Warts (Verrucae) are usually contracted at wet places where you walk barefoot, so are common with people who use showers at a gym or swimming pools.
They are often confused with Corns and Callus – another type of painful hard skin lesion. Your podiatrist will be able to differentiate these.
Verrucae tend to be harder to treat if they are left for a long time so if you’ve noticed a new area of hard or thickened skin on the sole of your feet it might be one and you should visit your podiatrist for an expert opinion.
Warts are due to the Human Papillomavirus and develop on the foot in a cauliflower appearance, with the skin’s striations running around the wart itself.
Advance Foot Clinic’s treatment follows a régime that is relatively painless and requires no surgery. This allows the podiatrists to treat multiple warts simultaneously for a quicker treatment outcome.
Tibialis Posterior dysfunction is associated with the loss of function of the Tibialis Posterior muscle resulting from a repetitive strain or overuse of this muscle. The Tibialis Posterior muscle is one of the primary muscle that support the arch of the foot and plays a vital role in walking.
Main contributing factors
Podiatric treatment of tibialis posterior dysfunction can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include Changes in footwear, padding, strapping, physical therapies and orthotics.
Plantar Fasciitis (fass-e-i-tus) is probably the most frequent cause of heel pain in adults. It usually develops gradually but can appear suddenly, usually as a result of some form of trauma such as stepping awkwardly or on a sharp object. It is usually worse first thing in the morning or after cooling down after physical activity.
The Plantar Fascia is a fibrous band that runs from your heel bone (cal-cane-e-us) to the webbing at your toes. It acts as an elastic band to support the arch of the foot and help facilitate proper foot motion. Inflammation of the fascia or its attachments can occur if the fascia has been placed under significant stress from one or more of the following reasons;
Main contributing factors
Podiatric treatment of plantar faciitis can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include Changes in footwear, padding, strapping, physical therapies and orthotics.
A neuroma is a thickening of the nerve tissue caused by compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates swelling of the nerve which eventually leads to permanent nerve damage. The most common neuroma is in the foot and is called a Morton’s Neuroma.
Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms
Podiatric treatment of neuromas can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recomend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include changes in footwear, padding, strapping, physical therapies and orthotics.
Kids feet (especially below 4) are soft and pliable.
Your Children should visit Advance Foot Clinic if any of the following is evident:
Pressures that come from poor footwear or abnormal foot alignment can easily cause a child’s foot to deform. A child’s foot grows rapidly within the first year, generally reaching about half their adult foot size. Early intervention can achieve correction and maximize the kids feet health.
In older children and adolescents, growing pains in the leg and foot are a common complaint, often causing a deep ache during physical activities and at night. There are some specific causes of growing pains, especially in the heel, called Sever´s disease or calcaneal apophysitis and at the knee, where its called Osgood-schlatters disease. These diseases are directly correlated with growth spurts and are able to be remedied with podiatric care. Feet that sweat profusely or have a smelly odor can also be a problem in the older child.
Ingrown toenails occur when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The ingrown nail can also apply pressure in the nail sulci (where your toenail meets the skin) without penetrating the skin and while this isn’t an ingrown nail as such, it can be painful and often results in the formation of a corn or callous in the nail sulci.
Main contributing factors
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for treatment of the infected ingrown toenail, however while the nail edge remains the symptoms will reoccur. Advance Foot Clinic Podiatrists can easily remove the corner or spike that has penetrated the skin, a procedure that generally causes little discomfort. If the ingrown nail is too painful or is too deep, a local anesthetic will be used in conjunction with a minor surgical procedure which is performed at our offices. Until the problematic wedge of nail that is causing the ingrown toe nail is removed, infection will reoccur. Reoccurring ingrown nails may need to have the edge permanently removed with a minor surgical procedure. Advance Foot Clinic uses a phenol based chemical during surgery which sterilizes the nail bed to minimize the likelihood of a reoccurrence.
Fungal nail infections and fungal infections in the foot can occur in both the nail and the skin. An infection of the skin is known as Tinea Pedis or Athletes Foot. Infections of the nail are called Onychomycosis. These represent some of the most common skin infections.
As we age the body’s natural infection fighting capabilities greatly diminish. Fungal infections in their own right pose little consequence to the body, apart from aesthetically. It is the secondary complications that concern podiatrists. Chronic fungal infections predispose the client to more serious bacterial infections most commonly with Diabetics.
