Foot & Ankle Pain
Numerous reasons exist to why individuals develop foot and ankle pain, however general issues commonly include tendon, ligament, and muscle strains, fractures and oteoarthritis. More specifically, patients typically present with anterior leg pain (shin splints), posterior heel pain (achilles tendonitis), plantar heel and arch pain (plantar fasciitis), lateral foot pain (peroneal tendonopathy), big toe joint pain (osteoarthritis), and bunions (hallux abducto valgus). The podiatrists at Medical Foot Care will be able to effectively diagnose your foot problem, implement the necessary treatment, and ultimately have you walking pain free in the quickest time possible.
Insoles placed in your shoes aim to rectify any biomechanical anomalies that may be responsible for causing individuals pain and discomfort. Depending on the level of support required there are two main orthoses (insoles) types that can be pursued from podiatrists. The first being a prefabricated insole that is an orthoses fabricated from a generalised template and is commonly issued for lower levels of foot support and/or pressure redistribution. The second insole, termed a customized functional foot orthoses, is specifically made for each individual foot in order to achieve high levels of support. Custom insoles are extremely durable and attempt to realign the foot into a desired position whereby foot stress is minimized. Ultimately, foot orthoses attempt to support and realign the feet so that potential issues can be avoided and patients can continue walking pain free.
Whether you participate in sport on a recreational level or whether you are a competitive athlete, the staff at Medical Foot Care will be able to address any concerns that may arise whilst you are keeping active. As activities such as running are significantly more demanding on your feet in comparison to walking, they are susceptible to the development of numerous issues such as muscle, tendon and ligament strains. It is therefore essential to investigate the biomechanical parameters of foot function via gait analysis in order to identify any anomalies that may exist. Variations in foot posture including high or flat foot types predispose individuals to overuse foot disorders and therefore must be identified and treated accordingly. The staff at Medical Foot Care aim to keep you moving pain free so that your desired goal, whether it is weight loss or cardiovascular fitness, can be achieved.
Ingrown Tow Nails
Ingrown toenails are painful and commonly reoccur. If conservative treatments fail to effectively rectify the problem then surgical intervention is warranted. At Medical Foot Care the podiatrists are able to offer a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthetic that will provide long term resolution to ingrown toe nails. The procedure aims to remove the offending nail and via phenolisation of the nail matrix, the nail responsible for the ingrown toe nail will never grow back again. The procedure is relatively painless, does not produce any scars, and will leave the toe appearing normal and healthy.
Diabetes is a common endocrine disorder that seriously impacts upon the feet. It is therefore necessary to monitor the effects of the disease upon the vascular and neurological systems. The podiatrists at Medical Foot Care perform Doppler Ultrasound analysis to assess the vascular status of the feet and also perform sensory tests to establish the neurological status. These tests are generally performed two times yearly to monitor the diseases progression. The foot is also inspected and treated accordingly in an attempt to minimize the formation of pressure ulcers that are commonly associated with the diabetic feet. Our aim at Medical Foot Care is to perform both clinical treatment and provide individual patients with comprehensive diabetes education.
General foot care involves the management of difficult to treat long, thick and hard nails, painful corns and calluses, warts, foot odour, blisters, and fungal skin and nail infections. The primary objective of general foot care is to ensure optimal foot health is achieved and maintained. Ongoing podiatry treatment may be required by patients unable to provide adequate self care. The staff at Medical Foot Care are more than happy to assist with maintaining your feet in the best condition possible.