GENERAL TREATMENTS (NAIL AND SKIN CARE)
A ‘general treatment’ is the term we use to describe a 30-45 minute consultation that centres around the overall health of the skin on your feet and your nails.
A general treatment may suit you if your areas of concern are as follows (but are not limited to):
- If you are unable to care for your own feet due to the inability to reach them, diabetes, disability, poor eyesight, arthritis and/or other injuries.
- You require a ‘diabetic foot check’ either yearly or bi-yearly.
- You require a ‘neurovascular assessment’ due to ageing or a disease that manifests in the feet e.g. peripheral arterial disease, neuropathy or nerve damage.
- If you are a high risk patient who wants to minimise the risk of infection. For example, those with severe diabetes, undergoing chemotherapy or are immunosupressed would most benefit from such a treatment as all instruments are sterilised prior to use and safety is the utmost concern.
- If you have an ingrown toenail (painful, swollen, red or pus filled corner of the toenail). This often occurs in people playing sports that involve kicking a ball, tight shoes, improper nail cutting, genetic predisposition or as a side effects from certain medications.
- If you have a painful wort on the foot (most common in children).
- If you have large, thickened nails that normal scissors cannot cut through
- If you have unsightly discoloured nails and/or fungal nails.
- If you hard skin on your feet such as a callus that is unsightly, painful or dry cracked heels (with or without bleeding).
- If you have painful corns on your feet.
We often recommend our patients to return every 6-8 weeks for regular treatments in order to maintain optimum foot health and prevent future problems arising.
What is the process of a ‘general treatment’?
- For all new patients we will take a full medical history and discuss what your most pressing concern is regarding your feet.
- For new patients, we will do a basic vascular and neurological assessment and discuss the results with you.
- We may cut and file your toenails, burr your nails with a special device to reduce any thickness and remove any dry/hard skin (callus) and corns. We may then further smooth the skin with a file and apply foot cream.
- We also address issues you may have such as ingrown toenails, cracked heels, tinea or fungal nails.
- We will provide you medical advice and educate you on keeping your feet great condition.
- We may recommend medications and/or lotions to treat particular conditions e.g. fungal nails, dry skin, tinea.
By the end of the treatment your feet will both look and feel a lot better than when you came in!
If you are still unsure if a ‘general treatment’ is right for you, call us on (02) 8520 8818 and let us help guide you towards the best consultation type tailored to your needs.
Sports Podiatry is the discipline that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating injuries to the foot, ankle or lower leg sustained through participation in sports. We know athletes want to recover and compete as soon as possible, so our goal in sports injury management is for all our patients to return to their highest potential functionality in their sport.
Sadly, most people involved in regular sports are going to injure themselves at some point. High-impact sports such as footy, basketball, cycling, running, ballet, tennis, gymnastics, weightlifting, volleyball, soccer, skiing, snowboarding and cricket. In other words, any sport that involves running, jumping, squatting and landing lead to an increased risk of injuries requiring podiatric involvement. This is due to the ‘ground reaction forces’ acting on you feet, ankles, knees and hips are amplified during high-impact activity. Essentially what this means is if your foot hits the ground hard, the ground pushes back on your foot just as hard! Hence, Sport Podiatry is recommended for all athletes.
Common issues include:
- ACL/PCL injuries
- LCL/MCL injuries
- Meniscus injuries
- Strained/tight muscles
- Ruptured muscles
- Broken bones
- Shin splints
- Runners knee/Chondromalacia
- Muscular imbalance/weakness
- Knee pain/Patellofemoral pain
- High ankle sprain/Syndesmosis injury
- Calf pain
- Chronic ankle instability
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
- Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
- ITB syndrome
At Foot HQ we have a sport-specific focus. Imagine, two people the exact same age, height and weight both sustain a medial ankle sprain. Both sprains are as severe as each other, but must be treated very differently depending on the sport each person plays. The needs of a basketball player are very different from a soccer player, both in rehab and footwear. Our management program includes gait retraining and correction of form that is specialised for your individual sporting needs.
Sport injuries come in two forms:
1 – Overuse: caused by repeated pressure on tendons and joints over time.
2 – Functional/Biomechanical: caused by the way our whole body moves and therefore how our feet, ankles, knees and hips are impacted by our movements.
However, there may be elements of both overuse and biomechanical issues occurring simultaneously. For example, compensating for an existing overuse injury – that is, changing the way you walk, jump or run to protect yourself from full weight bearing or excess pain.
