The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z Harmony is more important than ever this week 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z harmony-is-more-important-than-ever-this-week Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These events remind us that ‘harmony’ within our communities and across society rests on recognising the dignity of every person, while welcoming diversity. “That is how we promote the human rights of everyone. “This year’s Harmony Week shows us how important it is that we all promote inclusion and end discrimination based on differences in heritage, culture or belief.” This year’s AASW World Social Work Day events took time to reflect on the tragedy in Christchurch and how important social work values are in countering racism. Ms Craik said, “Social workers are passionate advocates for justice and helping families, communities and societies to build relationships based on solidarity and mutual respect. “This is how we will eliminate racial discrimination in our country. We need to reflect on the culture that can make politicians believe that there are votes to be gained by blaming refugees, immigrants or Indigenous people for issues that are not related to them, such as pressure on health care, crowded cities or welfare spending. It’s the same culture that led to the terrible act of violence last Friday.” “Social workers are dedicated to creating a society which is just and inclusive in which it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. Eliminating racial discrimination is fundamental to our vision. “Now is the time when we look to our leaders to set an example and we call on politicians, business and community groups to commit to join us in eliminating all forms of discrimination.” Christine Craik is available for interview. AMHSWs are experts in complexity, new report published today says 2019-03-21T01:40:39Z amhsws-are-experts-in-complexity-new-report-published-today-says Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) provide a vital service to those experiencing mental health disorders according to its new report Accredited Mental Health Social Workers: Qualifications, Skills and Experience. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This report will be an important resource in the Association’s advocacy for greater recognition of AMHSWs under Medicare, other programs, and private health funds. “In documenting the breadth of skills and experience, high standard of qualification of AMHSWs, this report demonstrates that AMHSWs are truly experts in complexity.” AMHSWs are one of the few designated allied health professional groups eligible to provide private mental health services to people with diagnosable mental health conditions or people ‘at risk’ of developing mental health conditions under the Commonwealth Medicare initiative. There are currently more than 2,200 AMHSWs working across major cities, regional, rural and remote regions. As a group of providers, AMHSWs are the second largest after the combined group of Clinical Psychologists and Registered Psychologists. This report provides an overview of the skills, knowledge and services provided by AMHSWs, and is based on extensive analysis of AASW data, including 2013 and 2018 member surveys. According to the report: More than 40 per cent of AMHSWs provide services in rural and remote areas More than 60 per cent of AMHSWs have postgraduate qualifications More than 75 per cent of AMHSWs have over 10 years’ practice experience AMHSWs use a wide range of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy, strengths-based approach and mindfulness People can access the service of AMHSWs through several programs including Medicare, NDIS, DVA and some private health funds. To further illustrate the contribution of AMHSWs, illustrative case studies are included throughout. The AASW is responsible for the accreditation of AMHSWs and is committed to maintaining the high standard of practice of the profession in this sector. Read the complete report. Access the infographic that summarises the report. Christine Craik is available for interview. An interview with an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker is also available. GFA World To Drill Over 4,000 “Jesus Wells” in Asia’s Most Thirsty Hotspots 2019-03-20T06:22:47Z gfa-world-to-drill-over-4-000-jesus-wells-in-asia-s-most-thirsty-hotspots Toowoomba, QLD--Faith-based humanitarian agency GFA World (Gospel For Asia) today announced plans to drill more than 4,000 of its unique “Jesus Wells” in the most needy communities this year, as World Water Day on March 22 spotlights the struggle to satisfy the world’s growing thirst. GFA (www.gfaau.org) - a leading provider of clean water in Asia’s most thirsty hotspots – has helped drill thousands of wells and supply tens of thousands of household BioSand water filters where water shortages are most critical.   World Water Day highlights the vital importance of access to clean drinking water as a basic human right – this year under the theme “leaving no one behind.”   “Absolutely no one should be left behind when it comes to the most basic need of life – not just water, but clean water,” said GFA founder Dr. KP Yohannan.  “Our goal is to provide a long-term, solution in the water-starved villages and communities we serve, giving everyone access to fresh water and providing the training they need to keep their new well pumping clean water for decades to come.”   In some areas of Asia during the long dry season, villagers wait more than six months for rain, helplessly watching rivers and watering holes dry up.  Often the only water source – a dirty pond – spawns illnesses such as typhoid and chronic diarrhea that threaten children’s lives.   The answer is under the ground, tapping fresh water reserves deep below the surface – and GFA World provided a unique solution with “Jesus Wells.”   Transforming life in these thirsty communities, Jesus Wells supply clean water for entire villages – and share the hope of Christ with those who have never heard the “good news,” serving everyone regardless of religious beliefs.   Costing an average of $1,400 per well and often maintained by local volunteers, Jesus Wells are built to last for decades, and display a plaque in the local language, quoting Jesus from the Gospel of John: 'Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:13-14).   "Many people ask regarding this name that we have on the plaque,” said Pastor Layak, a local church leader.  “Then they come to know that (Jesus) cares for the people's needs and for their lives."   Sparked by their interest in the Jesus Well and grateful for the gift of clean water, some villagers have chosen to follow Christ.   Wells are drilled deep enough to reach water even at the driest point of the year, in some places up to 1,500 feet deep to tap the freshest and most dependable water supply, with each Jesus Well serving 300 people on average.   GFA World just released a new report titled “Dying of Thirst” that reveals insights into what experts are calling a “worldwide water crisis”: www.gfa.ca/special-report/dying-of-thirst-global-water-crisis.   Water shortages will have the most devastating impact on the nearly 2 billion people who live in arid and desert regions, and who currently share only 2 percent of the planet’s usable water, the report says.  