The Podiatrist will treat and manage a range of problems affecting ageing feet including; diabetes, arthritis, ingrown toenails, corns, callus and other skin conditions.
Our Podiatrist will keep you on your feet, healthier and more mobile for longer.
It could be caused by many things, or be the result of a problem the structure of your foot. Or it may be related to an issue further up your body that affects the way you walk. Whatever your problem is, we will diagnose and provide a treatment option to suit you.
The Podiatrist will thoroughly assess the area where you are experiencing pain.
In the event we need further information to understand what’s happening we will refer you for x-rays, ultrasound (Medicare rebates apply) or other medical imaging. Any medical images that you may already have are very helpful to bring along to your appointment.
We also like to check out the footwear that you use on a day to day basis to reveal clues about how your feet work.
Children sometimes experience problems with their feet and lower limbs. Some of the common problems that children may suffer from are:
There are numerous causes of heel fissures or cracked heels, common causes include hormonal changes, infection, medication or dry skin. Biomechanical factors can also lead to cracked heels and this includes excess weight or forces on the heel pad and continual flattening of the heel pad structure, leading to callus and fissures.
Heel fissures are often painful and if deep can be a source of infection so they should not be dismissed.
Treatment of cracked heels or fissures involves careful reduction of the excess callus and fissure. This treatment is painless and produces immediate results.
Tinea often presents as scaling or flaking skin in its early stages. If allowed to progress to a chronic stage, tinea can lead to inflammation, itchy skin and sometimes even infection. People who suffer from sweaty feet are more prone to tinea infections. Being enclosed in socks or nylon stockings for long periods also provides a perfect breeding ground for tinea.
Treatment involves treating the cause, the Podiatrist can also recommend anti-fungal treatments to help treat and prevent tinea.
The Podiatrist will assess, diagnose and recommend the best course of treatment.
We will educate you on proper nail cutting techniques, as well as the best way to treat fungal toenail infections.
Ingrowing toenails can be an incredibly painful issue. Most often we can provide instant relief of your painful ingrown nail. We know how much they hurt and we’ll take the upmost care.
For recurrent infected ingrown toenails we can offer you regular maintenance care to prevent them occurring, or a minor surgical procedure in the clinic for a long-term solution.
Corns and calluses can develop due to pressure on the foot, this could be due to footwear or due to the way we stand, walk or run. The body responds to the pressure by producing thickenings in the surface layer of the skin. These hard patches of skin are called calluses and are part of the body’s defense system to protect the underlying tissues. If the cause of pressure is not relieved, calluses become painful. Common sites of corn and callus formation include the ball of the foot, under the big toe, tips and tops of toes and between the toes.
Treatment options and solutions range from removing the callus or corn, to footwear advice, redistributing the pressure with the use of padding or strapping and in some cases orthotics.
Warts are very common in children, patients with suppressed immune systems are also more prone to warts.
When warts occur in a weight bearing area of the foot a wart will grow into the superficial layers of the skin. These warts often cause pain as they can press on nerve endings.
If left untreated warts can sometimes grow bigger and spread to other parts of the feet making treatment more difficult.
Symptoms of diabetic foot problems include pain or a tingling foot sensation in the feet at night. Common diabetic foot problems include:
Diabetics should see a Podiatrist regularly. The Podiatrist can provide comprehensive ongoing treatment, in conjunction with your Doctor and other diabetes professionals. Treatment options range from regular foot maintenance, ulcer care, footwear advice and in some cases customised orthotics (insoles).
Custom orthotics are made specifically to suit your feet. Uncomfortable custom orthotics are those that have been poorly prescribed. Our Podiatrist – Torben – will make your custom orthotics in his clinic.
If your orthotics are looking tired but are functionally correct, recovering them is a simple way of extending the life of your orthotics. Modification of orthotics is common and Highgate Podiatry can make these minor changes.
Your big toe may start to angle toward your second toe, or move underneath it, this puts the other bones out of alignment, producing the bump that we call the bunion.
Bunions are progressive. They begin with the leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which can continue to become increasingly prominent.
Bunions can be painful; if you are experiencing problems with your feet then come and our Podiatrist and find out your treatment options
Ulcers on the feet can be caused by excess pressure, poor blood supply or poor blood flow.
Neuropathic ulcers are pressure ulcers caused in patients who have neuropathy (no feeling in their feet) and can be common in diabetic patients.
Plantar fasciitis or more correctly Plantar Fasciosis is often referred to as ‘stone bruise’ or ‘heel spurs’. It is an inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia that extends from the heel to the toes. The attachment at the inside of the heel becomes irritated and then inflamed resulting in heel pain. The pain may or may not increase with time on your feet. The pain may increase over a number of months. People with either overly flat feet or high-arched feet are most prone to developing this heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury where excessive pronation (fallen arches) adds additional tension to the plantar fascia causing the initial irritation. Spending long periods of time walking on hard surfaces and wearing low flat shoes that have little support can increase symptoms. On X-ray, heel spurs can be found in patients with heel pain, these are great indicators of tension at the attachment however these are rarely a source of pain.
Sever’s disease is most often caused by inadequate footwear, playing sport on hard surfaces, calf tightness and biomechanical problems. The disease is caused when the leg muscles become tight and overstretched or by repetitive stress being placed on the growth plate of the heel bone. Over time this stress causes micro-trauma, inflammation and pain.
The treatment for Sever’s disease can vary from resting from sports, cold packs, stretching and strengthening exercises, footwear advice and heel inserts for shoes and trainers.