2018 PodMED Podiatry Newsletter

The team at PodMed Podiatry would like to thank all our loyal clients for their support in 2018. We look forward to continuing our relationship with you and helping you stay healthy and on your feet.

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Our Team of Podiatrists:

Sam Christie

Sam has been an accredited Podiatrist since 2002, following completion of B.Sc. Podiatry at the University of South Australia. His passion for sports medicine and health care was ignited while training for international competitions a the AIS. Sam is a clinical podiatrist, specialising in lower limb biomechanics and postural alignment, sports injuries of the lower limb and children’s podiatry. Sam has a very strong commitment to patient education and involving patients in their health care. He is driven to find solutions to patient health problems; no challenge is too great or too small. Sam is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association and of Sports Medicine Australia, and he is the on-call podiatrist to St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

Ed Murray

Ed is passionate about helping people understand how their bodies move and function. He places importance on explaining complex problems in simplified and accessible ways. He is a podiatrist with a background in human movement and has a wealth of experience with athletic and running products. A keen sportsman, Ed plays AFL and has enjoyed success as a young athlete and cricketer. More recently, he has developed a love for running both on and off road. Ed has also worked extensively with many leading dance schools, helping a range of the country’s most exciting classical, contemporary and competitive dancers. Ed has experience in using manual therapy techniques such as dry needling, foot mobilization, muscle testing and strengthening as part of a well-rounded approach to his podiatry technique.

Get to know our new new Podiatrist - Felicity Connolly

We threw Felicity in the “hot seat” to help you get to know her!

  1. What led you to Podiatry as a career?

I initially started off in an engineering degree at university and after a year of study I decided that it wasn’t for me. I realised that I wanted a career where I could talk to and help people, so allied health seemed like the perfect choice. After attending a university open day, I discovered the incredible work that podiatrists do and I haven’t looked back since!

2. Where did you train/ study?

I studied a Bachelor of Podiatry at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

3. Who is your hero / idol / if you have one?!

My dad is my hero. He has worked very hard and achieved a lot of success in his life, yet remains one of the most humble, gracious and down to earth people I know.

4. What is the best part of your job?

The best part about my job is being able to make a difference in other people’s lives, no matter how big or small.

5. What is your favourite sporting team?

Queensland Firebirds Netball Team

6. What would your dream holiday be?

Seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of my bucket list!

7. What's the most memorable trip /adventure you have been on?

My fiancé and I attended a friend’s wedding in India 2 years ago and it was incredible! We travelled around a little bit after the wedding and it was such a humbling and eye-opening experience. I’d love to go back to India one day to explore some more.

8. Do you have any hobbies?

Back home in Brisbane I was very involved with netball (playing, coaching and umpiring) and I would love to continue with this now that I’ve moved down to Sydney. I also love travelling and exploring new places and will often go on little weekend adventures with my fiancé.

9. Tell us something only your family knows about you:

I was a very good tap dancer as a child! Not many people know this about me as I stopped dancing when I was 12 to start playing more netball, but my mum still holds on to all the photos and trophies!

General Treatments with Felicity Connolly; how do they differ from a pedicure?

Here at PodMED we are passionate about providing thorough and comprehensive treatments, with a strong focus on attention to detail. It’s all about doing the simple things really well.

One of the most simple BUT important jobs we do is the General Treatment; a comprehensive, professional treatment of all aspects of your foot’s skin and nails. For this reason, our appointment times are set at longer than the industry standard. This gives us the opportunity to be fussy and to make sure your feet are in the absolute best shape possible before walking out the door.

Good general foot care is essential in helping your feet to look, feel and function at their best. If you have painful or difficult to manage toenails, recurring corns or calluses or dry and cracked heels, regular maintenance with a Podiatrist is vital.

So what’s the difference between having a pedicure and seeing a Podiatrist? It’s similar to the difference between a dental assistant and a qualified Dentist. If you were faced with the choice, who would you choose?Corns, calluses, cuticles and ingrown or involuted toenails should always be managed by a Podiatrist, not a nail technician. We pride ourselves on being the most thorough general treatment Podiatrists in Sydney. Our reputation relies on your feet looking and feeling great.

As Podiatrists, we are university qualified professionals. As such, we are able to use instruments and perform procedures that a nail technician is not trained to do, as well as being governed by strict infection control protocols. Our clients rest easy knowing we are experts in this field and their feet are safe in our hands.

Remember how greatyour feet look & feel after a General Podiatry Treatment? Like you’re walking on air! If you’re looking for a comprehensive treatment of your feet and someone who’s going to take the time to make sure they are in their absolute best shape, book an appointment to see Felicity Connolly today.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Sam and his wife Penny were lucky enough to be invited to the Men’s and Women’s Pole Vault Finals at the Commonwealth Games. For those who don’t know... Sam used to be a Pole Vaulter. He was part of the Sports Institute and trained in the Olympic Athlete Program.Kurtis Marschall from Sam’s old training group in Adelaide won the Gold medal in the Men’s Pole Vault. It was a fantastic night out with the old team. Congratulations everyone and good luck as you head for Tokyo, 2020!