GFA World projects the crisis will deepen as the world’s population spikes and demand for drinkable water skyrockets by 30 percent in the next 30 years.   GFA concludes that key interventions can prevent the crisis from getting worse – with drilling deep wells and training locals to maintain them at the top of the list.   Meanwhile, GFA’s Jesus Wells continue to transform lives and hearts. "People are saying: 'This is because of God's grace.  Only with our God this has happened’,” Pastor Layak said.   ###   GFA World ( www.gfaau.org) is a leading faith-based humanitarian and mission agency, bringing vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear the "good news" of Jesus Christ. In 2018, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,100 villages and remote communities, over 4,700 wells drilled, over 11,400 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 240,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. Balance for Better: Social workers call for action on gender inequality 2019-03-07T23:21:33Z balance-for-better-social-workers-call-for-action-on-gender-inequality The 2019 theme of International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) calling for action on gender inequality. AASW National President Christine Craik said gender equality is vital to health and future of our nation, and to the work of social workers. Ms Craik said, “We need to recognise that when women are disadvantaged, we are all poorer. “Social workers feel the effects of gender inequality both professionally and personally. Professionally, we strive to address the effects of gender inequality with the people and communities we work with at an individual and a systems level. “Personally, social work is also a female dominated profession. It is a highly skilled occupation which can often carry elements of risk in practice. However, like many other female dominated professions, social work is often not paid at the rate of similar male dominated professions, nor does it come with the status of male dominated professions that carry the same risks and the same (or often lower) qualification levels. Social workers well understand the need to Balance for Better. “Australia’s report card for gender equality is not looking good. More women than ever before are being incarcerated around Australia for crimes of poverty and through living lives influenced by trauma, family violence and sexual abuse. “There is an alarming increase in homelessness for women and children as a result of family violence and for women over the age of 55, many of whom find themselves with little in the way of superannuation or savings, due to their years of unpaid and uncounted work of caring and child-rearing. Government policies such as the Centrelink automated debt recovery scheme, robodebt, and the ParentsNext program are punitive, deficit-based and are contributing to increasing numbers of women and children living in poverty. “If we are to Balance for Better this International Women’s Day, then we must address the root causes of inequality and the misogynistic and discriminatory policies which devalue and fail women. If these are not addressed, then the inequitable situation we currently have will continue to enable the unacceptable rates of family violence, sexual violence, poverty, and homelessness that we see now. “This starts with recognising women as equals and that the work women do is of equal value to that of men, whether it is paid or unpaid. It means recognising that women need to be in positions of power, including on boards and in government. “Then we will truly be able to Balance for Better.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Bauer Signals Major Campaign Against Sexually Transmitted Debt and Female Financial Abuse 2019-03-07T23:14:45Z bauer-signals-major-campaign-against-sexually-transmitted-debt-and-female-financial-abuse Bauer Media, Australia’s leading multi-platform publisher, has today launched a major campaign designed to empower and educate the nation’s more than 12 million women about their personal finances and financial abuse. According to research based on the Australian Bureau of Statistic 2012 Personal Safety Survey 15.7% of women had experienced economic abuse in their lifetimes with the risk of economic abuse peaking at 20.9% for women between the ages of 40 and 49. The campaign, entitled Financially Fit Females, will be run across Bauer’s 36 media brands, including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Australian Women’s Weekly, and Woman’s Day with a combined readership of some 7.5 million. At a breakfast in Sydney to celebrate International Women’s Day, Jane Waterhouse, General Manager of Bauer’s Story 54 said that the campaign is centered around one of the most serious problems facing many Australian women; not having full control and understanding of their finances and how this can lead to financial and economic abuse. “This campaign will sit at the heart of Bauer’s activist agenda over the coming year and into the future,” Ms. Waterhouse said. The Financially Fit Females campaign will drive 1 million actions to increase understanding and educate women around key issues: Financial and economic abuse; what it is and how to recognise it Savings and investments Maximizing super Being paid appropriately Navigating separation and divorce Anna Bligh, CEO of the Australian Banking Association, acknowledges Bauer’s Financially Fit Females campaign is an important initiative. “Helping women to fully understand and be informed and confident in their financial decisions is important and will go a long way towards addressing the many issues associated with female financial abuse”, Ms Bligh said. According to last year’s Melbourne Institutes HILDA survey, Australian women are much less financially literate than men with 85 percent of women under 35 not fully understanding “fundamental investment concepts”. Bauer’s finance editor Effie Zahos said, “Women are just as much a part of our economy as men, but many still seem to have a poor understanding of important financial concepts and activities. “The way a woman deals with savings, superannuation, separation, the gender pay gap and other significant issues can spell the difference between living a financially comfortable life or not.” Womans Day editor-in-chief Fiona Connolly said major problems could emerge when a woman does not understand her finances and more significantly leaves their management to a partner. “The situation can become dire for older women whose partners take control of their joint finances, leading to women being forced to live in domestic poverty and suffering from financial abuse. “The facts are that financial abuse is highly gendered with more than 15 percent of women experiencing financial abuse often in romantic relationships. “Sexually transmitted debt and inappropriate financial affairs are very real problems for tens of thousands of Australian women,” Ms Connolly said. Mr Paul Dykzeul, Bauer Media CEO said the Financially Fit Females campaign will build on Bauer’s successful participation in the community push last year to have the GST on female sanitary products, aka “the tampon tax” removed. “What is now clearer than ever is that a concerted media campaign by a