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Ironically for podiatrists John and
Claude, both suffered from painful feet
and legs. Initially, they used the
standard skills they were trained with
and fitted themselves with foot orthotics.
In time, however, the orthotics simply
made the muscles in their feet lazy and
the relief slowly faded away, just as many
of their patients found. Surely, they
thought, there had to be an alternative to
the orthotics, drugs and painful surgery.

Foot Posture Centre & Podiatry Melbourne

Providing an Alternative to Orthotics & Surgery.
A Natural Approach to Solve Foot & Leg Pain

After working in public health, elite sports medicine centres & private practices for the first 10 years of their careers both John & Claude successfully treated foot pain with orthotics, but were met with the frustration of seeing clients struggle with them. Clients would come from other practitioners who had given them orthotics and for a variety of reasons chose not to wear them. These included shoe fitting issues, development of new symptoms with the orthotics and a weakened foot structure leading to options like invasive needles & surgery. Therefore In 2003 John and Claude decided to set up two highly specialised foot clinic centres in Melbourne with the aim to educate, check and assist clients towards optimal foot and leg posture, eliminating symptoms and maximizing their mobility without orthotics using their All Natural System.

A new idea that’s 4,000 years old.

It was something that had intrigued his colleague and fellow podiatrist, John Sfinas, for many years in his practice, as well. Together, through their joint research, they discovered foot mobilisation. Or, more correctly, rediscovered it. The benefits of this corrective treatment have been known for over 4,000 years, dating back to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. What astounded Claude and John was how such natural techniques had come to be replaced by artificial solutions in our modern way of life.

Physician: heal thyself.

At first, the pair experimented with the technique to treat each other’s feet and lower limbs. They also added corrective exercises and gait/posture retraining. Over a period of six to twelve months, Claude found that the pain in his feet and lower limbs had reduced to the point where he did not need his orthotics any more.

Two centres that are one of a kind.

Not only were these the first of their kind in Victoria; over a decade later, they still remain the only two centres specialising in foot mobilisation and corrective postural exercises in this state. Here, patients can be checked and assessed to see if their foot and leg posture – and associated pain – can be corrected naturally without surgery, drugs or orthotics. John and Claude have been using these techniques longer than any other podiatrist in Victoria. Having gained this invaluable experience, they are now passing it on to other podiatrists in Victoria and New South Wales.

Patients vote with their feet.

Excited by their findings, John and Claude introduced these techniques into their clinics in 1999. Very quickly, word spread and patients sought them out to get their feet corrected naturally and rid themselves of their orthotics. As a result, the pair decided to create clinics dedicated to serving this need and the Foot Posture Centre opened in Forest Hill and Ivanhoe in 2003.

Claude tobgui

claude-tobguiClaude graduated from LaTrobe University as a podiatrist and has been practising in Melbourne for 20 years. After starting out dealing with all sorts of foot conditions, for the last 12 years, he’s specialised in corrective podiatry. He enjoys camping and bushwalking, and regularly takes groups on camping adventures. He is married with four children. As if all that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he also runs marriage and parenting seminars with his wife.

John Sfinas

John Sfinas has been a podiatrist for 20 years. Graduating with honours in podiatry at LaTrobe University in 1994, he went on to gain a fellowship from the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sport Medicine in 1998. He is also a member of the Australian Podiatry Association and Sports Medicine Australia. John is married with four children and loves spending time with his family.

Take your first step, call or email us today to arrange an appointment.



Take your first step, call or email us today to arrange an appointment.


John Sfinas
99 Mahoneys Road,
Forest Hill Victoria, 3131
Telephone 9877 0056


Claude Tobgui
217 Upper Heidelberg Road,
Ivanhoe Victoria, 3079
Telephone 9499 2006


Call 03 9877 0056

Call 03 9499 2006


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