What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a respected allied health care profession dealing primarily with issues affecting the foot. “Podiatrists work to improve the mobility, independence and the quality of life for their patients by providing preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and lower limbs” (Feet for Life).
Podiatrists are highly trained health professionals who have undertaken university degrees which include clinical training over 4 years. Podiatry is an evidence-based profession focused on maximising the health of your feet, which in turn may also maximise the health of your overall body.
At Coomera Wellness Centre we have two dedicated Podiatrists to care for your feet. With a wide variety of experience using the latest technology for an array of conditions, both Catherine and Peter are well qualified to treat your needs.
Coomera Wellness Centre incorporates a philosophy of integrating allied health and other health care professionals to ensure communication is paramount between providers to have the best overall outcome for your needs.
Who Can Benefit from Podiatry?
If you are diabetic, a tradesperson, an athlete, young or old, re-starting a fitness program or just in need of foot care advice, seeing a Podiatrist can benefit you! Podiatry can benefit just about anyone, in particular those who suffer from the conditions outlined below.
What can a Podiatrist do for me?
Podiatrists treat many conditions and general ailments including:
- heel pain
- plantar fasciitis
- heel spur syndrome
- flat feet
- high arches
- hip, knee or lower back pain
- shin splints
- ankle pain or instability
- forefoot pain
- neuroma or metatarsalgia
- sports injuries
- foot conditions associated with diabetes
- arthritic conditions
- corns and callouses
General Foot Care
Nail cutting for those who cannot reach or bend to their toes. This can be due to having back trouble, post-operative or just not able to quite get down to your toes without a struggle.
We can reduce cracks and remove hard skin on heels to help reduce lesions and infection. Removal of callous and corns to help your feet feel better and get you back moving without pain. We can also provide padding to offload the pressure areas, to keep you on your feet longer.
Reduction of thickened nails using a gentle method to reduce pain at the nail and to enhance the appearance.
Solutions for fungal infections on both feet and nails that are natural and inexpensive.
We can provide solutions for pain in your back, hips, knees, ankles and feet.
Some pain in other areas of the body may be coming from a functional problem in your feet. We provide a full biomechanical assessment to provide short and long term solutions. We offer this service to all ages and can also provide solutions for preventative care for arthritis in the feet.
Our Podiatrists can provide custom orthotics using an Australian manufacturer that uses the latest technology and machinery to create the bespoke orthotics. They can also provide quality off the shelf orthotics which may assist in less complicated cases.
Foot wear advice is also important and finding out your foot type, and may help you find more comfortable shoes.
Diabetic Foot Care & Wound Care
We provide a diabetic foot check that is an important part of making sure that your feet have a healthy supply of blood to them, to assist with avoiding complications in the future. This includes checking your protective senses to make sure you can still feel a foreign body, such as a small piece of glass or splinter in your foot, which if left untreated can lead to infection and possibly amputation of the affected area. Our Podiatrists use a Doppler & Neurological Testing, following which they will then forward the results to your GP.
We have extensive experience in caring for wounds, including ulcers and post-operative areas on the foot and ankle.
Nail Solutions for Ingrown Toe nails
Ingrown toe nails are a common complaint. There are several reasons an ingrown toe nail presents itself and thereafter can sometimes become infected.
A true ingrown toe nail is where the nail has been trimmed but a small spicule at the corner has been left and grows into the side of the skin in what is called the sulcus.
This can easily be rectified by our Podiatrists, who will also provide education on how to cut the nail without leaving the spicule in order to reduce the chance of reoccurrence.
Another common complaint is where the nail curls around and into the skin. This is an involuted nail and can also be treated successfully using a conservative approach.
A pincer nail, where it has become almost in the shape of a tight horseshoe, puts pressure on the underlying skin and can be very painful. This can also be treated conservatively but sometimes requires nail surgery to alleviate the problem permanently.
Nail surgery* is usually the last resort. Our Podiatrists are trained to perform nail surgeries when the condition requires this form of treatment.
*Nail Surgery – any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Foot Care Tips
Don’t ignore foot pain – it is not normal and if pain persists, see a Podiatrist!
Wash your feet regularly – especially between the toes and be sure to dry them!
Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair every day of the week!
Home remedies – be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
We are here to help!
So if you suffer from these or any other foot problems, make an appointment to have your feet checked today.
To book an appointment to see a Podiatrist at Coomera Wellness Centre, please click here or phone (07) 5580 5655.