publisher like Bauer around significant women’s issues can have an impact and force real change. “At Bauer we make no apology for fighting hard for the things women value and we look forward to whichever political party forms government after the election joining with us to drive education for women around their financials,” Mr Dykzeul said. Further facts on female economic abuse: The life-time prevalence of economic abuse for women is 15.7%, while for men it's 7.1 % Women are less likely to be involved in financial planning, acquiring and managing long-term investments The risk of economic abuse peaks between the ages of 40 and 49. In this age group, 20.9% of women and 10.3% of men reported economic abuse. Among women who have sought help from domestic violence services, the prevalence of economic abuse ranges from 78% to 99% Women were more likely to have a history of economic abuse if they were separated or divorced; had a lower levels of education; were unemployed; or lived in households with second and lowest income quintiles. Banking, savings and investments. – Women are less likely than men to have investments and have 20% less in savings and investments (Source: Roy Morgan) Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, Dec 18. Total unduplicated Bauer network. Australian-First Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks For Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder 2019-02-23T21:00:00Z australian-first-autism-and-drowning-report-highlights-serious-risks-for-those-with-autism-spectrum-disorder MEDIA RELEASE 24 February 2019 Australian-First Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks For Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning An Australian-first report launched today by Autism Swim addresses the very serious risk factors associated with “wandering” and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research indicates that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children.[1] Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson says the report, Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issue brings together, for the first time, the most pertinent evidence-based data to better understand the drowning deaths associated with ASD and wandering (also sometimes referred to as absconding, elopement or fleeing). The report provides a valuable and compelling insight into why we need toraise awareness of this tragically common issue and what needs to take place to reduce the number of drowning deaths. Senior Behaviour and Skill Development Specialist in ASD and Cognitive Deficit, Erika Gleeson says that wandering is very common among children with ASD, with nearly 50% reported to wander.[2] Wandering is when the individual tries to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area. This has the potential to result in harm or injury. “Wandering is a very stressful behavior for parents of children with ASD – 58% report it as the most stressful.[3] Many children with ASD are particularly attracted to water, therefore drowning is a significant risk for those who wander. “In addition to drowning, wandering brings other high-risk factors including exposure to the elements, dehydration, falls, hypothermia, traffic injuries or encounters with strangers.” [4] “It’s alarming to think that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children. Yet, so very little is known or reported about this issue.” It was this lack of knowledge and resources around wandering and the risk of drowning that prompted Erika Gleeson to establish Autism Swim in 2016. This organisation is the first and only certifying body in the world specific to ASD and aquatics. “Autism Swim’s mission is to ensure parents, care givers, aquatic professionals and the community at large have access to the necessary knowledge, practical skills and support relating to wandering and drowning prevention. “To do this, Autism Swim certifies swim centres, swim instructors, therapists, and other aquatic professionals as ‘Autism Swim Approved’. Additionally, they run a range of programs such as their modified “Nippers” program, called Dippers at beaches around Australia. “Parents benefit from receiving expert resources, training, workshops, individualised programs and strategies on preventing their child / children from wandering and drowning. Importantly, those with ASD benefit from specialist preventive and responsive programs and water safety education. The Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issuereport provides a clear outlook on the way forward in starting to rectify some of the associated challenges.” This Australian social enterprise has been embraced globally, with Autism Swim currently operating across six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Canada and USA. To download a free copy of the report, learn more about how to become an Autism Swim Approved swim centre, instructor or other aquatic professional; locating these services, as well as other drowning prevention tools for parents and those living with ASD, visit www.autismswim.com.au Join us on Facebook (@Austimswim) Find us on Instagram (autism_swim) ENDS ABOUT AUTISM SWIM Autism Swim, founded in Australia, is an international, social enterprise of experts specialising in the prevention of wandering occurrences and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other abilities. MEDIA CONTACT: To arrange an interview with Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson, and/or a parent of a child with ASD, please contact: Cheryl Pettinau QUAY Communications Ph. 02 9386 9161 or 0424 157 714 Email. cheryl@quaycommunications.com.au [1]J Guan, G Li. Injury Mortality in Individuals with Autism. American Journal of Public Health. 107, no.5 (1 May 2017): pp 791-793. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303696. [2]L McIlwain, W Fournier. Lethal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Wandering and Elopement. National Autism Association. January 2012. [3]ibid [4]E Gleeson. Autism Swim, Wandering – A Community Responsibility. 2018. Accessed via https://autismswim.com.au/2018/04/23/wandering-a-community-responsibility/ News Opportunity: Australian-first Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder 2019-02-21T04:52:11Z news-opportunity-australian-first-autism-and-drowning-report-highlights-serious-risks-for-those-with-autism-spectrum-disorder Embargo: 24 February 2019 00:01am Australian-First Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks For Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning An Australian-first report launched today by Autism Swim addresses the very serious risk factors associated with “wandering” and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research indicates that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children.[1] Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson says the report, Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issue brings together, for the first time, the most pertinent evidence-based data to better understand the drowning deaths associated with ASD and wandering (also sometimes referred to as absconding, elopement or fleeing). The report provides a valuable and compelling insight into why we need to raise awareness of this tragically common issue and what needs to take place to reduce the number of drowning deaths. Senior Behaviour and Skill Development Specialist in ASD and Cognitive Deficit, Erika Gleeson says that wandering is very common among children with ASD, with nearly 50% reported to wander.