Podiatrists specialise in all things feet and lower limbs. A consult with our podiatrist will include:
• A detailed history of what the problem is and how it has occurred
• A comprehensive assessment of your injury, or foot problem, and an explanation you will understand
• Treatment and advice on how best to manage the issues.
What conditions does a podiatrist deal with?
- Sports injuries
- Foot and lower leg pain
- Ingrown toenails
- Foot skin conditions
- Orthotic prescription
- Corns, callus and nail care
- Footwear assessment
- Paediatric/kids foot issues
- Post surgical rehabilitation
- Diabetic foot care
Why do diabetics need a foot assessment?
Having diabetes can increase your risk of foot ulcers and amputations. Your feet are at risk because diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, reduce blood circulation and sensation and cause infection.
This damage is more likely if:
- You have had diabetes for a long time
- Your blood glucose levels have been too high for an extended period
- You smoke – smoking causes a reduced blood flow to your feet, wounds heal slowly
- You are inactive.
If you have diabetes it is recommended you get your feet checked by a podiatrist at least once per year, and more frequently if your feet are high risk.
Prescription or OTS orthotics, whats the difference?
Custom made orthotics
Are individualized and made to fit your feet and shoes. A cast or digital scan of your feet is taken by the podiatrist and the orthotics are manufactured to meet your biomechanics and functional needs.They can incorporate specific support and control features that are not included in off-the-shelf orthotics. Typically, a custom made orthotic is more likely to provide faster recovery from injury and longer lasting foot health.
Off the shelf orthotics
Usually matched to your shoe size and then trimmed to fit. They offer a generic arch profile, heel support and will be expected to last 6-12mths. They are not moulded specifically to your feet and functional needs. They are a good baseline generic alternative to custom made orthotics.
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