Footsmart Podiatry can help you with all of your podiatry needs from the most complex problems to your more common complaints.
Regular treatment by a podiatrist can help prevent many common issues such as ingrown toenails, corns & calluses, fungus and cracked heels. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
Some of the most common complaints we deal with daily are listed below:
Corns & Calluses
Corns and calluses are a build up of hard skin as a response to abnormal pressure or friction. The removal of corns and calluses is completely painless. This may be hard to believe considering how much discomfort and disability they can cause.
Your podiatrist can remove corns and calluses immediately at your first consultation, providing you with instant relief. To help prevent them from re-occuring, your podiatrist will also develop a treatment plan tailored to you.
Dry and cracked heels are uncomfortable, unsightly and can be painful or even lead to bacterial infections. They can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, wearing backless shoes and walking barefoot.
Our podiatrists can painlessly remove the hard skin and advise on how you can control the problem. In addition to regular podiatry visits, daily application of a heel balm and regular use of a pumice stone can aid in preventing the build-up of hard, cracked skin.
Blisters are a classic case where prevention is a lot easier than cure. Blisters form due to friction between your skin and your shoe. Poor fitting shoes, or shoes that don’t conform perfectly to your feet, will increase the chance of blister formation.
If blisters do occur, your podiatrist can help to provide a speedy resolution and have you back on your feet quickly.
Bunions are large bumps on the inside of the foot, at the joint just below the big toe . Development of bunions is influenced by family history, abnormal foot function and footwear.
Whilst they are often not painful on their own. Inappropriate footwear and abnormal foot function are usually the cause of pain associated with bunions. These influences can be addressed by your Podiatrist.
If podiatry treatment does not produce a satisfactory outcome. Your podiatrist will discuss surgical options available to you and if needed, will refer you to an Orthopaedic surgeon.
Warts occur commonly on the feet and can be difficult to treat. Unlike many dermatological conditions that present superficially on the feet, warts are caused by a virus, known as the Human Papilloma Virus.
As the cause of a wart is systemic (i.e. a virus), removal of the wart does not guarantee it will not reoccur. All wart treatments, ranging from ointments to surgical removal, aim to trigger the body’s immune system to develop a resistance to the virus. There is no cure for the virus at present.
Your podiatrist can advise on appropriate treatment of plantar warts, including removal of the wart under local anaesthetic if required.
At our Footsmart Podiatry clinics we offer HICAPS facilities meaning you can claim your rebate through your Private Health Insurance on the spot.
We recommend contacting your Private Health fund prior to your appointment. By quoting the item numbers listed below, your health fund should provide you with an estimated cost.