[2] Wandering is when the individual tries to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area. This has the potential to result in harm or injury. “Wandering is a very stressful behavior for parents of children with ASD – 58% report it as the most stressful.[3] Many children with ASD are particularly attracted to water, therefore drowning is a significant risk for those who wander. “In addition to drowning, wandering brings other high-risk factors including exposure to the elements, dehydration, falls, hypothermia, traffic injuries or encounters with strangers.” [4] “It’s alarming to think that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children. Yet, so very little is known or reported about this issue.” It was this lack of knowledge and resources around wandering and the risk of drowning that prompted Erika Gleeson to establish Autism Swim in 2016. This organisation is the first and only certifying body in the world specific to ASD and aquatics. “Autism Swim’s mission is to ensure parents, care givers, aquatic professionals and the community at large have access to the necessary knowledge, practical skills and support relating to wandering and drowning prevention. “To do this, Autism Swim certifies swim centres, swim instructors, therapists, and other aquatic professionals as ‘Autism Swim Approved’. Additionally, they run a range of programs such as their modified “Nippers” program, called Dippers at beaches around Australia. “Parents benefit from receiving expert resources, training, workshops, individualised programs and strategies on preventing their child / children from wandering and drowning. Importantly, those with ASD benefit from specialist preventive and responsive programs and water safety education. The Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issue report provides a clear outlook on the way forward in starting to rectify some of the associated challenges.” This Australian social enterprise has been embraced globally, with Autism Swim currently operating across six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Canada and USA. To download a free copy of the report, learn more about how to become an Autism Swim Approved swim centre, instructor or other aquatic professional; locating these services, as well as other drowning prevention tools for parents and those living with ASD, visit www.autismswim.com.au Join us on Facebook (@Austimswim) Find us on Instagram (autism_swim) ENDS ABOUT AUTISM SWIM Autism Swim, founded in Australia, is an international, social enterprise of experts specialising in the prevention of wandering occurrences and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other abilities. MEDIA CONTACT: To arrange an interview with Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson, and/or a parent of a child with ASD, or to visit a Dippers program at Coogee beach on Sunday 24 February, please contact: Cheryl Pettinau QUAY Communications Ph. 02 9386 9161 or 0424 157 714 Email. cheryl@quaycommunications.com.au [1] J Guan, G Li. Injury Mortality in Individuals with Autism. American Journal of Public Health. 107, no.5 (1 May 2017): pp 791-793. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303696. [2] L McIlwain, W Fournier. Lethal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Wandering and Elopement. National Autism Association. January 2012. [3] ibid [4] E Gleeson. Autism Swim, Wandering – A Community Responsibility. 2018. Accessed via https://autismswim.com.au/2018/04/23/wandering-a-community-responsibility/ Why Do My Heels Hurt - Plantar Fasciitis Says Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist 2019-02-19T22:00:26Z why-do-my-heels-hurt-plantar-fasciitis-says-leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist If you experience a sharp stabbing pain in your heel, especially first thing in the morning, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to podiatrists. Heel pain to the extent that it disrupts your preparation for the day, is cause for some concern. Leading Sports Podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin, understands this common complaint and possibilities for treatment. "The plantar fascia is a collection of strong connective tissue and ligaments that support the foot arch," says Lin. "Composed of a broad band of collagen fibres, the plantar fascia absorb walking related shock, and any time you are pounding your heels down while you walk, all that shock goes to the plantar fascia." It seems too much hard walking and not enough cushioning can damage the plantar fascia. Fallen arches and flat feet unbalance the biomechanical system of the feet and can contribute to the development of the condition. Lin agrees and adds, "Wearing high heels often can lead to development of plantar fasciitis, as this causes the Achilles tendon to tighten." Sorry Jimmy Choo! "The condition is also more prevalent with ageing, as the heels naturally flatten as we grow older, putting tension on the ligament," Lin says. Why does my heel hurt in the morning? A sore heel in the morning, also known as ‘first-step’ pain, is post static dyskinesia which is pain that’s worse and most noticeable after rest, or after getting out of bed in the morning. Lin comments, “During the day, the fascia adapts to the impact of daily movement but during sleep, the ligaments and connective tissue of the foot and calf naturally contract. When stretched out again as you take your first morning steps, this can cause a sharp stabbing pain. This is a typical indication of strain on the tendons and fascia”. Nerve entrapment A nerve entrapment condition called Baxter’s neuritis can also be caused by plantar fasciitis and is often misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, as the symptoms overlap. "Neuritis in the foot is fairly common, as the nerves can easily be damaged when any other part of the foot suffers an injury. In the case of plantar fasciitis and Baxter’s neuritis, small tears in the plantar fascia cause inflammation and thickening of the tissue. This can pinch or trap the Baxter’s nerve, which runs under the plantar fascia," says Lin. The pain is often described as a shooting pain from the heel to the middle of the foot, and some sufferers are unable to stand on their feet for more than a few minutes. What’s worse is that pain medication may not bring relief. Heel spurs Chronic inflammation and pulling on the plantar fascia can result in the development of a heel spur. This is a bony growth that develops underneath the heel bone or on the back of it and is also related to tightness in the Achilles tendon. A heel spur can become very painful, especially when it rubs on the Baxter’s nerve. Treatment for heel pain Heel pain treatment is focussed on reducing pressure on the heel and alleviating the stress in the soft tissue of the foot. Footwork Podiatry offer various non-invasive treatments to alleviate heel pain, with Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® being principal among these. