At Stirling Health Professionals, our podiatrist is able to treat general foot conditions including calluses and corns, fungal nails, warts and toenail issues. We also offer diabetic foot assessments.
Calluses and corns are both excessive build-up of dead skin. A callus is an area of dead skin production usually under the soles of the feet. Corns are made up of the same material as calluses, keratin, and are formed when the pressure causing a callus is localised. Corns generally occur on parts of the skin subjected to excessive pressure or irritation. This means corns and callous can occur as a result of wearing poor fitting footwear including narrow or tight shoes, but they can also occur between toes, on top surface of toes or on the soles of the feet as a result of poor alignment of the bones of the feet.
Calluses and corns are removed, pain free, using a debridement technique. You should never attempt to remove them yourself. Corn pads, solutions, plasters or paints containing acid can be dangerous especially if you have diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or circulation disorders. For this reason corn removal pads are not recommended.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail which often causes thickening and discoloration of the nail plate. Often callus (dead skin) is broken down and builds up beneath the nail plate. Sometimes the nail will even change shape. Of all fungal infections that occur on the body, nail infections are one of the most difficult to prevent and treat.
Conservative treatment often involves a visit to the podiatrist for cutting and thinning of the nails followed by an anti-fungal topical treatment which is prescribed and applied. It’s applied very much like nail polish. This treatment will occasionally help to prevent spreading of the infection to nearby nails and helps to cure the infected nail.
Plantar warts are lesions which occur on the soles of the feet. They are generally well circumscribed lesions which can occur as singular or multiple lesions. Unlike corns or calluses which tend to look quite similar, warts have no skin lines running through them, are painful to squeeze and often have small black dots in their centre which represent the blood vessels within the wart tissue.
Warts are caused by a virus. There are many different types of wart viruses, some more resistant than others. The wart virus can be picked up in public showers, swimming centres and walking barefoot over infected areas. Warts tend to be very contagious so family members with warts should take care to prevent spread of the infection.
There are several different treatments for warts, which depend on the number and size of lesions. It is best to consult your podiatrist to discuss the best treatment for you.
Our podiatrist offer a range of services to help care for your toenails. This includes trimming, cutting, clipping, or debriding of nails. Other hygienic and preventive maintenance care is available such as cleaning the feet, the use of skin creams to maintain skin tone, and any other service performed in the absence of localised illness, injury, or symptoms involving the foot.
Diabetes affects many different parts of the body and ideal diabetes management requires a team approach. A podiatrist is as an integral part of the treatment team and can help prevent amputations, one of the most serious conditions they treat.
The two main foot problems you can encounter as a result of diabetes is reduced circulation and sensation in the feet. It is important that if you have diabetes, you undergo regular neurovascular assessments. These assessments allow you to keep track of these issues, as well as helping diagnose any secondary issues caused by high blood sugar levels.
Our clinic uses state of the art digital x-ray equipment and computer technology are utilised to help us achieve the best results. Our helpful, friendly staff can help you with all your booking and product requirements and we have HICAPS claiming and EFTPOS facilities to make paying for your appointments as easy as possible.
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