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Bay Podiatry Clinic

105 Charman Rd
Beamaris VIC 3193

Bay Podiatry Clinic

Bay Podiatry Clinic specialise in alleviating pain and discomfort in feet and lower limbs.



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Podiatry Services


At Bay Podiatry our Podiatrists are able, equipped and regularly diagnose and treat the listed conditions below:

Corns and Callous

Callous is a diffuse thickening of the skin brought about by light friction and weight on the skin. A corn is a hard, obvious and localised area of hard skin as a result of contunous levels of high intensity friction and pressure. These are ordinarily seen over joints but not always. The tenderness connected with corns and callous might change ones step, creating a limp and might bring about issues in other areas.


Achilles Tendon Pain

The Achilles tendon is the biggest and strongest tendon in the body. It joins the 2 extensive calf muscles (the gastrocnemius and soleus) to the back of the heel bone (calcaneus). The tendon gives us the capacity to rise up onto our toes and is essential in encouraging strolling and running.

What Causes Achilles Pain:

Achilles pain is normally a consequence of tendinitis brought about by tight or exhausted calf muscles which transfers a greater magnitude of weight through walking or running than the Achilles tendon can handle. If the tendon is put under a lot of stress then it will tighten and become over worked. The tendon becomes inflamed and after some time can cause a covering of scar tissue, which is less flexible than the tendon. If the inflammed Achilles is continually subject to stress, it could possibly tear or rupture. 

Not stretching the calves appropriately, excessive running or speed work, both of which push the Achilles more than other sorts of running, can bring on Achilles tendinitis.

Treatment of Achilles Tendinitis:

  • Reduce movement to pain free action were possible.

  • Correct foot mechanics with orthotics to normalise strain on the tendon.

  • Strapping and temp heel lifts might be required to reduce the load on the Achilles tendon.

  • Stretch both calf muscles and Achilles tendon a minimum of two times every day.

  • Avoid stretching if it is painful.


Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a typical foot issue which can be brought on by dry skin around the heel, and can be further complicated by the presence of callous around the heel. If it is left untreated, a split in the skin might form into a fissure (open, profound crack). This might bring about pain and bleeding, and also increasing the likelihood of a infection.

Dry skin and callous can be brought about by various systemic conditions including diabetes and an under-active thyroid. Poor footwear is additionally a contributing component, particularly in shoes with open backs.

Self administration of split heels

  • Correctly fitted shoes with a closed back and good working medium

  • Utilization of emollients and commercial preparations suitable for feet

Podiatric treatment

  • Evaluation to decide reason for split heels

  • Removal of dry skin and callous; cracked heels may not recuperate if the overlying callous is not tended to.

  • Wound treatment.

  • Footwear recommendations

  • Prescribed emollients and creams


Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that influences the way the body utilizes food. The food we eat is changed over into sugar otherwise called glucose) by a hormone called insulin. Insulin is created in the pancreas (organ close to the stomach) and is required to change sugar, starches and other food into energy for the body. When you have Diabetes, your pancreas does not deliver or appropriately utilize insulin and this causes you to have high blood sugar levels.

There are two sorts of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type


Do I have to stress over my feet?

Foot issues:

  • Foot disfigurement e.g. clawed toes, hammered toes, Charcot foot (distortion of the forefoot, mid – foot and lower leg. It is connected with complete loss of feeling in the feet neuropa thy more often than not happens in one foot which has good circulation).

  • Neuropathy – when the defensive sensation on the feet is lost. Neuropathic symptoms can be either result in an increased feeling of nerve pain, burning,tingling, pins and needles or numbness (can be associated in the hands as well).

  • Decreased or poor circulation in your feet are weak or not found when felt with the fingertips. You might subsequently endure cramps in your calf muscles when walking (otherwise called intermittent claudication).

  • Nail disfigurement and thickened nails

  • Unnecessary callus or corns

  • Ulceration

  • Gangrene


Fungal Toe Nails

Fungal infections of the toenails are an unpleasant, normal issue however is painless. On the off chance that toenails begin to show a white veneer or look yellowed and brittle, then this is usually a fungal infection in its early stages. Some skin conditions and medicinal issues show themselves by changing the look of your toenail to look like fungal diseases. It is essential to acquire a correct evaluation and diagnosis. A scratching of the toenail can be taken by your doctor to confirm the fungus.

Treatment

It is best to actively seek treatment and advice from the get-go. Once a fungal infection has been distinguished thereare an assortment of alternatives accessible:

  • Toenail paints: Your podiatrist can thin down thickened toenails and make them less demanding to treat yourself at home with nail paints. Fungal nail paints are accessible from a pharmacy. Treatment can take quite a while and has limited success. It takes a great deal of persistence.

  • Photodynamic technology incorporated with a medicated gel which is presently available is a successful treatment for the resolution of fungal nails.

  • Oral medication: These are endorsed by a Medical Doctor. 