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a hands-on therapeutic method used to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg. Lin says, "FMT improves joint mobility by breaking up connective tissue adhesions and restrictions around the joints. Freeing up these restrictions and relieving stiffness improves the position of the joints to naturally restore optimal biomechanics." What is Trigenics? On the other hand, TRIGENICS® is a neurological muscle assessment, treatment and training system which reprograms the way the brain communicates with the body. Mark Lin is the first Podiatrist in Australia to be trained and specialised in this unique neuro-muscular treatment system. Says Lin, “When a joint, tendon, muscle or ligament suffers damage, stress or injury, their nerve sensors send improper or false signals which confuse the brain. The brain responds by sending false controlling signals to the muscles and tendons. These muscles then become neurologically tight or weak, causing dysfunctional joint movement through a process known as neurological inhibition. If left untreated, this leads to weak links and abnormal muscle pull patterns, resulting in chronic pain, re-injury and deterioration”. Footwork Podiatry employ a multi-modal treatment system, combining Trigenics® with a number of other treatment techniques for a cumulative therapeutic effect and enhanced treatment outcome, Radial Shockwave therapy is another cutting-edge technology. This technique uses high-intensity sound wave treatment to break down scar tissue or adhesions and stimulate tissue repair. The sound waves penetrate up to 4cm deep and create therapeutic cavitation bubbles and microscopic biological effects within the tissue, activating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Shockwave therapy has proven to be effective where around 80% of patients report a substantial improvement of their condition after only three treatment sessions. Contact Footwork Podiatry to find out how Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® can assist with your heel pain. They can help reduce reliance on medication for pain relief for chronic conditions and they will perform a measurable and functional assessment to determine whether you are at risks of other pain and injuries. Their evidence-based assessment system allows them to collect meaningful data that convert to an accurate treatment plan. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. This information is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Explains Why Manual Therapy is the Preferred Alternative Treatment for Bunions 2019-02-17T22:00:52Z leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist-explains-why-manual-therapy-is-the-preferred-alternative-treatment-for-bunions If your big toe points towards your smaller toes, or you have a bony growth on the side of your big toe, you probably have a condition called Hallux Valgus commonly known as bunions. This deviation of the big toe towards the smaller toes causes a bony growth or bunion to form on the side or over the top of the big toe joint. Bunions are usually but not always immediately painful and can make wearing shoes difficult and uncomfortable, says leading sports podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin. "They can also cause embarrassment due to the change in appearance of the sufferer’s feet." Studies show that symptoms often only occur after the condition has progressed to an advanced level. Therefore by the time a bunion starts hurting, significant irreversible damage has already occurred. Lin's associate, Wei Lee says "Bunions are generally believed to be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight, inherited genetic traits or by medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis." Lin adds, "Stress on the foot from participating in sports can also be a cause. However the primary cause is often due to an underlying biomechanical problem in the feet, resulting in a compensation which results in a bunion being formed." Bunions are caused primarily by the way that a person walks and stands. Misalignment of the ankle, restricted joints in the foot, inactive foot muscles, flatfeet and foot pronation can all contribute to the development of a bunion. If left untreated, deviation of the big toe is likely to increase over time, resulting in the bunion getting larger. This can lead to secondary issues including osteoarthritis. The smaller toes may also develop deformities causing hammertoes or clawed toes. Both bunions and hammertoes are progressive and do not go away by themselves. Introducing an Alternative to Bunion Surgery While surgery is the traditional treatment for bunions, most people would rather avoid it due to the cost, pain involved and protracted recovery time. Fortunately, there is a less invasive and more effective alternative. Foot mobilisation is a technique which corrects the misalignment of the foot joints and strengthen the muscles around the joint to reinforce the correct position. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a manual therapeutic method to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg, and is widely recognised by therapists including chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. Mark Lin and partner Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry are experienced practitioners in this technique. “The treatment helps not only in improving the alignment of the big toe but also addresses the underlying problems that cause the bunion. This is combined with corrective exercises to strengthen weak and tight muscles and soft tissue that has been compensating to hold the big toe in the misaligned position.” says Lin. "Foot mobilisation has a high success rate and is recommended as early as possible, even if the sufferer feels no pain. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner the underlying cause can be addressed, improving the chances of correcting the misalignment and reducing the bony growth." says Lee. In many cases, when treatment has been delayed, the chances that the deformity can be fully corrected is unlikely. However it is still possible to reduce pain, improve the function of the foot, maintain mobility of the bunion joint, and prevent the bunion from getting worse. FMT therapy aims to improve the position of the joints to allow your body to naturally restore optimal biomechanics. The joints will be taken through their natural motions to break up adhesions and restrictions and simple corrective exercises will be prescribed to maintain effect of the treatment. FMT Therapy still viable after bunion fusion surgery Foot mobilisation treatment is still beneficial even after bunion surgery. The big toe joint plays a significant part in our ability to walk and once the joint has been fused, our body compensates. Restriction of the joint can lead to foot, ankle, knee, hip and even lower back issues. Long term management is likely to be necessary to maintain optimum function of the lower limb. Why Foot Mobilisation is the preferred treatment of choice for bunions A safe alternative treatment to treat bunions naturally and guide the joints and big toe to their correct position without orthotics or invasive surgeries A corrective approach that not only treats the symptoms but addresses the underlying cause of the problem, allowing the body to heal naturally. The therapy