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What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists are health care practitioners who specialise in diagnosis and treatment of conditions in the foot and lower leg.

Podiatrists are able to help you with sporting injuries, footwear choices, nail, corn and callous care along with conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Podiatrists who specialise in injury management often work alongside allied health professionals including Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and massage therapists to address the entire body. If you have a problem with your feet or ankle the most appropriate person to see is a Podiatrist. The lower limb and foot can often affect the function of the lower back, hip, knee and ankle region.  Appropriate diagnoses of your foot condition and early treatment can help prevent serious problems later in life. It is important to work with your Podiatrist and other allied health professionals to achieve the best outcome.

It is not necessary to obtain a referral to a Podiatrist unless you are registered under Veteran Affairs. Private health insurance funds cover Podiatry services under their ancillary tables.

General Care

Stonnington Podiatry is able to help with all of your corn, callous and nail care requirements. Corns and callous develop when excessive pressure is placed on a focused area of the foot. We commonly see callous form under the ball of the foot and heels. If left alone, the callous often continues to develop, harden and then form a corn which burrows deep to the surface of the skin.  Often simple debridement and offloading of the site is all it takes to improve your comfort levels.

A big part of a Podiatrist’s day consists of helping people with nail care. Whether you are unable to reach your toes, are unable to see your toes clearly or struggle to cut through your nails, Podiatrists at Stonnington Podiatry can lend a hand.

Fungal nails are often unsightly and sometimes painful. Stonnington Podiatry is able to assist by advising you on the most suitable treatment option for your nails before you spend considerable amounts of money on a treatment that may not be applied correctly.

Sports

Aches, strains and pains in the feet, legs, knees and even the lower back may be due to abnormal foot function. This may become particularly apparent with regular and repetitive sporting activities. Imbalances in our feet and legs that remain unnoticed during our daily activities can give rise to injuries when placed under the repeated strains of sporting activities. It is a good idea to visit a Podiatrist before entering a sports program involving the feet and legs, to make certain your body’s connection with the ground is correct. Podiatrists at Stonnington Podiatry can accurately diagnose sporting injuries of the foot and lower limb, identify the cause then treat the issues via various biomechanical corrections and soft tissue treatment techniques.

Visit one of our clinics to have your walking or running gait filmed and analysed via our computer gait assessment program, Silicon Coach.

Foot orthoses and Footwear

The correct footwear is extremely important for your feet. Correct fitting and supportive footwear (according to your foot function) is imperative for an individual's health. Stonnington Podiatry has the latest up to date footwear for you to trial prior to you purchasing them from your local shoe store. If the correct footwear alone is not sufficient to help with your condition, Podiatrists may prescribe orthoses (arch supports) that fit into shoes to offload structures of the lower limb prone to overload and injury. Orthoses are not only useful for sports people. They can also assist in abnormal gait or foot deformities that may have developed over time.

Consult your Podiatrist regarding advice on footwear.

 

Children and Podiatry

 

Don’t dismiss your child's complaints of aches as “just growing pains”. Sometimes, the reason for this can be due to poor foot and leg posture along with proximal weakness and instability. As children grow, their feet and legs undergo various stages of development. Flat feet, intoed, bow-legged and knock-knees are some of the conditions worth assessing.  As Podiatrists we are able to advise you whether your child’s development falls within acceptable limits for their age, or if treatment may be required.

Diabetes and Podiatry

People with Diabetes are at greater risk of developing serious foot problems including ulceration and amputation. Diabetes can cause a reduction in blood circulation and nerve degeneration in the feet and legs. Potential changes in blood supply and nerve function mean a Diabetic may have a reduced ability to detect and heal – even minor cuts and abrasions. For anybody with Diabetes, it is recommended that an assessment of their circulation, nerve function and other potential risks be conducted annually.