Foot Pain

There can be many causes for foot and leg pain or injury. The major factor in most cases is the way your feet and legs move – something which is carefully assessed by the Footcare podiatrists in diagnosing and treating pain or injury.
Treatment includes addressing and correcting poor foot biomechanics, muscle imbalances, poor training techniques and incorrect footwear. A podiatrist may prescribe orthoses and assess your footwear as part of the treatment.

Diabetes

Diabetes poses problems for sufferers and their feet on two levels:
• nerve damage, or ‘peripheral neuropathy’, which impairs sensation to the feet and/or
• reduced blood supply, also known as ‘poor circulation’
Most foot problems in people who have diabetes occur when injuries – and often infections – go unnoticed and untreated, due to a loss of feeling in the extremities through nerve damage, or when healing is delayed due to poor circulation.
A six monthly foot assessment by your podiatrist will help to detect any changes early – before they become a problem. In an assessment, your podiatrist will thoroughly examine your circulation and sensation.

Corns & Calluses

Just about everyone – no matter what age, size or sex – can get calluses or corns: a hardened layer of skin formed on the foot.
Common sites of corn and callus formation, include the ball of the foot, under the big toe, tips and tops of toes and between the toes. The presence of a central ‘core’ suggests a corn has formed.
To treat painful corns, your podiatrist will gently remove some of the hard skin of the callus so that the centre of the corn can be removed. Your podiatrist will not only recommend ways to relieve pain and get rid of the corn or callus, but can also help with isolating the cause and preventing the problem recurring.

Nail Problems

Nail problems include ingrown toenails, fungal infection and nail deformities.
Incorrect cutting technique, injury (such as stubbing your toe), nails that naturally curve too sharply, or wearing tight shoes can cause an ingrown toenail.
Symptoms of a nail with fungal infection include discolouration, thickening of the nail, and the separation of the nail from the nail bed. Without treatment, the nail bed itself can become infected.
A violent toe-stubbing, dropping a heavy object on the toe or some other trauma can injure the nail bed and cause the nail to grow in deformed ways.
Regular trimming and shaping of the nail from your podiatrist can improve the health of your nails.

Children’s Feet

What you might take your child to see a Podiatrist for:
– Abnormally shaped toes
– Ingrown toenails
– Bunions or other deformities
– Stiffness in the foot
– Limping
– The child complains of pain while walking, during or after activity
– Severe in-toeing or out-toeing
– Flat feet beyond the age of five years
– A sudden change in the way your child walks
– If your child isn’t walking at all by the age of two

Shin Splints

Shin splints is a common pain which occurs in the shin area during or after prolonged activity on your feet.
The pain can come from a variety of structures in the shin area including tendon, muscle, bone and ligaments and occurs at an interface point where muscle attaches to bone at the front or inside of the shin

Orthotic Therapy

Foot orthoses are shoe inserts designed to support, align, or improve the function of the foot. They are also often commonly referred to as ‘orthotics’. Orthoses fit comfortably inside your shoes.
There are many different kinds of orthoses. The orthoses recommended by your podiatrist are prescription devices, custom – made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves).
People of all ages with a variety of foot or lower leg problems wear orthoses. Sports people are often prescribed orthoses by their podiatrist to help maximise their performance, as well as to address mechanical problems. Anyone suffering from a chronic foot or lower limb condition, which is limiting their mobility or independence, may benefit from wearing orthoses.
Your podiatrist may prescribe orthoses for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear, occupational and lifestyle factors.

Dry Needling and Shockwave Therapy

Our Podiatrists use various techniques to treat pain in soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, muscles).
One such technique is dry needling. Dry needling is a form of treatment that uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Reducing the tightness in these trigger points often reduces pain and restores proper soft tissue function.
Shockwave therapy is another form of treatment that treats soft tissue pain. Again this technique is non-invasive and has minimal side effects to the patient when used. Click here for further details.