allows you to continue normal daily activities in most cases. Mark Lin, the Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director for Footwork Podiatry elaborates, “At Footwork Podiatry, our sports podiatrists are highly trained and experienced in unique techniques to fix foot and ankle problems. We help you to feel better, move better and perform better without medication, surgeries, or changing your footwear in a majority of the cases. We believe the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself from injuries. Chronic or recurring symptoms occur when there is an interference to the healing process such as scar tissue, biomechanical stress, structural misalignment, active trigger points or repetitive strain. Our hands-on techniques help to eliminate this interference to healing, by stimulating the body’s natural healing response.” Footwork Podiatry focus on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle pain using advanced musculoskeletal techniques. They are experts in lower limb pain and injury treatment and are committed to providing holistic health care. Get in touch with them to experience the benefits of this new and improved bunion therapy. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media. New Toe Nail Bracing Treatment for Ingrown Toenails Sydney CBD Sports Podiatrist 2019-02-12T23:00:13Z new-toe-nail-bracing-treatment-for-ingrown-toenails-sydney-cbd-sports-podiatrist Ingrown toenails sufferers know just how painful and uncomfortable a condition that can be. Ingrown toenails can occur at any age, due to everyday movement or lifestyle habits. There are a number of causes of this painful condition, here are some causes. Improper trimming- cutting the nails too short can cause ingrown toenails. It’s important to clean the feet before trimming, and then cut the nail straight across using nail clippers or manicure scissors. Tight-fitting footwear - shoes, socks and tights affect the condition. If feet hurt when wearing shoes, something’s not right - maybe the shoes are too tight. Trauma- Athletes are more likely to get ingrown toenails from repeated pressure on the toes such as by kicking or running. Pressure from abutting toes - this can be caused by deformities of the smaller toes. Pincer nails - is an extreme curve in the nail can cause the nail to dig deeper into the skin. Pincer nails are more common as people age. The treatment for severe ingrown toenails has traditionally been surgery, Nail bracing is a revolutionary new treatment that is Simple, whereby the brace is simply bonded across the surface of the nail, and does not need to be pre-stressed or shaped. It's Quick, applied in seconds and delivers a speedy healing process. Best of all it is Painless, the treated nail is gently lifted out of the nail fold. Mark Lin and partner Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney are known as the leading authorities for the provision of the nail bracing treatment in Australia. “Ingrown toenails are very common and anyone from kids to the elderly can suffer from them. Tight footwear, lifestyle habits or biomechanical factors such as flat feet and foot pronation can all cause ingrown toenails. However, some people are just genetically more predisposed to having ingrown toenails” says Lin. Lee says, “Nail bracing is a unique ingrown toenail solution using a toenail brace that corrects unnatural toenail curvature - the source of ingrown toenail pain. With this method, the treated nail is gently lifted out of the nail fold over time without pain.” While surgery has a high success rate of curing ingrown toenails permanently, it appears nail bracing provides the perfective alternative for people with needle phobia and shortens the healing time and reduces the risk of infection (particularly in people with in diabetes). Lin explained, "The BS Brace System has been used successfully worldwide in over 30 countries for 29 years. It was first launched in Australia in 2015." Footwork Podiatry are the first and only trained providers in Sydney to offer this revolutionary treatment. The BS Brace is a game changer. Using highly advanced technology, the treatment involves mounting a flat fiberglass brace to the ingrown toenail. The brace creates a spring tension that gently lifts and holds the toenail out of the nail bed, straightening the nail and the nail bed in the process. "The basic principle is based on the same physical laws as that of a leaf spring, using pressure and counter pressure. The brace fits the shape of the nail automatically and the resulting resetting forces shape and flatten the nail," explained Lin. “The nail brace is absolutely safe and suitable for everyone, even those who have diabetes. The mission is to provide alternative treatment to people currently suffering from ingrown toenails as well as the millions who are susceptible to developing the condition,” says Lee. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. (Ingrown toenail nail bracing only available in Roseville). Contact them to receive the best treatment advice for ingrown toenails. Passionate about helping people to improve and maintain their health, Footwork Podiatry believe that looking after the feet is the key to maintaining an active healthy lifestyle. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee on +61 2 9416 7889. This information is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Roseville Sydney Sports Podiatry Foot Fungal Nail Infections Laser Therapy Solutions 2019-02-09T00:32:43Z roseville-sydney-sports-podiatry-foot-fungal-nail-infections-laser-therapy-solutions Fungal infection of the toenail, also known as onychomycosis, is a common dermatologic disorder, affecting over 10% of the population and 40% over the age of 70, says Mark Lin and Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry. Both fingernails and toenails can be infected, although infections of the toenails are more common. This is an unpleasant condition which results in thickening, discolouration and splitting of the nail as well as lifting of the nail away from the nail bed. Lee says, “The condition is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. If left untreated however, the infection can spread to the skin surrounding the nail, as well as to other nails. If the nail bed and root of the nail become infected by the fungus, permanent and irreversible damage to the toenail can be expected. The nail will become thickened, distorted, discoloured and become very difficult to manage without podiatric care.” The infection can easily spread to other toenails or fingernails while trimming the infected toenail and even to other members of the family. Severe cases can lead to ingrown toenail and secondary infection. The deformed toenails look unattractive and can have a negative psychological impact and even reduce quality of life. Antifungal Laser Treatments Mark Lin, Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director for Footwork Podiatry says, “Current treatments include topical and oral antifungal treatments, but these can be frustrating for patients due to the high rate of recurrence, and re-infection, often between 10% and 53%. Oral medications are generally more effective than topical antifungals, but treatment can take up to several months and is associated with higher risks