Diabetic foot care IMPORTANT assessment plus education
Sports injuries, sports strapping & taping plus kinesiology
Dry needling (non-invasive)
Ingrown toenails & general nail care, including fungal infections & tinea
Cracked heels (often seen in diabetics with dehydration)
Heel pain/plantar fasciitis
Warts, corns and calluses
Wound management/venous compression therapy
I have foot pain, how do I relieve the foot pain?
A common presentation for tradies and retailers alike, fatigue of the feet and legs often present after a period of walking and standing. It is often related to poor footwear and can be associated with high arch or low arch foot posture.
Bony deformities are often due to a mechanical dysfunction causing a gradual shift in the bone alignment and a protruding bony prominence. Osteoarthritic change at the joint or surrounding joints may also occur.
Before heading to the surgeon’s office, conservative management to address the mechanical dysfunction including simple unloading, supportive devices and appropriate footwear can often result in a significant improvement in pain and function.
In adults, this can be related to overload and inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis), the fat pad surrounding the heel, and/or a heel spur. In children aged 8-14, heel pain is likely to be a common overuse injury called Sever’s Disease, where the growth plate at the heel becomes inflamed.
A plantar fascial tear and a growth plate fracture can go undiagnosed, so make sure you seek professional advice promptly, particularly when there is an inability to bear weight on the foot.
A general podiatrist should be the first point of call for skin and nail problems of the foot. Often a simple, pain-free debridement of built up dead skin can immediately resolve pain involved with corns and callouses.
A podiatrist is also very well equipped to diagnose and manage skin conditions of the foot including warts and recurrent blistering. Ingrown, thickened and fungal nails are best managed by a podiatrist.
As part of a comprehensive diabetic management plan to reduce diabetic foot complications, a podiatrist’s role is to ensure that the skin supplied by diabetic-affected nerves and vascular supply are carefully monitored, at least bi-annually.
We monitor the blood supply to and from your feet, changes in sensation and mechanical structure and increased plantar pressure and skin nutrition in the lower limb.
Peter’s expertise allows him to use hand examination and not a scanner.
Shoes are an important factor in determining how much pain a Morton’s neuroma causes. Research has shown that tight fitting shoes, such as high heels, can cause this condition to occur.