Corns, Callus and Warts

Corns and Calluses are common skin conditions of the feet that can easily be treated. We can also help you prevent them!

If there is extra friction on areas of your foot, your body will respond by thickening the surface layer of the skin. These hard patches of skin are called calluses. If the pressure is concentrated in a small area, it may develop into a corn. Sometimes the area becomes so irritated and inflamed that the nerve endings in your skin, under the corns will cause sharp shooting burning pain. A little help with your skin care, footwear and sometimes supporting your foot structure can go a long way in the treatment of corns and callous. By the way, did you know that its estimated 80% of the population wear incorrectly fitting shoes!

 

Plantar Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)- Yep, its a virus!

Warts grow on the skin of the feet or toes. They are contagious, they can spread and they can be painful because they have blood vessels and a nerve supply.  They are often mistaken for corns as they can be similar in shape and size and texture. Because warts are caused by a virus, you need your immune system to fight off the infection. Our treatments are aimed at triggering an immune response to eradicate the virus.

 

Toe Nails take about 12months to regrow. They are made of Keratin.

Have you ever wondered why you have toe nails? Well, there are so many nerve endings in your toes so your toe nails serve a protective function!

You may have nails you just cant maintain or reach yourself. You may even get corns and callus under your nails or they may become ingrown. They may affected or become damaged for many reasons including age, genetics, health, trauma, medication and fungus.

When dermatophytes (fungus) get underneath your nail, it causes a yellow/brownish discolouration. The nail can become quite thick and crumbly. If left untreated, the skin underneath your nail can become inflamed and/or painful – and it may retain a foul smell. It is so important to contact us at the first indication of a fungal or nail infection, to avoid further complications.

 

 

 

 

 

Biomechanical Assessment

At Foot and Ankle Care, we just don’t look at your feet. We can carry out a full biomechanical assessment to see how your gait (the way you walk) can be impacting other parts of your body, such as your hips and back. We also look at your joint range of motion and your muscle strength.

During gait analysis your body’s movements are observed, measured, recorded and assessed. Compensations in the body due to change in gait and alignment can lead to imbalance around the joints and the main muscles – such as hamstrings, glutes, quads, and calves.  A diagnosis can be made, and treatments can be prescribed for conditions which may be affecting your ability to walk, or are causing you recurring pain.

Diabetic Care

Every year there are over 4400 diabetes-related amputations in Australia. Most are preventable

Have you wondered about the connection between diabetes and your feet? Here is what you need to know about your feet and diabetes – and why it is so important to look after your health.

Having diabetes may increase your risk of developing diabetes related-complications that include nerve damage called ‘peripheral neuropathy’ or poor circulation in your feet called ‘peripheral vascular disease’.

If you have cold feet, numbness, sharp pains in your legs after walking, pins and needles, changes in your foot colour or poor healing skin, it is time to come for an assessment.

  • Having diabetes can increase your risk of foot ulcers and amputations.
  • At Foot and Ankle Care we can carry out an easy and painless check on your feet to determine whether your feet have a low or high risk of developing more serious problems.
  • Diabetics should visit a podiatrist annually for a foot health check and more frequently every 3-6 months if your feet are classified as high risk.
  • Diabetics should also have regular general foot care to maintain foot health.