of liver toxicity, adverse side effects and allergies”. Fungal Nail Laser Treatment is a revolutionary new solution to treat fungal nail infections and has proven to be a safe and effective treatment. Laser Therapy is a relatively new modality but and is already considered the most effective currently available treatment for fungal nail infection without any side effects. This cutting-edge laser technology has the ability to penetrate the nail safely to reach the colony of fungal spores beneath the nail. The laser irradiation delivers high energy pulses to precisely target the site of the infection with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Due to the light absorbing substance present in the fungus, laser irradiation results in the production of high levels of heat in the fungal cells, which effectively destroys the pathogen and resolves the infection. Laser therapy treatment first gained popularity in the United States approximately five years ago and is quickly becoming the treatment of choice in managing fungal nail infections in Australia, as it offers far greater advantages over traditional treatment of fungal nails. Fungal nail laser therapy is safe, has no side effects and is more effective for deeper infections. Mark Lin and partner Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry are leading Sports Podiatrists in Sydney. Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director, Mark Lin says, “Our revolutionary, multimodal, evidence-based treatments are what set us apart. We take top-quality care seriously, and our podiatrists undertake regular in-house training and are committed to ongoing professional development to expand their knowledge and continuously update their clinical skills”. Footwork Podiatry will also sanitise your footwear using a unique ultraviolet (UV) Light Shoes Steriliser called SteriShoe. SteriShoe is clinically proven to kill up to 99.9% of the micro-organisms that live and thrive within most peoples’ footwear, and can cause Toenail Fungus, Athlete’s foot and other foot infections. The unit can be purchased from them directly or the service can be provided on site. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations, in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media. GFA Mourns Death of Village Pastor Killed After Abduction at Gunpoint in Myanmar 2019-02-07T00:57:32Z gfa-mourns-death-of-village-pastor-killed-after-abduction-at-gunpoint-in-myanmar TOOWOOMBA, QLD —GFA Australia (Gospel for Asia, www.gfaau.org) is mourning the loss of one of its field-partner workers, a pastor who has been reported dead after being abducted at gunpoint in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The tragic death of Pastor Tun N., aged 41, was confirmed Feb. 1. He was last seen alive when he was taken from his home the evening of Jan. 19. Latest reports say he was killed along with several others who had been taken by a rebel group.   “We are heartbroken to learn of Pastor Tun’s death, and we ask you to join us in praying for his wife and family, and his church at this time, that they may know God’s comfort, peace and strength,” said GFA Founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan.   Married with three children, Pastor Tun led a congregation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. During 20 years as a pastor, he had shared the love of Christ with many and started several fellowships.    “All of our brothers and sisters on the field know that, as Jesus said, they go out as ‘sheep among wolves,’” said Yohannan. “Like Pastor Tun, they are willing to lay down their lives, if need be, to share God’s great love with those who have not yet heard the good news.”   Pastor Tun’s abduction and death is the first incident of its kind for GFA-supported ministry in Myanmar, which represents more than 500 congregations. The church has made a significant impact in this country. For updates, the public is encouraged to visit http://www.gfaau.org.     # # #   GFA World (www.gfaau.org) has – for nearly 40 years ‒ provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. In 2017, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,000 wells drilled, over 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 200,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. Australian social workers welcome the Victorian Government’s plan to ban ‘conversion therapy’ 2019-02-07T00:17:51Z australian-social-workers-welcome-the-victorian-governments-plan-to-ban-conversion-therapy As the Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers took to the streets on Sunday to support LGBTIQ Victorians at the Midsumma Pride March, the Association welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that it plans to outlaw ‘conversion therapy’. The harmful and thoroughly debunked practice aims to change, suppress or eliminate an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. While the practice is not outlawed, it sends a message that LGBTIQ individuals are not ‘normal’ and need to be fixed. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These messages do so much damage and need to be stopped. We stand with LGBTIQ Australians and support the Victorian Government’s stance on banning conversion therapy. This planned ban follows an extensive investigation into conversion practices by the Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC), who found those subjected to this so-called ‘therapy’ experienced long-term psychological harm and distress. This is something that social workers and other mental health professionals have known for many years. “The Victorian Government’s announcement sends a clear and positive message to young people who may be dealing with the stress and anxiety of knowing they are same-sex attracted and the social pressures that are associated with it in an unaccepting environment. “We call on other Australian states and territories to follow Victoria’s lead in outlawing the practice. We further call on the Australian Government to support the states and territories by fully funding the Safe Schools Program, which aims to create understanding and stop the bullying and marginalisation of LGBTIQ children and young people in schools. “The Australian Government must also make clear that discrimination against employees or students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity will not be tolerated. “We all have a role in taking a stand against homophobia, including internalised homophobia, which is when LGBTIQ individuals can sometimes believe the homophobic messages and attitudes around them. It causes needless harm and division in communities and can lead to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes in LGBTIQ individuals, which we have seen is sometimes fatal. “This is why the Victorian Government’s announcement is so important – it is a welcome step in continuing to affirm the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ Australians.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Media contact Angela Yin Communications Lead P 03 9320 1005 M 0413 532 954 Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Says Feet Problems Cause Low Back Pain, Footwork Podiatry 2019-01-30T06:46:42Z leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist-says-feet-problems-cause-low-back-pain-footwork-podiatry Lower back pain could just be something we have to experience because of our evolutionary history says Mark Lin andWei Lee of Footwork Podiatry, but these days, it’s just as likely to come from the new demands we’re placing on our bodies.