We at Health Plus Clinic are dedicated podiatrists committed to delivering a professional and personalised podiatry service. We recognise that even though people suffer from the same common problems, no two people are alike and therefore we use a holistic, individualised approach to each person we treat.
We understand foot problems more than anyone. We are highly trained to know that pain in the feet is not just a nuisance but can be an indicator of more sinister conditions. Whether it’s just the strain of too many hours walking in 6 inch heels, plantar fasciitis or overuse we are here to help.
We are members of APHRA, First Aid trained and educated to degree and postgraduate level. We regularly attend courses so that you can be assured you are in safe hands and can expect to receive the most up to date standard of care. Our podiatrists have worked in UK, Ireland, Tasmania and mainland Australia, so you can be assured we put into practice the latest ideas and most up to date techniques. We enjoy close personal connections with all our customers.
We offer assessment and management of the diabetic foot and circulatory problems associated with the feet. An increasing number of senior citizens can no longer care for their foot needs. This can be due to impaired sight and inability to reach their feet comfortably. Feet that are not managed correctly can develop into problems such as ingrowing and clubbed nails leading to possible infection, osteomyelitis and in severe cases, amputation.
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Common Foot Problems
This is a common problem and diagnosis may be plantar fasciitis. The inflammation and irritation of the tough tissue called the fascia can be pulled and strained. Usually the pain is more apparent first thing in the morning.
Heel spurs are another source of heel pain. This usually occurs due to growths of bone on the back of the heel which can be very painful. They can be caused by incorrect footwear, abnormal gait or pronation flat feet or high arches are more susceptible, or from sports activities.
Corns can be very painful and usually present as a hard lump on the skin with a dot in the middle. Corns and callous can be avoided by wearing shoes that fit properly and are not to narrow or tight.
Foot Pain (Balls of the feet)
Metatarsalgia also known as stone bruise, is a type of pain and inflammation that occurs in the ball of the foot. It often occurs in the metatarsal heads of the feet usually in the middle of the foot. Active people can be prone due to high impact on the area from sport activities like running, jumping and badly fitting shoes. It can be due to stress fracture of the toe bones, build up of fluid in the foot, diabetes, arthritis or a Morton’s Neuroma. It can affect both men and women but is most prevalent in middle aged females.
This is pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from the knee to the ankle. It can be very uncomfortable. People who play sports are particularly prone. Exercising too much, not wearing correct supportive footwear when playing sports, flat feet are all contributing factors.
Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) results when the toenail grows into the nail fold. It is a condition commonly seen in the big toe but is also seen in the lesser toes as well. Athletes commonly suffer from this condition and footballers. Ingrown toe nails can reoccur unless dealt with properly. It’s caused by pressure from the growth of the nail which can become trapped in the folds of the skin. Initially it can just present as a minor irritation later can progress to redness, inflammation and infection which may require antibiotics and nail surgery. It’s commonly caused by tight shoes, tight fitting socks, tight sport shoes, repeated activities such as kicking a ball, or trauma, also cutting the nails incorrectly and having a wide foot.
Pain under the knee
This is also referred to as jumper’s knee which is pain directly over the patellar tendon. Some of the most common are sprained ligaments, meniscus tears, bursitis, dislocation of the knee, tendinitis and runners knee are all common causes. Also if old injuries haven’t healed or been treated correctly they may flare again.
Pain in the buttocks (iliotiobial Band Syndrome)
This is one of the most common overuse injuries amongst runners. It occurs due to the iliotibial band and ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin is tight and becomes inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps to stabilise and move the joint. Progression of lateral knee pain made worse by heel striking the ground is a common symptom.
Fungal nails & Skin (athletes foot)
Fungal infection of the nails is common. The infection causes thickness and unsightly nails which can become painful due to the added pressure on the nails. It is commonly affected by people aged 60 and in younger people who share communal showers such as swimmers or athlethes. Nails that have been damaged due to kicking something or trauma are also more prone. You have an increased risk if you are: diabetic, have psoriasis, poor circulation, poor immune system or are in a poor state of health.
The most common are claw toes, hammer toes and mallet toes.
A claw toes describes the abnormal positions of all three joints in the toe. It consists of an extension constructure with the dorsal subluxation of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, together with flexion deformities of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) and distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints.
A hammer toe shows extension of the MTP joints and the DIP jonts. The PIP joints are hyperflexed.
A mallet toe shoes a flexed DIP joint, most commonly of the second toe.
Toe deformities are causes by a number of factors. They are usually associated with
Sweaty feet is also referred to as hyperhidrosis which involves excessive sweating of the feet. This can be caused by many factors such as heat and exercise or some medical conditions. Other areas of the body, sweat can easily evaporate but in the case of feet, it gets trapped between toes and in socks and shoes. When sweat gets trapped bacteria can feed on our sweat lease and cause an unpleasant smell. This condition can be an inconvenience for many people and often requires sufferers to change their socks more than once a day. Sufferers often feel embarrassed and this can have an impact on their person relationships and from engaging in sporting activities resulting in damage to shoes and an increased risk of infection especially fungal. Odour can also present as a problem. In severe cases the division of the sympathectomy nerve supply to the lower extremity by a Lumbar Sympathectomy (LS) will dry up the feet.
Podiatry Services are eligible for rebates from all major private health funds under the ‘extra cover’. Most of these health care providers will pay all or most of your podiatry fees or there might be a small gap payment for you to pay. Please check with your provider for full details of what they cover.
People who hold a department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or Podiatry White Card are fully covered. For our services but will require an initial referral from your GP. Patients wishing to claim podiatry treatments from under workcover, CRS, or MCRS will also require a referral from their GP.
Medicare rebates are available for eligible people who are currently managed by their doctor under an “Enhanced Primary Care Plan”. This care plan enables a maximum of 5 visits to a Podiatrist or other allied health professionals in a 12 month period. People with complex care needs or chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. This will need to be discussed with your GP and a specific referral will be required to enable the fee to be claimed through Medicare.
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