Our detailed assessment includes a thorough examination of the patient’s feet, ankles, knees and hips. We also look at bone structure, muscles, joints, stability and alignment.
Inclusive in this assessment is a gait analysis which identifies walking anomalies of the patient. It can be done whilst walking on a flat floor or on a treadmill with video recording software.
This will determine the underlying causes of pain and discomfort and can be used to diagnose conditions, such as flat feet and knee pain.
This annual assessment is essential for patients with diabetes and/or arterial and neurological problems. They involve the observation of feet, legs, arterial blood flow, vibration and sensation, ulcer-risk, pressure and education. These tests are important when determining complications for diabetic patients.
Paediatric ‘Children’ Assessment
Paediatric assessments determine abnormalities in young patients and involve careful examination of walking and gait patterns that are not right like in the instance if the child has an in-toe or out-toe gait, flatfeet, knocked knees or trips over frequently. The younger the child, the easier they are to be corrected. These tests are especially important when there is a family history foot and lower limb problems.
Orthotics are insoles that have been customised to suit the specific patient’s foot. They are used to treat a range of conditions such as flatfeet, heel pain and knee pain by positioning and aligning the foot correctly. Most common foot and knee biomechanical conditions may be treated using orthotic therapy.
Ingrown Nail Surgery
When a patient suffers from chronic or reoccurring ingrown toenails, surgery may be required. This involves removing a section of the nail and cauterising with acid the area to stop regrowth.
Surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic and patients are directed to take a course of antibiotics following the procedure in the case of infection.
Nail care, calluses, corn debridement and general assessments are offered to improve the health and comfort of the patient’s feet. Advice is also given regarding proper shoe-wear, gait and fall prevention.
Medicare EPC plans for general podiatry are treated free from gap payments.
Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Dry needling works by promoting blood flow to a certain area, while breaking down adhesions and scar tissue, freeing structures and promoting repair. It is very effective when combined with orthotic therapy and is a great tool for treating muscle strains and pains, trigger points, swelling, adhesions, injuries to ligaments and joint pains.
Lower Limb Mobilisation
If the joints in a patient’s hip, knee or ankle experience ligament weakness or trauma, they will require repositioning. This helps reduce stress on the joints and helps keep the body aligned.
Prolotherapy “Non-surgical ligament reconstruction”
Prolotherapy is a natural safe injection therapy that is injected into the affected ligaments, tendons and cartilage which leads to local inflammation. The localised inflammation triggers a wound healing cascade resulting in the deposit of new collagen fibres. New collagen shrinks as it matures, tightening and strengthening the ligament or affected tissue. It is to treat common conditions like heel spur syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and lateral ankle sprains. X rays are usually ordered before and after a course of therapy for joint conditions.