If you play regular sport or have had a break due to an injury, you may want to visit a Sport Podiatrist if you get:
- Pain in the lower leg, ankles or feet
- Pain in hip or knee
- Pain in the arches of the foot or heel
- Pain during or after a game in the lower limb
- Have a history of sprains, tears, strains or ruptures in the lower limb
- Have ingrown nails, corns or callus that interfere with your game play
- Have recently bought new shoes and began experiencing sores, ingrown nails, corns or callus
- Have tight muscles and knots in the lower limb
Our therapeutic plans are tailor-made to suit your:
- Short term needs: Splinting, heat therapy, cold therapy, walking boots, therapeutic taping
- Medium term needs: Form correction, muscle strengthening, balance work, corrective orthoses, new footwear
- Long term needs: sports massage, dry needling, percussive therapy, taping, maintenance muscular program
If you are regularly involved in sports, it is worth speaking to our Foot HQ Podiatrists about how you can optimise your performance and prevent injury in sport. If you have already sustained an injury as a result of sport, you should get in contact with us as soon as possible for expert assessment and management. Call us on (02) 8520 8818.
DIABETIC FOOT ASSESSMENT
Diabetes is a complex disorder that has wide reaching implications on the foot and lower limb. As such, annual diabetic foot assessments are necessary for all people with diabetes. Did you know 15% of those with diabetes will have foot ulceration at some time during their lives? Sadly, in Australian only 50% of people with diabetes have undergone a foot assessment, despite foot assessments being shown to be effective at identifying those at high risk of foot ulceration and amputation.
People with foot problems and diabetes mellitus are at 15 times higher risk of undergoing an amputation somewhere in the lower limb. To prevent complications like this, and keep you in great conditions, our podiatrists at Foot HQ will teach you about the diabetic foot, assess your risk and monitor your feet for changes over time.
What are the assessments?:
- Neurovascular assessments – In order to prevent disease progression, we monitor our patients nervous system and blood flow regularly for changes such as loss of sensation (neuropathy) and blockages of arteries in the feet.
- Skin and nail assessments – Poorly controlled blood glucose levels are associated with higher risk of fungal skin and nail infections, and also non-healing wounds (ulceration). Diabetes can also limit sweat gland production on the feet, thus causing dry skin, cracked heels, corns and callus.
- Structural assessment – Diabetes can also lead to deformities in the feet such as loss of the arch, large hard callus formation and claw/hammer toes. In these circumstances, we can provide custom orthoses, footwear advice, offload from high pressure sites and much more to help prevent further deformity and mitigate the risk of abrasion, blisters and sores.
- Muscle testing – Diabetes can cause weakness in the muscles, resulting in changes in normal walking patterns. If your walking pattern has changed, you may benefit from a rehab program to help restore functionality, or an external device that can be worn with your regular shoes.
CHILDREN'S FOOT PROBLEMS (PAEDIATRICS)
At Foot HQ we love kids and children’s podiatry. We have a range of treatments available for children from toddlers to teenagers. If your child is suffering with pain in the hip, knee, foot or leg – its time to seek professional help from a podiatrist.
To the relief of many parents, paediatric foot and lower limb problems are very common and often, completely treatable!
Some of the most common problems we treat in kids are:
- Flat feet
- High arched feet
- Sports injuries
- Growing pains
- Heel pain/Severs disease
- Knock knees/Bow legs
- Juvenile bunion
- Knock knees/Bow legs
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
- Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
- Kohlers disease
We know a child in pain can sometimes be stressful for parents. Thats why whether its orthotics, massage, muscle strengthening, protective boots, new footwear or stretches, our staff at Foot HQ are equipped with all the know-how to help educate both the parent and child.
There are a range of conditions that includes may affect the bones, tendons, and muscles of the foot line or hip that may lead to deformity. We are able to also help in more complex issues:
- Spastisty and its affects on the feet
- Tarsal coalition
It is important to visit a podiatrist if your child is experiencing pain in the foot/lower limb (particularly if it wakes them up at night), have begun becoming more clumsy (e.g. tripping/falling over) or are limping. Don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 8520 8818 if you would like to talk to one of our friendly podiatrists about your child’s condition and book in.
What’s your day to day like? How much of the day do you spend on your feet? What foot type do you have? These are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself before buying the right shoes. There is a Podiatrist happy to help you through the “Contact Us” tab at the top.Our shoe range aim to find the perfect balance of comfort and design whilst maintaining support throughout the shoe structure.
TELEHEALTH SERVICES (ONLINE CONSULTATION)
Staying safe during Covid-19 is of the utmost importance to us at Foot HQ. Thats why you can now have a Telehealth consultation from the convenience of your own home. This means if you or someone in your household has fallen ill, you have had recent surgery or for whatever reason you’re unable to come into one of our clinics, you can still get help and support from your podiatrist.
Call us on (02) 8520 8818 to check if you are eligible for a Telehealth consultation today!
Note: Telehealth services are unsuitable if you desire to be assessed for orthotic devices.