These are common conditions we treat but please call to discuss any specific symptoms you may have in order that we can arrange an appropriate assessment or referral.

Heel Pain

There are a number of different structure within the foot that may cause heel pain. It is important to have a proper assessment to determine which structure may be responsible for your pain and then an appropriate treatment can be advised. One of the most common structures responsible for causing heel pain is the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a broad fan shaped strap of strong body tissue which stretches from the bottom of the heel bone to the ball of the foot. It helps to hold the foot bones and joints in place. When it is over stressed (over stretched) typical symptoms occur. The heels hurt most of all first thing in the morning or after a period of rest. The heels are also very sore after standing for a long time.

Plantar Fasciitis

Sometimes known as jogger’s heel, Plantar Fasciitis is a common painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot. It is a disorder of the insertion site of ligament on the bone and is characterized by scarring, inflammation, or structural breakdown of the foot’s plantar fascia. It is often caused by overuse injury of the plantar fascia, increases in exercise, weight, or age.

Hallux valgus (bunions)

When your big toe is angled towards the second toe, the deformity is called a bunion (hallux valgus). This can cause a bump on the side at the base of the big toe. In addition there is often thickening of the skin and tissues next to the affected joint. The thickened skin and tissues may become inflamed, swollen and painful. Shoe fitting may also become a problem.


Capsulitis is inflammation of a joint capsule. Ligaments surround your joints, including your toe joints, and help form a capsule. Joint capsules help your joints to function properly. Capsulitis is imflammation of the joint capsule. Capsulitis is a common problem in certain parts of your body, especially your toes. Capsulitis-related inflammation may cause significant discomfort.


Tendinopathy describes two conditions that are likely to occur together: tendon inflammation, known as tendinitis (or tendonitis), and tiny tears in the connective tissue in or around the tendon, known as tendinosis. Tendinopathy usually causes pain, stiffness, and loss of strength in the affected area.


Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs, called bursae that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed. Common places bursitis can occur is in your knee, heel and the base of your big toe. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.

Toe pain

Toe pain is a relatively common condition that affects a large number of individuals from time to time. There may be multiple reasons for this, but no matter what type of toe pain you may have, it is always wise to consult our podiatrist to determine the exact cause and appropriate treatment.

Knee injuries

Awkward movements, falls and collisions, sudden twists, excessive force or overuse can result in a range of injuries to the knee joint and the structures supporting it. Common knee injuries include ligament, tendon and cartilage tears, and patello-femoral pain syndrome.

Medial tibial stress syndrome

Shin splints, a catch-all term for lower leg pain that occurs below the knee either on the front outside part of the leg (anterior shin splints) or the inside of the leg (medial shin splints), are the bane of many athletes, runners, tennis players, even dancers. The nature of shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), can be exacerbated by your lower limb biomechanics.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendinitis (Achilles tendinopathy) is tendinitis of the Achilles tendon, generally caused by overuse of the affected limb and not ideal lower limb biomechanics can exacerbate the symptoms. Symptoms can vary from an ache or pain and swelling to the local area of the ankles, or a burning that surrounds the whole joint.

Ankle ligament spraining

A sprained ankle occurs when your ankle ligaments are overstretched. Ankle sprains vary in their severity, from mild “twisted ankle” or “rolled ankle” sprain through to severe complete ligament ruptures, avulsion fractures or even broken bones.

Treatment Options

At Sure Step Podiatry you will have access to professionals with a wealth of expert knowledge and experience so you can expect first class treatment.


We prescribe orthoses – these are specially made devices for you to wear inside your shoe to control, realign or cushion abnormalities. Orthoses can be prescribed to assist with rehabilitation from a specific injury, and they can work by offloading and reducing the strain on the injured structure.

Stretching and Strengthening

Custom exercise regimes to heal and prevent re-occurrences.

Footwear Advice

We’ll recommend the best type of footwear suitable for both your sport and your foot type and recommend appropriate orthoses if required.

Strapping and Padding

After careful analysis we can provide the correct strapping and padding of your injury or abnormality to provide support and correction. Strapping can be applied to the foot to reduce the strain on an injured structure and assist with healing and pain management.

Physical Therapy

This treatment usually includes prescription of or assistance with specific exercises, manual therapy, education, manipulation and other interventions.




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What Our Clients Say

Highly recommend this modern practice.I had a partial Nail Avulsion done by Isabella, as i kept getting a corn where the nail was digging into my skin. It was so efficient, painless and healed in no time. It is a perfect permanent solution to any such problems or ingrown toenails, all done under local anaesthetic. And the new toe nail looks just the same but a bit smaller.Fabulous.
Wendy Ritchie
Wendy Ritchie
05:05 03 Feb 22
My wife Sherrill and me have received great benefits from Anna at Sure Step Podiatry since 2013. Anna has applied her considerable diagnostic and treatment skills to our complicated feet with great success. We see Anna at Sure Step on a 5 weekly basis and the treatments we receive on those appointments literally keeps us on our feet. Its something we look forward to .
clive moulstone
clive moulstone
20:28 31 Jan 22
Great receptionist who made me most welcome with a lovely smile and very professional manner.
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Jan Scott
03:10 07 Jan 22
Great service! Professional, friendly and caring.
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Imaken Images
07:42 09 Sep 20
Anna, Karin and Brigid are all lovely. They spend the time to listen and address any concerns. They will give you the most accurate factual information and also have access to new diagnostic equipment making your visit more pleasant and comfortable with out having to refer you to another service. They accommodate late afternoon appointments for those after school or work appointments and emergency appointments for those in pain or at an extreme health risk. You are able to see Anna, Karin or Brigid at 3 locations on the Mid North Coast. Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Woolgoolga. Each location is easily accessible with free parking. Hicaps is also available saving you the headache of claiming from your healthfund. 🤗 5 stars from me.
Ashley Mosley
Ashley Mosley
10:14 02 Aug 19
Parking is easily accessible and very close to town anyway. The rooms were nice and fresh, the staff there are lovely and caring. They gave me a very thorough assessment. I would highly recommend them.
Ellen Barry
Ellen Barry
02:07 06 Jul 19
Experienced, professional and caring podiatrists.
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Kristen Power
10:07 20 Jun 19
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Susan Crocetti
22:15 12 Jun 19
Easy parking at the rear, Fresh modern clinics and friendly and helpful staff.Can highly recommend Sure Step
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tim james
11:03 31 May 19