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Common Foot CONDITIONS

We treat a large range of foot and leg conditions. 

At Cheltenham Podiatry we Treat a Range of Conditions:

We treat a wide range of common foot conditions such as fungal nails and arthritis, ingrown toenails, shin splints and more. We believe that conditions should not hold you back, and we work collaboratively to come up with a treatment plan and strategies to allow you to enjoy life to the fullest. 

Read more about the range of conditions we specialise in below:

This frustrating condition occurs when fungal microorganisms inhabit the nails. These organisms prefer a dark, warm and moist environment, and toenails provide this. 

Fungal infections often begin at the tip of the nail, gradually moving underneath the nail. Over time, this interferes with nail health and appearance. 

Nails can appear yellow and discoloured and brittle. We offer PACT® is a photodynamic antimicrobial therapy to combat fungal nails. Talk to your podiatrist about the treatment today. 

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation, irritation or degeneration of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.

A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain when standing up first thing in the morning, as well as after rest. Throughout the day, the heel pain will usually return. Causes are usually a combination of poor biomechanical foot function, incorrect footwear, standing long hours on hard surfaces or acute injury.

Talk to your podiatrist about solutions for you.

Achilles tendinitis, now more accurately known as Achilles tendinopathy or tendinosis, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation at the back of the heel.

There are two main types of tendinopathy: at the heel bone (insertional) or just above the heel bone in the mid-portion (non-insertional).

Treatments for this condition include  a rehabilitation program, along with heel pads and sometimes orthotics as recommended by your podiatrist. 

Diabetes is a chronic disease that means a person’s body does not produce enough insulin.

Diabetes can also directly affect the feet in various ways if blood glucose levels aren’t properly maintained. 

Being equipped with an effective diabetic foot management plan and appropriate footwear as advised by a podiatrist can minimise damage and increase mobility. 

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ARTHRITIS/JOINT PAIN

‘Arthritis’ is actually an umbrella term for many different conditions that affect the joints, which also means there can be many different causes and symptoms.

Stiffness, redness, exhaustion and joint pain are symptoms of arthritis.  

There are several different treatment options depending on the individual case and severity of arthritis.

Your podiatrist can recommend and implement treatments for arthritis conditions. 

 

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INGROWN TOENAILS

Ingrown nails are nails that have punctured the skin as they grow forward. They are painful, usually down the side of the nail, and will often appear red and inflamed. They may also weep fluid. Ingrown nails should not be left untreated, as they may become chronically infected, and will often not heal until the nail spike is removed. 

Cheltenham podiatrists treat the condition by a simple reshaping of the nail edge to remove the sharp spike, or in chronic cases, a very simple nail correction procedure (surgery) can be performed under local anesthetic to prevent the problem from recurring in the future.

Alternatively, the new BS invisible nail brace is available for simple, pain-free correction. Book an appointment at Cheltenham Podiatry to discuss ingrown toenail solutions that suit you. 

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HEEL PAIN CHILDREN/SEVERS DISEASE

Sever’s Disease is a growth-related condition seen most commonly in children aged 5 – 11 years old, and a common cause of heel pain. The pain often increases with activity and some children will even experience pain undergoing regular activities, such as walking.  

Sever’s Disease is usually relieved by rest. The condition is due to the pulling of the Achilles and calf muscle at its attachment to the growth plate of the calcaneus (heel bone) as the legs grow and elongate, resulting in inflammation and pain.

Treatment of Sever’s Disease includes paddings, exercises, orthotics and photobiomodulation (low-level laser) . However, it is a self-limiting condition, as the growth plate eventually ossifies.

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NERVE PAIN

Nerve pain causes chronic pain and extreme sensations and is often due to trauma or damage to a nerve. Usually occurring after surgery, injury or/and  tight footwear . In the past, treatment options have been limited to strong painkillers that can often have unwanted side effects. 

Here at Cheltenham podiatry, we specialise in providing safer, side-effect-free options. This includes both photobiomodulation, pro and  perineural injection therapy. Lyftogt Perineural Injection therapy is a dynamic and innovative regenerative treatment,  a form of prolotherapy involving a medical grade 5% dextrose solution. It’s safe, simple and highly successful for permanent relief of nerve pain, usually only requiring between 3-6 sessions. 

Photobiomodulation can similarly repair damaged nerves and is a pain-free, drug-free option. This can also help pain from peripheral neuropathies, as seen in diabetic neuropathy.

CORNS AND CALLOUSES

Corns and calluses are one of the most common problems treated by Podiatrists.

Pathologically, the overall problems are the same: the skin has thickened in response to pressure. ‘Callus’ generally refers to a more diffused thickening of the skin, whereas a ‘corn’ is a more focal area of callus buildup, and is often more painful. A corn can occur under, and be surrounded by calluses. 

They are both generally painless to remove by your Cheltenham podiatrist, providing the patient with instant relief.

Sometimes, the podiatrist can use paddings and devices to slow down re-growth by reducing the pressure and or friction that causes them.

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SHIN SPLINTS

‘Shin Splints’ is a general term used for shin pain. The most common cause is a pulling of the soft tissue away from the boney sheath. It is characterized by pain along the inner border of the shin, and can occur at the beginning or end of exercise, as well as during.

Causative factors include biomechanical abnormalities, downhill/uphill running, activity on uneven surfaces, a sudden increase in training, activity on hard surfaces and inappropriate footwear. 

Podiatry is an important part of the management of this condition, particularly to correct foot function and loading, alongside orthotic therapy. Treatment may also include stretching exercises, footwear changes, night splints and training advice.



ULCER CLINIC

At our ulcer clinic, the podiatrists have years of experience dealing with foot ulcers. Ulcers are often caused by a combination of systemic and local issues, including diabetes, poor vascular supply, trauma, foot deformity, and infection. 

Once our podiatrists understand the cause, we can use a number of effective solutions. Treatment in our ulcer clinic will often include offloading of the wound with paddings, orthotics, specialist shoes and specialist dressing, depending on the type of wound. In cases of infected wounds, antibiotics and/or PACT photodynamic antimicrobial therapy may also be required.

For diabetic and reduced blood flow ulcers not responding to standard care, several other options are available, including photobiomodulation and platelet rich fibrin.. The latter is a new application that can be used to accelerate wound healing, in which a platelet rich clot is applied to the wound, releasing high concentrations of growth factors over 5 days. It is reapplied weekly, and shows promising results.

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BUNIONS (HALLUX VALGUS)

Bunions are a common problem that can develop in the main joint of the big toe.

Largely a genetic condition, it may not be particularly painful initially, but once fully developed can cause major foot deformities including clawed toes, hallux valgus, overlapping toes and corns and calluses. 

If picked up early, podiatry treatment (exercises, prolotherapy, splints and orthotics) and advice on footwear can reduce pain, slow down the condition and help prevent some of the complications.

Once the deformity develops, osteoarthritis will form, resulting in further pain. This can be relieved with regenerative therapy.

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Get Advice and treatment for your condition

Suffering from foot or leg conditions? Talk to an experienced podiatrist at Cheltenham Podiatry. 

We have the tools, expertise and friendly attitude to help you. 

Book an appointment using our online form, or call our team today on 03 9583 3093.