Ingrown Toe Nails

An ingrown toenail is the point at which the nail is bended downward and grows into the skin, for the most part along the edges of the nail. This diving in of the nail bothers the skin, regularly causing pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe.

In the event that an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, microscopic bacteria might enter and cause a infection, which can result in exudate draining from the area.

Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

Home consideration:

  • Home treatment is discouraged if you believe you have a infection, or on the off chance that you have a medical condition that puts your feet at risk, for instance diabetes, nerve damage in the foot, or poor circulation.

Treatment might include:

  • A light trim of the nail edge to relieve the build up of pressure in the sulcus. This is commonlya suitable treatment for most ingrowing nails where there is no infection.

  • Oral antibiotics. 

  • Surgery. A basic procedure which is usually required to ease the pain and remove the nail. This treatment ensures the recurrence of an ingrown toenail. The Podiatrist will decide the most suitable strategy for you and clarify why.


Knee Pain

General knee soreness can be because of bursitis, joint inflammation, tears in the ligaments or meniscus, osteoarthritis of the joint, or infection.

Knee pain can likewise be brought on by tendinitis which is inflammation, irritation and swelling of a tendon. Tendinitis pain in the knee is situated in the front of the knee or the lateral side of the knee. The pain usually increases while going up stairs or inclines. Tendinitis knee pain is normal in runners, skiers and cyclists.

A biomechanical appraisal will figure out whether your knee pain is brought on by an alignment issue. Regularly an alignment issue in the knee begins from poor foot posture. An excessive amount of movement or the wrong kind of movements at the wrong time can prompt the heightened knee pain.


MORTON'S NEUROMA

What is Morton's Neuroma?

Morton's Neuroma is the most widely recognized neuroma in the foot. It normally happens in the forefoot area (the ball of the foot) at the base of the third and fourth toes. It is commonly known as an intermetatarsal neuroma.

A neuroma is a thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve as a consequence of pressure or disturbance of the nerve. Pressure and irritation leads to swelling of the nerve, which can in the long run lead to permanent nerve damage.

Side effects of a Morton's Neuroma

  • Tingling, burning or numbness.

  • A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot, or your sock is bundled up.

  • Pain is relieved when removing your shoes. 

Treatment of Neuroma

Treatment arranges frequently include:

  • Cushioning procedures to give backing to the metatarsal curve, allowing pressure to be released on the nerve.

  • Icing. 

  • Custom foot orthotics endorsed by a podiatrist.

  • Changes in footwear will be prescribed if required.

  • Infusion treatment utilizing nearby anaesthetic to give short-term alleviation and healing.


Orthotic Therapy

Orthotics sit under your feet. They are recommended after a biomechanical evaluation by a podiatrist and are utilized to enhance foot function and support the foot as a steady base for the body.

Customised Foot Orthotics

  • Customised Orthotics are pre-assembled and held in stock at the clinics. They are coordinated to your foot size and your footwear. 

Prescribed Custom Foot Orthotics

  • Numerous components are considered before recommending orthotics including:

  • Site of damage or issue

  • Kind of injury or issue

  • Level of adjustment required

  • Kind of action

  • Body Weight

  • Footwear

Orthotics versus "arch supports"

  • Arch supports pack the region under the curve, which can feel good in the short term. Although, in the long haul utilization of curve backings will debilitate the curve of the foot and can prompt other biomechanical issues in the feet, lower legs, knees, hips or lower back.

  • Orthotics don't directly bolster the curve but instead enhance the general foot capacity empowering the body's own particular bolster systems to work proficiently. This prompts more grounded, healthier feet and commonly relieves symptoms.


Severs Disease

Heel agony is less basic in kids than grown-ups. Of those youngsters who do get heel torment, by a wide margin the most well-known cause is a disturbance to the developing territory at the back of the heel bone (the Calcaneus) where the solid Achilles tendon joins to it. This is known as Sever's infection or calcaneal apophysitis (irritation of the development plate). It is most regular between the ages of 10 to 14 years old.

What are the side effects?

Pain is typically felt at the back and side of the heel bone. In some cases there might be pain at the base of the heel. The pain is normally eased when the child active. Squeezing the sides of the heel bone is frequently excruciating. Running and hopping exacerbate the side effects. One or both heels might be influenced. In more serious cases, the youngster might limp.

What causes heel torment in youngsters?

The reason for Sever's disease is not clear. It is no doubt a result of overuse or rehashed minor injuries that occur during sports. A few kids appear to be simply more inclined to it for an obscure reason - in conjuction with sports, particularly in the event that it is on a hard surface the danger of getting injury increases. 

What are the long term consequences?

This condition is self-restricting – it will leave when the two sections of hard bony growth join together. Sadly, Sever's disease can be extremely excruciating and restrict sporting movement of the child while waiting for it to leave, treatment is encouraged to reduce the pain levels.


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About Bay Podiatry Clinic Brett Gotz has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry) from La Trobe University.   Click above to enquire or book and appointment a...

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