndrome in the foot, is more common than you think.

The fat pad of the foot is a thick padding, that protects and covers the base of the heel and also wraps around the inside, outside and back of the heel. Structurally comprised of a series of vertical columns (called septa) that contain fat tissue. Think of these like little bean bag balls. These septa provide an organisational structure to these bean bag balls.

Read more.

Hypermobility Syndrome

This is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for that particular joint. Hypermobile joints are sometimes referred to as “loose joints”, and those affected are referred to as being “double jointed”. Symptoms of the joint hypermobility syndrome include pain primarily in the feet, ankles and knees. In some cases joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and requires no treatment.

However for many, loose and unstable joints give rise to pain and limitation. This may be muscle pain as muscles work harder to provide stability, or even joint pain due to incongruence and dysfunction.

Treatment will be focused on relieving pain by strengthening surrounding muscles and stabilizing the joints through a variety of means. Footwear and orthoses are very effective for such individuals.

Read more.

Patellofemoral Syndrome (Knee Pain)

“The foot bones connected to the knee bone…”

Foot function is but one of a number of factors influencing knee pain, however an important one. As the foot collapses, the coupling affect is internal rotation of the lower leg.

Patello Femoral Syndrome refers to pain arising from under and around the knee cap. The knee cap is designed to move up and down within a special groove at the end of the thigh bone. If the knee cap starts to “track” to the side pain develops… The most common symptom experienced is pain worsening with running and also going up and down stairs.

Common causes can be poor foot mechanics, improper footwear and weakness or an imbalance of the surrounding and influencing muscles.

Treatment will include a global approach to all factors to enable a long term resolution. This may include an adequate gait assessment, review of footwear and orthotic therapy if needed to improve foot biomechanics. Along with importantly strengthening affected muscles and consideration to gait and activity technique.

Read more.

Peak Performance – Out and About

Western Force Presentation Night

It was a real privilege to be part of the 2017 Western Force Annual Awards Night. Rookie No. 8 and flanker Isi Naisarani took out the 2017 Nathan Sharpe Medal.

Shoes, shoes and more shoes.

Great to get the hands on the latest and greatest and see whats coming out in the next quarter release.

This means we can ensure your shoe prescription is spot on.

Hassan was really looking forward to the Oxfam 2017

He has been volunteering for the last couple of years and signed up this year to help out again. Unfortunately, due to the horrible weather the 100Km race was cancelled. We’re sure he’s already keen for next year!


Sarah Bissett

Why did you choose Podiatry?

As a child my family were always very active and involved in sport. I suffered from shin pain during my little athletics days. It wasn’t until I went to a Podiatrist that the problem was resolved. I was keen on science at school and it seemed like a good fit.

How would you describe your time at PEAK

Working at Peak has been fantastic. I think to be happy at work you need to be surrounded by the right people and have a shared passion for what you do. This mix is right at Peak.

Interests outside of podiatry

I try to keep up my fitness with a running group, the social aspect and coffee sampling is just as important as the running!

I love the outdoors and with a toddler in the house we like to explore new parks or get out along the coast.

Favourite food

Mums spinach pie.

Favourite quote

“Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you will look back and realise they were the big things” Winnie the Pooh

Favourite sporting moment

I think the first time I really felt the impact of sport was being at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the atmosphere at the events and around the city was electric.