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Archive for August 2017

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Have you ever needed crutches? Mark explains how to setup and use correctly…

Remember, when using either a cane or crutches, make you home as user-friendly as possible to prevent any slips or falls…

  • Remove throw rugs, electrical cords, food spills, and anything else that may cause you to fall.
  • Arrange furniture so that you have a clear pathway between rooms.
  • Keep stairs clear of packages, boxes, or clutter.
  • Walk only in well-lit rooms and install a nightlight along the route between your bedroom and the bathroom.
  • In the bathroom, use nonslip bath mats, grab bars, a raised toilet seat, and a shower tub seat.
  • Simplify your household to keep the items you need within easy reach and everything else out of the way.
  • Carry things hands-free by using a backpack, fanny pack, or an apron with pockets.

Some basic rules of use are…


  • Support your weight on your hands, not the underarm supports, and your elbows should be slightly bent
  • Lean forward slightly and put your crutches about one foot in front of you
  • Your injured leg should follow the crutch stride
  • Begin your step as if you were going to use the injured foot or leg but, instead, shift your weight to the crutches
  • Bring your body forward slowly between the crutches
  • Finish the step normally with your good leg
  • When your good leg is on the ground, move your crutches ahead in preparation for your next step. Always look forward, not down
  • With STAIRS or inclines, hold your injured leg behind when going UP stairs, and hold it forwards when going DOWN stairs


  • Hold the cane or crutch on the OPPOSITE SIDE that needs support, and your injured leg should follow the cane/crutch
  • To walk, set your cane about one small stride ahead of you
  • Step off on your injured leg and finish the step with your good leg
  • With STAIRS or inclines: when going UP stairs, step up with your good leg first, holding the injured leg behind, and when coming DOWN put your cane and your injured leg first, then your good leg
  • Grasp the handrail with your free hand


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Tradies week

Tradies…want to win some Steel Blue boots? Get involved with National Tradies Health Month!

Tradies listen up! Want to win? Well, post a photo or a cheeky selfie to Instagram showing how you keep physio fit and you can win some Steel Blue boots! Physio fit = anything from a stretch before work, a healthy breakfast or a correct lifting technique on site, even walking your dog counts! Get creative and stand out. Use the hashtags: #tradieshealth #choosephysio #steelblueboots and tag @physioaustralia and @steelblueboots in your post. The best four photos will each win a @SteelBlue voucher for a brand spanking new pair of work boots! Winners announced 1 September.

Remember, its all about your health and looking after the most important part of your toolkit – your body!  Don’t put off seeing a physio when you have any niggling aches or pains that most tradies think are just part and parcel of their jobs, but which could potentially impact yourself and your work if left untreated.

For more information about National Tradies Health Month click here

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Welcome Graeme Wilson, our new Podiatrist…

We are very happy to welcome Graeme Wilson, from Akoonah Podiatry.  With more than 22 years’ experience in Podiatry, Graeme can certainly help with all your podiatry needs, including…

  • Orthotics and footwear advice
  • Diabetes foot assessments
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Pronation/flat feet
  • Knee pain
  • Corns/calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
  • Cam walkers

Graeme completed his Bachelor of Podiatry from La Trobe University in 1995 and initially worked in Community Health settings in south eastern Melbourne.  Graeme then began a private practice partnership which extended into five locations across Melbourne and country Victoria.

Graeme has worked extensively with allied health professionals including Physiotherapists, Myotherapists and Chiropractors across several private practice settings and has completed further education including trigger point/dry needling courses, enhancing his treatment skills and patient outcomes.

Graeme played state league basketball for the Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club as a junior and has of recent times completed several fun runs including competing in the Gold Coast Marathon Running Festival in 2014. Graeme is a level 2 accredited athletic coach and has assisted the Casey Little Athletic club in various roles in the past 4 -5 years.

Graeme enjoys being involved in his three children’s sporting lives which has included coaching and support roles for the Beaconsfield Cricket and Football clubs. He is looking forward to the next phase of his podiatric career, working within the community that he lives and is actively involved in.

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