LOCAL PODIATRIST FITZROY NORTH
Custom Orthotics to Sports & Children's Podiatry Services
Podiatry is an allied health profession that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the foot and lower limb.
The scope of practice ranges from diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin, e.g. corns, calluses, tinea or warts, conditions of nails, e.g. fungally infected, ingrown or deformed nails, through to biomechanical issues requiring the prescription of insoles and orthotics.
A Podiatrist will also deal in the areas of diabetes foot management, sports medicine and injury, paediatrics (children) and gerontology.
Advanced Podiatry Care For Feet & Ankle Issues
Signs It's Time to See a Podiatrist About Any Of These Foot Problems
Numbness, pain or swelling in one foot.
Sore or swollen feet can be a sign of an injury. It's important to get medical attention if you notice sudden pain, swelling and/or numbness in one foot for no apparent reason though because it could point towards something more serious than just sore muscles!
The fungus that causes nail infection is called tinea unguublica. It can be easily contracted from garden work environments or even just at home with infected fingertips and it often goes untreated due to its embarrassment factor. The number of people who get nail fungus has increased exponentially with the growing popularity in salon-quality manicures. If you don't treat it, your nails will become thick and discoloured while risking introducing this infection to other toes as well!
Continuous heel pain.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot conditions that podiatrists treat. They perform exams and take x-rays to determine what's causing it, then create a treatment plan for you!
You think you’ve sprained or broken your ankle or foot.
Foot and ankle injuries can be tricky to diagnose. A podiatrist, with significant experience with these types of problems will know exactly what's going on!
A reoccurring case of athlete’s foot.
Athletes' foot may be one of the most common fungal infections around, but it’s also easy to treat with over-the counter creams and sprays. If your athlete's feet keep coming back though - you should see a podiatrist who can prescribe more effective treatments as well as check for possible infection in those pesky little cracks!
You have diabetes.
Diabetics are at risk for developing foot problems such as poor circulation, nerve damage and ulcers. To prevent these dangerous complications it is important that diabetics see their podiatrist once a year so they can get examined professionally - this will help ensure the safety of your feet during treatment with potential medications or supplements that might not work well if you have damaged tissue in them already!
An ingrown toenail.
If you have painful and re-occurring ingrown toenails then a podiatrist can help you. A podiatrist can remove the problematic section of nail, clean the area and advise you on how to best manage your toenails on your own to prevent ingrown toenails happening in the future. Ingrown nail procedures can also be done as a long term solution - this can be further explained by a podiatrist.
There are many causes for developing a bunion, but it's often caused by ill-fitting footwear. Your podiatrist will be able to advise you on appropriate footwear and ways to manage pain and discomfort that bunions may bring.
Painful corns or calluses.
Corns and calluses can be a painful problem for those who have thickened areas of dead skin. The podiatrist will use their fingers to gently remove the hardened layers, which should make your pain easier than before you came in! They might also prescribe topical medication that gets rid of this condition quickly without having side effects like other treatments do.
Joint pain in the foot or ankle.
Knowing the cause of your foot or ankle pain is important so you know how best to treat it. Pain that persists even after taking an over-the counter anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen may require medical attention because there could be something more serious going on with respect to inflammation in those joints. If nothing improves within several weeks then don’t hesitate any longer – see a doctor or podiatrist immediately!