PODIATRY SERVICES IN DARWIN INCLUDING PLANTAR FASCIITIS TREATMENT
This is a longer appointment, usually 45 minutes, to carefully assess, diagnose and manage any foot problems that are present. The assessment involves a thorough history-taking, assessments of the feet and legs including joint range of motion testing, standing and dynamic tests and digital video gait analysis. This will lead to a discussion of the overall goals and treatment options suitable for you.
Treatments can include custom or semi-custom orthotics, rock taping, rigid sports strapping, dry needling, foot mobilisation techniques, footwear recommendations, activity modification and stretching and strengthening programs. Custom orthotics are made with the use of the latest in 3D scanning technology and the highest-quality materials including light-weight 3D printed orthotics. In some cases, orthotics for plantar fasciitis may be required in addition to other treatments.
TREATMENTS FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Plantar fasciitis, or heel and arch pain, is one of the most common foot complaints we see as podiatrists. The pain is caused by microtears in the plantar fascia (the long tight tendon under the arch) at the attachment point under the heel bone. Some of our patients Google their symptoms, so are aware that they may have ‘plantar fasciitis’, but this only provides a title to the problem – but not a fix. Following a detailed biomechanics assessment, we aim to find the underlying cause of plantar fasciitis itself, so we can provide specific treatment to help relieve your symptoms.
We provide general treatment for a variety of skin and nail issues that may be caused by abnormal foot biomechanics, poor footwear, genetics or joint deformities. We can treat a wide range of problems including corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, thickened and disfigured nails, verrucae (warts), fungal nail infections and heel fissures. If you have difficulty reaching and cutting your nails or are not sure about the ‘growth’ or hard skin on your feet, call to make an appointment.
INGROWN TOENAIL TREATMENT AND NAIL SURGERY
Ingrown nails are a common condition. They occur when a piece from the corner or side of the toenail breaks the surrounding skin. Usually involving the big toenails, ingrown nails can become infected and extremely painful. Ingrown toenails are caused by ill-fitting shoes, trauma, shape of the nail (e.g. very wide, involuted/curved), incorrect nail trimming or nail picking. Initial treatment usually involves trimming away the painful piece of nail and allowing the skin to heal. In severe or recurring cases, a minor nail surgery may be required using local anaesthetic in the toe to make it pain-free. A small section of nail is removed, and a chemical put on the matrix/root to permanently prevent it from regrowing. The procedure takes around one hour to complete and is performed in the clinic chair.
Diabetes can affect the whole body- including the feet. A diabetes assessment involves tests to assess the level of sensation (feeling) and circulation (blood flow) of the legs and feet, and a check-up of your skin and nails, and looking for deformities and movement of your joints. A diabetes assessment with a Podiatrist is an essential part of diabetes management and should be done every six-twelve months in most cases. Education will be provided to help manage any current issues and prevent long-term complications.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR TREATMENT OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND OTHER CONDITIONS
Get in touch with Swan Podiatry and Orthotics in Darwin or Katherine for plantar fasciitis treatment and other conditions. You can make an appointment by calling 0428 976 360 or by booking online.