General Podiatry - treatment of nails, corns and callous
During general Podiatry treatments, we look at the condition of your skin and nails. Conditions that are common include:
- Thickened or discoloured nails
- Fungal nails
- Ingrown toenails
- Callous, including dry and cracked heels
- Verrucae - more commonly known as warts
- Athletes foot or tinea
A biomechanical assessment looks at how the foot and body functions during movement. Your Podiatrist will take a thorough history to help assess and diagnose your particular condition. This assessment is a non-intrusive physical examination including a gait analysis looking at functional or structural issues in your lower body.
Depending on the outcomes of your assessment the following may be prescribed: personalised stretching and/or strengthening exercises, strapping, footwear advice and orthotic therapy.
Ingrown toenails and Nail surgery
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions of the foot we treat. It occurs when a stray piece of nail protrudes into surrounding soft tissue as it grows. Ingrown toenails should be treated as quickly as possible to remove the spicule as there is a high chance of infection occurring. In severe or persistent cases of ingrowing toenails, a minor surgical procedure is available to permanently resolve the problem. It is called a Partial Nail Avulsion and involves the permanent removal of a portion of the toenail under local anaesthetic.
A child’s foot is soft and pliable, so any abnormal pressure can cause the foot to deform and cause pain. Conditions that may affect children and their feet include:
- Flat feet or pronated feet- a lot of children grow out of their flat feet but if your child is complaining of pain in the feet or lower legs this may be a cause for concern
- In-toeing or out-toeing – stretching and strengthening exercises and orthotic therapy can help with these.
- Knock knees or bow legs- this is normal in children throughout stages of growth but may require further assessment if symptoms arise.
Custom or semi-custom orthotics or innersoles are specifically made for you by a qualified Podiatrist. Orthotics are designed to enhance the motion of your feet and body. Orthotics can be made from varied materials depending on the needs of the patient. Our orthotics use the latest 3D foot scanning techniques using DELCAM foot scanners.
Diabetic foot care
Diabetes is a condition which can place you at greater risk of developing serious foot problems. Diabetes assessments are performed to detect any issues that could put the foot at risk. In the assessments, we look at:
- Nerve function
- Skin and nail condition
- Bone and joint function
Podiatry plays a key role in the treatment and management of Diabetic foot health and the prevention of complications such as wounds and amputation.
Wounds may occur due to numerous reasons. A Podiatrist can help treat wounds on the foot and ankle through regular debridement of tissue and using the appropriate dressings to cover the wound. Wound care constantly changes and requires a multidisciplinary approach- which we are passionate about at Footrix Podiatry.
We accept patients under workers compensation who have been injured at work and are under a case worker for workers compensation for Podiatry care.
Footrix Podiatry offer visits out of practice to your home or hospital to help with convenience when you cannot come into the practice.
Medicare & DVA
If you are eligible, a GP can refer you to one of our Podiatrists under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. If you have a current care plan in place, you are entitled to receive a rebate from Medicare for up to 5 visits per calendar year to Allied Health Professionals.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) allows gold card holders and some white card holders to have access to ongoing Podiatry care as required. Prior to treatment you will need to have a current DVA referral (D904) from you GP made out to Footrix Podiatry.
Outreach clinics in Young, Orange Aboriginal Medical Centre
We have another clinic which is open 2 days per week in Young, NSW. We also do outreach clinics to Orange Aboriginal Medical service and Bloomfield Hospital.