Podiatry Services in Sydney:
Clinical General Podiatry
Probably the most recognised role of a Podiatrist is the provision of routine clinical general foot care podiatric treatment and nail maintenance for people who are unable to manage themselves. There are various reasons that the once basic task of cutting and managing your own toenails can become a tiring or risky challenge. These include diminishing eye-sight, decreased flexibility or co-ordination, insufficient strength or increased bleeding or infection risk. Some medical conditions such as Diabetes may also lead to an increased risk of foot complications. See the 'Diabetes' page on this site for further details.
A clinical general podiatry consultation will include routine foot care such as nail cutting, removal of corns or callus (hard dead skin). We will also provide advice if required regarding footwear, or general foot care.
A fully qualified and registered Podiatrist provides all services that are offered at Podiatry North.
Painful feet can affect your quality of life. Podiatry North provides the full scope of clinical general podiatry including:
- Chronic or acute ingrown toenails.
We adhere to the strictest protocols in sterilisation and infection control to ensure the safety of patients and practitioner.
All instruments are prepared and sterilised in accordance with the National Infection Control Guidelines for Podiatrists
Sports Podiatry and Biomechanical Assessments
Sports Podiatry and biomechanical assessments are terms used to describe a more specialised aspect of Podiatric care. Biomechanics is the application of engineering in studying human motion. A variety of lower extremity structural differences including flat feet high arches, bowed legs, duck walking, etc. lead to differences in the way mechanical forces affect the lower extremities. Just as a flat tire throws off the alignment of your car, abnormal gait patterns can result in knee, hip or back pain. Most commonly, this abnormal pattern manifests in children with growing pains, in athletes developing shin splints, knee pain and heel pain or in the elderly, with symptoms of arthritis, or in the diabetic or vascularly compromised patient making them susceptible to ulceration.
These conditions are in most cases a direct result of the misdirection of the mechanical forces on the lower extremities, and is a manageable problem with the proper expertise of a trained podiatrist. These assessments focus on analysis of lower limb posture and function to determine the causes or contributing factors leading to foot injury or pain. While this branch of Podiatry care is often marketed towards sports people looking to maximise their performance, the principles can be applied just as effectively to anyone seeking optimal foot function during day to day activities.
Anyone who suffers from foot pain or fatigue would benefit from a comprehensive biomechanical assessment to identify and treat the cause of the injury not just the symptoms. This will also allow you to take preventative measures to decrease the chances of you injury or pain recurring. While many lower limb injuries are obtained during competitive or recreational sporting activities, the foot pressures and stresses sustained during work and daily activities can also be enough to cause significant injury. Having sore feet is not considered normal, and is not something you should endure.
If you would like an appointment to have your lower limb or foot pain assessed, please call Podiatry North.
Sports Podiatry includes treatment of:
- Sports Orthotics: For Athletes and other active people who need biomechanical control to establish better foot and leg function. Helps prevent injury by protecting against pressure and impact shock.
- Traditional Orthotics : For patients who require longitudinal arch support with minimum to maximum levels of biomechanical control.
- Fashion Orthotics: Excellent for women who wear narrow, high-heeled or flat dress shoes and need support.
- Diabetic Orthotics: For patients that require protection and accommodation for changes in foot shape
Diabetes is a national health concern with the disease affecting Australians in epidemic proportions.
Type II Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with 215 Australians being diagnosed with the disease daily. By the end of 2012 Diabetes Australia expects the total number of Australians affected by diabetes to exceed 1.8 Million and over 3000 Australians will undergo amputations as a result of their disease.
Diabetes Australia recommends at least one (1) diabetes foot health assessment annually by a qualified podiatrist to assess your foot health status.
We will be able to highlight any risks you may be predisposed to and in many cases you may be unaware of. Our Neurological and Vascular Assessments utilise Doppler ultrasound blood flow technology along with other diagnostic tests to determine the health of your lower limb blood flow and nerve supply.
The information about your foot health and risk category is then shared with your general practitioner for a multidisciplinary collaborative health care approach. Your podiatrist will also recommend management strategies in the attempt to minimise your risk of lower limb diabetic complications.