Refer your friends and family members

At Podmed we love to help new patients to and we are passionate about providing our patients with the latest and greatest treatment techniques and equipment.

In order to do that, we need your help!

Marketing is both expensive and time consuming...

AND we prefer to invest our marketing dollars and time back into our improving our service offering so that our patients continue to reap the benefits...!

You can help us continue to do this by simply referring a friend, family member or colleague that might benefit from the assistance and service we provide…

You know they will be in good hands with the Podmed team.

AND there is no greater thank you or recognition than a referral from a happy patient... (make sure they mention your name when they make an appointment with us!) because we’d love the chance to say thank you to you!

Fabulous footwear for women at PodMED Podiatry

Frankie4 and Vionic. WINTER STOCK ARRIVING.

Present this Newsletter at Podmed Podiatry from July - August 2018, for a one off $40 credit to use against any full priced Frankie4 or Vionic shoe ON US.

Did you know PodMed stocks a range of cool, comfortable and high quality podiatrist approved shoes?

Perfect for those who need to spend a lot of time on their feet but want to look good at the same time, brands Frankie4 and Vionic have the shoe for you.

Suitable for people with orthotics and without, once you try these shoes you will never want to take them off!

We have many sizes in stock and can order in pairs if need be. Most styles go up to a size 10 and there are also half sizes available.

Check out or for their full range or come in to PodMED Double Bay and try a pair today.

Having Fun Running!

Well done to PodMED Director Sam Christie on completing the gruelling 2km “Newtown Public School Run for Fun” with support from his 4 year old son Angus! Truth be told it was Angus’ first running event. You’re never too young to start enjoying exercise!

PodMed Podiatrists receive special invitation to Sydney Academy of Sport to meet the ‘Running Professor’.

Sam and Ed attended a 14 hour intensive workshop at the Sydney Academy of Sport with Professor Brian Heiderscheit. Brian flew all the way from the USA for 3 days! A big thanks to Quinton from the Sports Academy for the invite. It was an incredible group of people, so many great Sports Scientists, Biomechanists, Physios, and of course two pretty decent Podiatrists putting their heads together in the same room. Access to the latest in running theory, injury risk assessment tools, injury management and loads of theory about how we can maximise the improvement in PodMED Podiatry runners and Sports people. Just another example of how dedicated we are to finding the best ways to improve your performance and maximise the fun from your running and sport.

Improve Your Run Night With the Sydney Running Centre

Well done to everyone who attended our “Improve Your Run” night with The Sydney Running Centre, Edgecliff and thank you to Jules from The Sydney Running Centre along with Sponsorship from ASICS, Brooks, Mizuno, Saucony, Lightfeet Running Socks, PTP exercise products! Improve Your Run night was a great success. Sydney’s largest running club, the Sydney Striders were there along with a bunch of Podmed Podiatry patients and our Health Partners.

All those who attended took in a lot of great information on how to run longer, stronger and more efficiently. Congratulations to all our lucky winners, who took home some great prizes from our sponsors.

If you would like to be a part of our next patient event simply like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.

The City2Surf is just around the corner. Podmed Podiatry and our great friends at the Athletes Foot, Bondi Junction are giving you the chance to WIN one of 5 free pairs of shoes.

To be in the running to win a free pair of shoes all you have to do is one or more of the following:

  • Like us on Facebook 1 entry
  • Follow us on Instagram 1 entry
  • Review your positive Podmed experience on Google 2 entries
  • Book in for an Orthotic Check up or adjustment 3 entries
  • Book in for a Running Assessment(* Did you know… The average runner has an untapped 16% performance gain just waiting to be discovered. We can give your magic running recipe to find an extra 16% performance. Easy!)4 entries
  • Order a new set of orthotic devices5 entries
  • Bring in your City2Surf registration before race day on 12th Aug 2 entries
    • Minimal running experience
    • Inappropriate training regime/habits
    • Previous injury
    • Ignoring symptoms (...pushing through it)

GRAND ENTRY - Complete any of the 5 above and earn an EXTRA 5 free entries!!!

What are you waiting for…?

Enter now to win…!

Winners announced on …… via…...

* Podmed Podiatry clients who visit us before City2Surf on Aug, 12th are all entitled to a FREE $25 dollar Athletes Foot voucher to use at the Bondi Junction store. Vouchers are limited to one per patient. Book in now.

How do I ….book online?

Take control of your appointments by booking online. It’s easy and you can always change your time after if you need to by cancelling and rebooking or giving us a call. It’s easy once you know how!

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Book online” button and follow the prompts
  3. You can book as a guest OR create an account to make it easier for booking future appointments.
  4. Go to our facebook page for a “how to” video.

Coming Soon - The PodMED App

We are excited to be launching the PodMED App for your smartphone which will make booking appointments “on the run, 24hrs a day” even easier - search for us in the app store!

