Podiatry Services in Darwin including Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
We take an extended time to carefully assess, diagnose and manage any foot problems present. The biomechanical assessment involves a comprehensive history-taking, appropriate foot assessments including joint range of motion testing, functional tests and digital video gait analysis, as well as discussion of overall outcome goals and treatment options available.
Treatments can include custom or semi-custom orthotics, rock taping, rigid sports strapping, dry needling, foot mobilisation techniques, footwear recommendations, activity modification and stretching programs. Custom orthotics are made with the use of the latest 3D scanning technology and the highest-quality materials. 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 aware they may have ‘plantar fasciitis’, but this only provides a title to the problem. Following a detailed assessment, we aim to find the underlying cause of plantar fasciitis itself, so we can provide specific treatment to help relieve symptoms.
We provide general treatment for a variety of skin and nail issues that may be caused by abnormal foot biomechanics, improper 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 heels 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 protrudes into the skin surrounding. 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 of 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 almost every part of the human body- even the feet. A diabetes assessment involves a thorough history of all your relevant medical history. Tests will be performed to assess the level of sensation (feeling) and circulation (blood flow) of the legs and feet, and a check-up of the health of your skin and nails. Diabetes assessments with a podiatrist are an essential part of diabetes management and should be performed 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 & 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.