Podiatry helps in a wide range of foot conditions, from general nail, skin and foot care, footwear advice to diabetic complications.  Our treatments encompass general diagnosis and treatment of common chronic conditions such as corns, calluses and verrucae as well as providing specialist services in podiatric biomechanics, sports medicine and podiatric surgery for cases such as ingrown toe nails, hammer toes and bunions, without the need for a hospital visit.  All podiatry instruments are sterilized by autoclave.

Podiatry Techniques

Nail Surgery

Nail surgery is a procedure performed to effectively treat an ingrown toenail that is causing pain, inflammation and infection.  Surgery may be required when an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected, is continually painful, the patient is unable to wear shoes or the condition restricts work, sports or other activities.

The aim of performing a Partial Nail Avulsion is to permanently treat ingrown toenails. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and usually takes an hour.  Once numb, a tight elastic ring called a tourniquet is applied to the toe to control bleeding.  The offending portion of nail is then gently lifted and trimmed away, usually without the toe being cut or stitched.  A chemical solution is applied to where the nail grows from, preventing nail regrowth.

Once the procedure is completed, the tourniquet is removed and a sterile dressing is applied. The patient is able to walk immediately afterwards.  The sterile dressing is removed by your podiatrist the next day, after which the patient is required to change the dressing daily. Consultation with your podiatrist is required at 2 week intervals after the procedure until the toe is healed.

Heel Pain

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Heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists and can affect children as well as adults.  Successful management of this condition involves a multifaceted approach. At Health plus Chiropractic, we believe that involving all aspects of treatment in order to produce the best possible outcome.

The three main areas which need to be addressed are:

Soft tissue – treatment may include stretching, strapping, dry needling,

Foot mobilisationBiomechanics – A full biomechanical assessment is carried out and orthotic management prescribed to correct any abnormal issues which may be contributing to the condition

Footwear – This is a major part of the treatment plan.  Often inappropriate footwear can lead to heel pain and in many cases prevent it from getting better.

Your podiatrist will be able to properly advise you regarding footwear. Once the cause of the heel pain is determined, your podiatrist will be able to devise a customised treatment program addressing soft tissue, biomechanics and footwear.

Orthotic Therapy

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Once we have identified the problem with your foot function and/or gait, orthotics may be appropriate to provide the necessary correction or improvements.

For many years, orthotics tended to be very hard and bulky in footwear, but with modern manufacturing techniques and materials, we can design orthotics that are both effective and comfortable as well as being able to fit into most types of footwear.

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Gait Analysis

A big part of Podiatry these days is gait assessment and analysis. This simply means watching the way someone walks and runs and identifying abnormalities in the way the joints and muscles interact, or problems with alignment of joints at certain points in each step.

Gait analysis plays a huge role in our diagnosis and management of conditions as well as prescription of our orthotics. It allows us to view problems with the feet and ankles, but also the affect that has on the whole leg and hip mechanics. For this reason, we often have referrals from Physio’s and Chiropractors so we can assess how someone’s walking can be contributing to symptoms further up the body!

Strapping

Strapping is a very important diagnostic and therapeutic technique used in podiatry daily. Strapping can be a very effective short term solution for help in obtaining better alignment and movement, reducing stress to the area, reducing pain, allowing for the area to start healing and also assist in diagnosing a more beneficial long term solution to the underlying cause (i.e. orthotic therapy).

 

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Links:

http://www.apodc.com.au

http://www.aapsm.org.au

http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

http://www.drcomfort.com.au

http://www.dva.gov.au

http://www.ahpra.gov.au

http://www.theathletesfoot.com.au