NEW PodMED Partner; BeFit Training & Physiotherapy

BeFit Physiotherapy was established in September 2017.Principal Physiotherapist Andrew Ilieff is all about functional strength when he treats sports injuries such as spinal pain; headaches; shoulder, hip and kneeproblems with his rehabilitation and exercise programs. Andrew is an APA Pediatric Physiotherapist with a specialty interest in adolescent sporting injuries, an ASCA Strength & Conditioning coach, APA sports Physiotherapist, and has completed additional studies in concussion.

Reports from our Podmed clients and our team, have beenextremely positive. They cater foreveryone from beginners to elite athletes.

As a full service facility they offer strength & conditioning training, Speed & Agility coaching, Nutritional advice, physiotherapy and high performance coaching.

We would like to offer PodMed Patients the opportunity to attend BeFit Training at the discounted rate of $50p week (usually $65). This will include full access to:

-Gap free (Private health with Extras) Physical assessment and movement screen with the physiotherapist to identify strengths, weaknesses, imbalances and direct the appropriate level of training

- Free trial class

-Nutritional assessment with our nutritionist or access to a sports dietitian to determine food plans and complement the training programs

-Strength & Conditioning assessment with an S&C Coach to set up goals and to ensure each program is customized and sports specific.

BeFit also offer LIMIT (Low Impact Method Interval Training) to any patients recovering from surgery, previous injuries, those who have never trained before or don’t have the confidence to training in a intense gym environment. Classes are limited to 6 people per class and are run by physiotherapists.

To get in touch with BeFit:

PhysiotherapyTraining - Ben02 9327 7749 0401 252665




The days are getting longer, the mornings warmer and sea breeze is charming us to its’s Fun Run Season. And as we honour-in another Masterchef, prepare for mango season and wonder if Australian sport will ever shine again, we strap the runners on.

Will I beat last year’s time? Will I run the whole thing this year? Will I sign up and finally do it? Will I avoid injury this time?

Questions we have all pondered; however, maybe not the most important questions.

(Almost) no-one gets taught how to run. We teach ourselves to walk. Then it’s keep up with older siblings, chase our first school bus, beep test torture, and before long it’s Hyde Park to Bondi for the City2Surf. It just kind of...happens. Amazing really.

However, despite all of our enthusiasm, there are some vital facts runners need to know before embarking on the year of “This is the year”.

  1. 65% of runners get injured annually. Harsh, but true.
  2. The major proven risk factors associated with injured runners:
  1. Almost all running injuries are chronic. This means they will develop gradually, almost without you realising, until it’s too late.

At PodMED Podiatry, as runners ourselves, we understand the anxiety that comes with strapping the runners back on. We want to turn that anxed into positive energy that can work for you. We want to motivate you with the appropriate training habits and running technique to best achieve your running goals. Learning how to run or refining a self-taught training regime can really be the difference between “I’ll do it next year” and finally beating Sally from accounts.

Whatever your running goal is, we’ll help answer the important questions…

How will I beat last year’s time? How will I run the whole thing this year? How will I sign up and finally do it? How will I avoid injury this time?

Whether you’ve just picked up running, succumbed to peer pressure and finally put your name down, or desperate to hit your PB - You set the goal; let us deal with “How?”

If you are more serious about maximising the improvement in your running and want to take the extra steps straight away, Call us for your private one on one customised session where you will receive a full running tutorial, your top technical improvements identified on the spot, along with a report outlining simple easy to implement improvement. All in the 1st session at $110 a saving of $70.

Special offer.

PodMED Podiatry patients who are running the City2Surf receive a SPECIAL 40% off the cost of a full private Running assessment in our Double Bay Practice.All inclusive reporting and personalised technical ques to help you run better. This is a limited time offer. You must provide proof of your City2Surf entry to qualify.The 40% discount also attracts private health rebate if the individual has Podiatry or Coverage.

We would love to see you guys before the City2Surf.If you are struggling with pain or want to take your running to the next level book an appointment with Sam or Ed today.

Healthy Eating with the Heart Foundation

Why not complement your City2Surftraining with this hearty soup from the Heart Foundation?

Minestrone and quinoa soup

Image of minestrone and quinoa soup in bowls.

  • Cooking Time 30 minutes (preparation time 10-15 minutes)
  • Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small leek, trimmed, finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, trimmed, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 300g canned no added salt cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 300g canned no added salt red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup white quinoa
  • 300mL reduced salt vegetable stock*
  • 700mL water
  • 2 large handfuls kale, roughly chopped


  1. Place a large pot over medium heat and spray with olive oil. Cook leek, celery, carrot and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until just softened.
  2. Add the dried herbs to the pot and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add tomatoes, cannellini and red kidney beans, quinoa, vegetable stock and water to the pot and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes or until quinoa is cooked through and soup has thickened. Stir through kale.
  4. Divide the soup between 4 bowls and serve with cracked pepper.


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