Podiatrists are experts in assessing, diagnosing and managing foot conditions. Good foot health is very important for people of all ages.
Diabetes Foot Care Assessments
Skin and Nail Care - Natural lower limb function for all ages
Natural lower limb function for all ages
Our bone and muscle structure change throughout our entire lives.
Children's Podiatry - During growth, it is important for children to reach certain growth milestones at certain ages in life, to ensure correct bone and muscle development and limit risk of acquiring abnormal function and pain. Some of these abnormalities may be present at birth (congenital). Others may be associated with poor footwear, poor technique, muscle weakness or tightness. Common developmental concerns: Hip dysplasia, late walking, in toeing, growing pains, flat feet, severs disease,
During our adult years the poor techniques or poor footwear we have used in our day to day movement over many years, present as pain and discomfort. Lower back, hips, knees, ankle and foot problems can often be identified as imperfections occurring during childhood development. Often abnormalities like leg length differences, poor hip, knee or ankle alignment, are only revealed during a podiatry assessment. Educated assessments and well managed treatment plans are often what is required to reduce pain and suffering, and may reduce the risk of surgery later in life. Common concerns in adulthood: Lower back pain, knee pain, ankle pain, overuse injuries, stress fractures, bursitis, muscle, ligament and tendon strains, tears and ruptures.
During our later years pain and discomfort may have become second nature. Unidentified development delays or changes to bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons over our life, lead to osteoarthritis, poor balance, and reduction in walking ability. This is often a time when we decide to seek professional help. Many seek surgical interventions, and for some, this may be necessary. For many others, a visit to a podiatrist for a well-managed treatment plan may reduce pain levels and improve quality of life. Common concerns in later years: Poor balance and instability, knee pain, increased pressure areas on feet leading to callus, corns and wounds, pain at the heel and ball of the foot, pain at the toes, acquired flat foot or fallen foot arches, sciatic pain, Tingling, burning, numbness or cold toes.
Regardless of the age, education is the key to keeping you on your feet. It is empowering to know your body is being well looked after, and you have given yourself the best chance at a healthy active life.
Diabetes Foot Care Assessments Important lower limb assessments we perform for diabetics:
Blood flow (vascular assessment)
Nerves (neurological assessment)
Joint range of motion and foot structure assessment