Treatments

Orthotics

Foot orthotics are shoe inserts designed to support, align, or improve the function of the foot. People of all ages with a variety of foot or lower leg problems wear orthotics. Sportspeople are often prescribed orthotics 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.

There are many different kinds of orthotics. If you require orthotics our podiatrists will design a specific care plan for your individual needs. This will include a comprehensive assessment and will outline your diagnosis, the type of orthotics you have been prescribed, proposed footwear to wear with your orthotics, as well as any additional treatment which may be required. Everybody's prescription will differ and each pair of orthotics are custom-made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves).

Nail Surgery

Ingrown toe nails are very common. Treatment is simple, once the part of the nail that is growing into the skin is removed, the pain will be resolved instantly. This can generally be done witin a normal appointment and you should be able to put a shoe on immediatly. More serious cases may require nail surgery, which is done within our clinic under a local anaesthetic, no need for any stitches or a hospital visit.

 

X-Rays

In Australia, podiatrists complete an undergraduate degree in Podiatry, which includes biomedical science subjects and podiatric specific medical studies. One of the methods in which podiatrists are trained is the use of xrays and diagnostic ultrasounds. Your podiatrist can frequently refer to x-rays to help doagnose conditions.

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a high frequency soundwave.It is produced by the vibration of a crystal inside a sound head. A gel is used to allow better transmission of soundwaves into by tissue.

Ultrasound speeds up the rate of soft tissue (tendon, muscle, ligament) repair after the acute phase of inflammation has subsided and also helps to reduce fibrous scar tissue. This, in turn, greatly reduces the risk of re-injury.

Parafin Wax Bath Therapy

This treatment involves submerging the feet into a container of melted paraffin wax to relieve pain, treat or prevent muscle injury, or deep clean and moisturize the skin. It is a natural way for people to relieve pain, a method used for several centuries, and does not use any drugs. Besides treating conditions such as arthritis, muscle injury, and rheumatism, wax bath therapy can also relieve conditions such as inflammation, fibromyalgia, eczema, bursitis, psoriasis, and tendonitis.

 

Injection Therapy

Broadly speaking there are three types of injections in common use, although by far the most useful of these is steroid (cortisone) injection. Steroids work in two ways, firstly there is a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that is used to break the cycle of pain and inflammation. This vicious cycle is quite common in the foot as it is, in fact, very difficult to rest an injured area completely. Steroids also work by reducing the bulk of soft tissue in an area. Common reasons for this are: painful joints, , painful bursitis, painful nerve conditions, painful trigger points & painful post-operative scars

 

Medical grade silicone is used when we want to introduce synthetic padding into a specific area. The usual reasons for this are: loss of fibro fatty padding to the sole of the foot, painful corns & persistent metatarsalgia

 

Trigger Point Therapy/ Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a needling method, similar to acupuncture, used to reduce pain by stimulating muscle trigger points.

The needles used are called filament needles. They are extremely fine and cause patients relatively minimal pain during insertion.

Following discussion with your Podiatrist, dry needling may be performed as part of an overall treatment plan and will not be used alone, to treat a foot problem or injury.

 

Photodynamic Therapy

New treatement for Fungal Nail Infections. This new treatment is safe and gentle to the nail and much cheaper than laser therapy. Photodynamic Therapy destroys the fungal cells upon exposure to a specific light and there are no nasty side effects. If you suffer any of these symptoms, Photodynamic Therapy is for you….Discoloured Nails, Yellow streaks under the nail, Distorted or thickened nails, Brittle crumbly nails, White spots or streaks on nail surface

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