“There are a lot of things that can cause low back pain,” Lin says, “But a lot of people don’t realise it could come from their feet.”Why Foot Problems Cause More than Sore FeetThe logic is straightforward, says Mark. Because we, unlike any other animal on the planet, walk around on our hind legs. As a result, our legs and feet take a lot of strain. Although we’ve evolved to be upright, there are still a few variations in the gene pool that, while they don’t get us down in the literal sense, certainly do so in the figurative one.It’s an obvious chain reaction. Muscles, joints, and ligaments strain when the feet don’t carry their load correctly, and since our backs also take up the lot of the physical strain inherent in our upright posture, the chain reaction is easy to follow.Foot problems can cause pain in the ankles, shins, knees, hips and lower back – and some people experience the full chain of pain from the feet upward.Why Orthotics Aren't First ChoiceOrthotics could be a way to correct lower back problems caused by foot issues, but Wei says they're not a solution they prefer for their patients. They support the foot and strive to correct the way that the feet carry their load. But not all of them are created equal, and they only help you when you're wearing them- there's no long-term correction.A look through research on the topic of orthotics doesn’t show anything very conclusive, but it’s interesting to note that some widely-cited trials looked at “off-the-peg” arch supports rather than custom orthotics. Other studies show more positive results, but note that patients were told about the theory behind their custom orthotics and speculate that this may have heightened the placebo effect.“We do occasionally use orthotics, and they help some people" says Mark, but we prefer to use them as adjunct to therapies that correct the real problem that causes pain. If we can achieve a solution without making our patients depend on orthotics, we will."Low Back Pain AdviceGetting to the root of the matter is the best solution for those with low back pain, says Lin. His mission isn’t just treating pain – it’s also about preventing its return.“There are a lot of possible causes to examine and eliminate,” say Lin. “It could be your office chair – or it could be the way you walk.”He suggests that we begin with the physical activities we perform most. “If you spend most of your day seated, your posture or your desk and chair are likely to blame,” says Mark. “If you spend most of your day standing or walking, your feet, your shoes, and your posture are among the most likely culprits.If you’re still not sure, Wei suggests starting from the feet and working your way up. “Our assessment will help you to make progress towards finding the cause of your lower back pain,” he says. “And if it lies in your feet, or if the way you use your lower limbs are contributing to it, then we have the solutions to the problem too.”Mark Lin and Wei Lee are leading Sports Podiatrists in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues.For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889.The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Sydney’s Leading and Affordable Sports Podiatrist Reveals Best Foot Pain Treatments In Australia 2019-01-29T03:13:33Z sydneys-leading-and-affordable-sports-podiatrist-reveals-best-foot-pain-treatments-in-australia Podiatrist Mark Lin is a man with a mission – several of them, in fact. He has declared war on foot pain and lower-limb injuries in NSW patients, and he hopes to educate the public with the help of a highly informative website.According to Lin, many people are living with discomfort and even pain without realising that a sports podiatrist can help them. If their problem is serious enough for them to visit a doctor, they may get a referral to a sports podiatrist, but for many of them, the inconvenience they’re suffering isn’t something they’d mention to a doctor.“These people don’t know what a sports podiatrist does. And since they aren’t actually ill, they think its just something they must live with. As a result, untreated foot abnormalities can get progressively worse until they do see a doctor and are told that a sports podiatrist is the person they actually need to consult. Meanwhile, they’ve experienced a great deal of unnecessary discomfort, and their problem has been compounded so that it becomes more difficult to correct.”Mark and his business partner, Wei Lee have decided it’s time to present the information people need in an easily digestible format. And while Mark admits that people would have to look up sports podiatry before they get the information they need, he’s confident that the website will still help them to make informed decisions about their foot health. Mark hopes that his website will soon rank organically in local search for questions on bunions, heel pain, ankle sprain/ankle injury, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, toenail abnormalities like fungal infections, foot injuries, and foot care for diabetics to name but a few. His website outlines the possible treatments he might use for a variety of foot health issues, and soon, he hopes to add some tips and tricks for people to try out at home.There’s also the matter of people who have already been for treatment forgetting what they’ve been told. For example, diabetics must take extra care of their feet, but according to a study, a great many diabetics forget being given information about how to care for their feet. The study Mark Lin referenced tells us that most podiatrist tell their patients what to do. Right after the consultation, the patients remember all or most of the details, but within one month, they can barely recall the basics. He hopes that having easily accessible information online will help to reinforce verbal information. The website will also provide information on Mark’s specialty: sports podiatry. Sportspeople often suffer repeated leg, ankle, foot, and even lower back injuries simply because the way they use their feet and lower limbs needs to be corrected. But even a healthy sportsperson can benefit from an assessment, says Lin. By addressing the way they use their feet and lower legs, Lin can correct anomalies that could, at best, affect sports performance and at worst, become the cause of injuries.“Podiatry is a wonderful field in which to work,” says Lin. “I want people to know more about it, and I want them to know how we can help them. The new website will become the resource locals turn to when they have questions about podiatry that they’re too shy to ask in person. So, if you’re still wondering what a sports podiatrist does, visit the new Footwork Podiatry website It’s still a work in progress, says Mark, but it already contains good information, and if you still have questions, you need only call him on (02) 9416 7889. About Footwork PodiatryMark Lin and Wei Lee are leading Sports Podiatrists in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889.The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.Syndicated by Baxton Media.