Main contributing factors
The most common means by which people contract a fungal infection is via:
A few factors can predispose a person to contracting a fungal infection
Treatment for fungal infections will depend on the severity of the infection. Often fungal infections will require treatment over a period of weeks or months depending on the location, severity and type of fungus. Incomplete treatment can often result in recurrent infections – the podiatrist will be able to assist with formulating a comprehensive treatment plan.
Diabetic foot care is a crucial element of looking after a diabetic patient. Advance Foot Clinic plays a major role within a health care team approach in prevention and management of complications in diabetics’ feet. We advise that patients with diabetes should be assessed at least annually (more if the risk is greater ie your diabetes is not well controlled or you have suffered from diabetes for a long period of time).
Regular foot care from a Podiatrist is vital in preventing symptoms from developing. As well as nail care, callous and corn management, Advance Foot Clinic also performs neurological and vascular screening to monitor patient’s conditions. The use of dopplers (ultrasonic blood flow detection devices) at our surgeries have greatly improved the detail in which your vascular system is monitored ensuring diabetic foot care is regularly monitored.
Diabetes (mellitus) is a chronic disease that can affect people of any age. There are predisposing factors for the onset of diabetes such as genetic predisposition, weight, amount of regular exercise, diet and age.
Diabetes affects the feet in the following ways;
Advance Foot clinic offers a range of proactive and reactive treatments to best ensure foot health of the diabetic patient is optimized.
Advance Foot Clinic podiatrists are able to prescribe custom foot orthoses (orthotics) to assist in the rehabilitative process of many conditions.
Advance Foot Clinic offer you the latest premium made, custom computerised, medically graded EVA orthotic devices available . We use software that allows us to produce a 3D scan of your feet. This scan is then used as a reference point throughout the entire manufacturing process, to ensure that we’re meeting your every need.
When prescribing Custom Foot Orthoses the requirements of your condition, your activities and your footwear will be taken into consideration.
Custom Foot Orthoses have been successfully used many times to relieve pain and treat conditions including common causes of foot, heel, leg and knee pain.
Corns-Callouses are both referring to thickening of the skin on the foot. Callous’s are thickened, hard skin that occurs on the foot in areas that receive increased friction or pressure. Corns appear as a horny thickening of the skin on the toes or beneath the foot. This thickening appears as a cone shaped mass pointing down into the skin and is often surrounded by callous. They are actually a normal and natural way for the body to protect itself (the soft tissues beneath the skin), similar to your hands. If the pressure continues the skin gets thicker and usually becomes painful. This often feels like there is a stone bruise or you will feel as if you are “walking on pebbles”
There are three main types of corns or callous which occur on our feet;
Main contributing factors
Bunions is a term used to describe a “bump” on the side of the big toe. But this bump is actually the result of a change in the alignment of the big toe joint. Instead of pointing straight ahead the big toe leans towards your second toe, causing the bump. Its correct medical term is hallux valgus. Bunions are a progressive disorder, gradually changing the angle of the bones. Usually the symptoms appear at later stages, although some people never have symptoms.
Other conditions which may appear with bunions include calluses on the big toe, sores or corns between the toes, ingrown toenails, and restricted motion of the toe.
Generally treatments are aimed at easing the pain of bunions, but they won’t reverse the deformity itself. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include Changes in footwear, padding, strapping, debridement of panful callosities, physical therapies and orthotics.
Arthritis – Legs and Feet and Arthritic disorders are characterised by inflammation of a joint, marked by pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Arthritic disorders are among the most common chronic (or long term) conditions that is painful and disabling. There are many different types of arthritic disorders but most commonly they occur as Rheumatoid arthritis or Osteoarthritis.
Advance Foot clinic podiatrists take an important role in the treatment of such disorders working in conjunction with other health professionals.
Treatments for Arthritis Legs-Feet are;
Achilles Tendinopathy is characterized by pain and swelling behind the ankle and lower leg caused by inflammation of the tendon itself. It occurs most frequently after a sudden increase in your level of activity without adequate training or conditioning. Changing footwear, occupation, work or playing surfaces can also lead to inflammation and pain through the Achilles area.
Main contributing factors of achilles tendinopathy:
Podiatric treatment of achilles tendinopathy can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include exercises, changes in footwear, padding, strapping and physical therapies. If your lower limb biomechanics are thought to be contributory your podiatrist may recommend orthotics.