Your feet are two of the most used and abused parts of the body, with all the walking and running that you do every day. Yet when it comes to our health, feet and toenails often get neglected. General foot care involves the treatment of difficult to manage long, thick toenails, painful corns and callous, fungal skin and nail infections, cracked heels, warts, blisters and foot odour. The aim of our Podiatric care is to ensure optimal foot health and comfort is achieved and maintained. Ongoing podiatry treatment may be required by patients who are unable to administer adequate self care.
Patients who may not be able to provide adequate self care and require ongoing Podiatry treatment may be:
Have Diabetes Mellitus
Reduced mobility – spinal issues, hip/knee replacements
Fungal infected/thickened toenails
What is a corn? A small area of thickened skin that often forms over bony prominences on the foot, commonly on the toes, which can be painful, caused by pressure. This reaction of an increased build up of tissue on a high pressure area may result in a wound or ulcer developing underneath if it is not properly treated. This can be very dangerous for patients with Diabetes due to the decrease in feeling and increased risk of infection.
What is a callous? A yellow thickened and hardened part of the skin, occurring in an area that has been subjected to friction. If left untreated it can build up to become quite thick and painful and can result in tissue breakdown and underlying wounds.
Vital Podiatry can provide vital foot care for the health and wellbeing of your feet. We can help painlessly remove corns and callous and assist in the management of difficult to treat toenails, as well as provide prevention strategies for it coming back. This is especially important for patients with Diabetes or arterial conditions to reduce the risk of wounds, ulcers or infections developing.
Ingrown toenail management and Ingrown toenail surgery (Onychocryptosis)
Ingrowing toenails are a very common condition seen by Podiatrists, whereby the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh resulting in pain, redness, swelling and sometimes infection.
These can occur due to:
Poor nail cutting technique
Curved nail shape
Ingrown toenails often reoccur, so if conservative treatment fails to effectively rectify the condition then ingrown toenail surgery is recommended. Our Podiatrist is able to offer a minor surgical procedure performed under local anaesthesia that will provide a long term resolution to an ingrown toenail. The procedure involves removing the ingrown portion of the toenail and nail root, and applying a chemical to prevent that portion of the nail to regrow. The procedure is relatively painless and will leave the toe appearing normal and healthy.
Skin and nail infections including wart management
If you have a skin or nail infection of the foot book an appointment with our Podiatrist for an assessment and treatment plan.
Common skin and nail infections of the foot include:
Onychomycosis (fungal nail infection)
Verrucae Pedis (plantar warts)