Heel pain is a common problem we treat at Redlands Podiatry. It can have a large impact on your quality of life. Heel pain can make going about your daily activities difficult, prevent you from exercising and in extreme cases can make all walking uncomfortable.
Heel pain can be caused by several different conditions. In adults, common causes are plantar fasciitis (heel spurs), Achilles’ Tendonitis and referred pain. A common cause of heel pain in children is Severe’s Disease.
The first step in treating heel pain is to correctly diagnose the condition and other less common causes of heel pain considered to determine the causative factors of the pain.
Your Podiatrist can then structure a treatment plan to relieve your heel pain and get you back to your activities quickly.
Forefoot pain can be highly debilitating to your lifestyle. It can affect people of all ages however, is most commonly seen in the active population, particularly in runners and keen gym members. It can severely limit your level of physical activity.
Forefoot pain can take the form of general tenderness or a general dull ache, through to sharp pain, tingling, pins and needles in the toes and painful burning sensations.
There are numerous causes to forefoot pain including ill-fitting footwear, participation in high impact activities, and having poor biomechanics. It is important to have your forefoot pain assessed by your Podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and determine the cause of your pain.
The majority of causes of forefoot pain can be managed through conservative treatment, including footwear advice, in-shoe modifications or orthotic therapy from your Podiatrist.
Corns and Callous
Corns and callous are areas of hard skin that can occur on the feet. They can present on the sole or top of the feet and even can occur between the toes.
These are caused by pressure or friction, or a combination of both. This can be due to ill fitting foot wear or irregularities in walking patterns.
Treatment involves debriding (removing) the hard tissue from the affected area. This is generally a painless process as there is no breach of the healthy skin underneath. The majority of patients report immediate relief after treatment. In some cases the area may be a little sore for a day or two.
The podiatrist will also discuss ways to limit the return of the corn or callous. This may involve changing footwear, advising of protective covers or in some cases, the use of custom made insoles.
Ingrown nails are a common condition that involves irritation of the skin surrounding the nail. This usually occurs at the leading corners of the nail
The area will generally be red and inflamed and pus may be present. In more severe cases there may be “skin” growing toward the middle of the nail and bleeding may sporadically occur.
The main cause of this condition is poor nail cutting technique that results in a nail spicule (a needle like piece of nail) being left on the leading edge of the nail. This spicule then puts pressure on the skin and may penetrate causing an infection.
Initial treatment will involve removing the spicule. This is normally able to be achieved with only minimal discomfort. We do have the option of using a local anesthetic if required.
Techniques can be applied for persistent ingrown nails including nail packing, nail bracing or nail surgery to permanently remove the offending piece of nail. Your podiatrist will discuss the best option for each individual case.
The podiatrist uses fine tensioned wire to gently lift (brace) the edges of the nail away from the skin, reducing its curvature and allowing the underlying tissues to recover.
The benefits of bracing include:
- Painless to apply and wear
- No needles required
- A genuine alternative to surgery for chronic ingrown nails
- No time off work, school or sport
- No footwear restrictions
- Your health insurance may offer rebates on this item
Call us on 3820 6326 to arrange an appointment to assess whether this treatment is suitable for you.
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