Nail and Skin Problems
Whatever is causing you discomfort or pain with your toenails or the skin of your feet, we can help. We use safe, sterile and clinically-proven techniques to treat a wide range of problems with the nails and skin.
Fungal nail infections
Fungal nail infections are caused by fungus that infiltrates the nail. Early signs of infection may include white spots or streaks on the nail. As the damage progresses, the nail may thicken, become brittle or crumbly, and become yellow or brown. By helping eliminate the infection, your nails can grow out healthy and clear.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that infects the skin. It can cause itchiness, redness and small ‘bubbles’ in the skin. As fungus prefers warm, moist environments like inside your closed-in shoes and socks, it can be difficult to successfully treat. We not only provide effective products to help you treat the infection, but advice to help you manage the symptoms and help prevent re-infection in the future.
Corns are small, hard areas of dead skin that are often caused by friction (rubbing) or pressure. They can quickly become painful and uncomfortable when they develop on the bottom of the feet. We are able to safely and effectively remove corns in one appointment, often giving great relief to patients from the moment they put their feet down.
Calluses are thick patches of hard, dead skin that develop in response to friction or pressure, as a way to protect the underlying skin. This is why callus often develops on the bottom of the heels and around the toes. While callus is not traditionally painful, over time it can build up to a significant thickness which may cause some pain or discomfort, or even crack. We are able to reduce callus in one appointment to help relieve pain and discomfort.
Many conditions can cause our toenails to thicken, including fungal nail infections, an injury to the nails, increasing age, and tight shoes that regularly squeeze our toes. We use podiatric tools to help reduce the thickness of your nails, as well as help identify and treat the cause of your nail thickening where possible.
Ingrown toenails develop when part of the nail edge pierces the surrounding skin. They can be extremely painful and affect people of all ages, including small children. We have many solutions to remove the offending nail edge, from minor surgical procedures to simple one-off treatments.
Heel and Arch Pain
Pain at the heel and arch can be extremely debilitating, causing those affected to struggle to complete everyday tasks. We work to not only help alleviate painful symptoms and restore your mobility, but also to treat the cause to reduce the chance of it coming back in the future.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that is often referred to as heel spurs. It often causes sharp pain at the heel first thing in the morning and when standing after rest, which may ease as you continue to walk. It develops when a soft tissue called the plantar fascia is damaged, causing swelling and small tears in the tissue. We use podiatry treatments to help alleviate your symptoms and treat the cause of the damage, including foot mobilisation, western medical acupuncture, strapping, orthotics and low-level laser treatment.
Plantar warts are small, grainy lumps that arise on the surface of the foot and are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is often contracted in childhood and spread in public areas like swimming pools and changing rooms. Depending on the location of the wart, some can become very painful, while others may stay asymptomatic. We have multiple treatment options to help manage plantar warts for both adults and children.
Pain in the forefoot has many causes, often resulting from increased pressure and overloading the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments around the ball of the foot. We treat a range of conditions that cause forefoot pain, including plantar plate ruptures, metatarsalgia, capsulitis, sesamoiditis, lateral column overload and more. We also help reduce pain in systemic conditions like gout and arthritis, by using treatments like orthotics and low-level laser treatment.
The Achilles tendon takes on a great load when we walk and run, so can be susceptible to injury if it is not cared for. Pain typically presents at the back of the heel and can be sharp and sudden, or can come on gradually over time. Either way, pain should not be ignored to ensure the injury does not worsen or become longstanding. We work to both alleviate your painful symptoms, and to treat the cause of the strain to your Achilles to reduce the likelihood of it recurring in the future.
Ankle injuries are both painful and can compromise our ability to walk on the affected foot. We work with you to understand the cause of your ankle pain, whether it’s from an ankle sprain, bursitis, a stress fracture, an ankle impingement or something else. Our podiatrists then prescribe a treatment plan specific to your symptoms and your goals, to help you get the best outcomes for your feet. We may use low-level laser therapy, orthotics, foot mobilisation techniques and other therapies to help your recovery.
While having flat feet may not cause many problems for some, others may be more prone to developing painful conditions and injuries. This is because having flat feet can cause the muscles and joints to work harder than normal with every step, making you more vulnerable to overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), abductor hallucis tendinopathy and more. Flat feet can also contribute to the muscles in our legs feeling tired and achy at the end of the day. When you have flat feet, we’ll assess what pains or problems they may be causing, if any, and work to help those problems using our range of podiatry treatments.
Diabetic foot care
Diabetes can have a significant effect on our sensation (ability to feel) and circulation (the blood flow to the feet). This can leave you vulnerable to injuring your foot without detection, alongside other problems. We perform annual diabetic foot assessments to help you understand the status of your foot health, and work with you to help manage the risks.
Lower Leg Pain
Pain in the lower leg can be frustrating, limiting and may even become long-standing if it’s not effectively managed. The causes of lower leg pain are often related to the biomechanical function (movement) of the feet and legs and can affect anyone at any age. Treating lower leg pain involves both relieving the painful symptoms and identifying and treating the cause, to reduce the likelihood of the pain coming back in the future.
The knee is a complex joint with many muscles, ligaments and tissues to provide stability and support its healthy function. As it is integral to helping us move and walk, treating knee injuries must be done carefully to avoid complications like long-term weakness or instability. Knee injuries are often caused by either trauma (accidents), or from the biomechanics of the lower limbs, that is, the way the musculature works together, which may sometimes lead to the straining or pulling on the knee joint.
Shin splints is a limiting condition that can cause pain and swelling at the front of the shin bone (tibia). It’s often caused by stress or strain to the shin bone or the muscles that attach to it. Shin splints often occur in runners, but can affect anyone. Treating shin splints involves identifying the causes of strain on the shins and working to reduce the force or tension, helping to both alleviate the pain and reduce the likelihood of the pain coming back. Treatments for shin splints include low-level laser therapy, orthotics, medical acupuncture, foot mobilisation therapy and more.
Staying active with sports means putting large loads and forces through your feet and legs, which can leave you susceptible to injury. Whether you’re a recreational player or you’re preparing for the big leagues, we can help optimise the way you move and help you manage any pain or problems that develop.
Ankle sprains occur when the foot is forcefully twisted inwards on the ankle, damaging the ligaments that stabilise the ankle. This can cause pain, swelling, bruising, and can make it difficult to put weight on the foot. When multiple ankle sprains are sustained and not effectively managed, chronic ankle instability can develop. We help you effectively manage ankle sprains, and take precautions to help prevent them from recurring. You can also sprain your ankle by rolling the foot outwards on the ankle, though this is much less common.
Children’s foot and leg problems
With children’s feet and legs always growing and changing, it can be hard to know what is normal – and what may be a problem. We perform foot and leg assessments specifically for kids, and help to treat a number of problems including in-toeing, out-toeing, knock-knees, growing pains, curly toes and walking problems. If you have any concerns about your child’s lower limbs or development, we’d love to help.