General Footcare

A podiatrist (commonly referred to as a foot doctor) is not a doctor as such but rather an expert in caring for your feet, with special skills focusing on the maintenance and treatment of skin, nails conditions of the feet and ankles. Regular treatment by a podiatrist (also formerly known as a chiropodist) can help prevent many common painful lesions such as ingrown toenails and other nail problems, corns, toenail fungus, callouses and cracked heels. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one and is generally not advisable.

Our team of podiatrists at Podiatry Professionals are trained to deal with a number of general footcare issues. You should a podiatrist when any of the following conditions occur or persist:

  • Athletes foot (or tinea) is a skin disease, usually starting between the toes or on the bottom of the feet, which can spread to other parts of the body. It is caused by a fungus that commonly attacks the feet and can result in an annoying, itchy feet. This is a similar organism to that of toenail fungus but in this case it effects the top layer of the skin instead of the nail and commonly responds well to foot fungal treatments.
  • Blisters are foot problems that we have all had at some point in our lives! They are caused by heat, moisture, skin friction or excessive pressure – or a combination of all!
  • Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe.
  • Cracked heels is when the skin around the heel becomes dry, it loses it’s suppleness and elasticity and often begins to split.
  • Foot odour results from excessive perspiration (sweaty feet) from the more than 250,000 sweat glands in the foot. Daily hygiene is essential.
  • Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin, often causing infection. They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming but also by shoe pressure, injury, nail fungal infection, poor foot structure or can be inherited.
  • Warts are caused by a virus, which can enter the skin through small cuts and cause significant foot pain. There is a variety of footcare option for plantar warts which will depend of a number of individual factors which your podiatrist will best educate you on.
  • Toenail fungus can develop as a result from an infection caused by micro-organisms that invade the nail plate and change the nail’s appearance. Nail fungus treatment can vary but here at the clinic we utilise modern, state of the art techniques such as fungal nail laser treatment amongst others, we are experts at treating nail fungus infections as they present to us everyday.
  • Diabetic foot screening involves regularly checking the health of the feet in regards to circulation, ulcers, high pressure risk areas and nail care and our foot specialists thrive on providing education on how best to deal with common problems such as toenail problems, bunions, foot pain and foot care products.If you are suffering from any of the conditions listed above, contact us at Podiatry Professionals today and let our team of friendly Canberra podiatrists assist you by providing the latest treatments in footcare to relieve your foot problems.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

At Podiatry Professionals we consider your safety our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we would like to assure our patients that we are taking every precaution necessary in the clinic and following appropriate advice from authorities.

Our main priority is our patients. Given one of our core values is communication, we feel it is important that we give you as much information as possible about the procedures we adhere to in order to maintain a hygienic environment but more importantly ensure the safety of all patients and staff.

Following the advice of Australian Government authorities, Podiatry Professionals are taking additional precautionary measures to minimise risk of coronavirus. These include:

– Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitization of work, reception areas and equipment.

– Providing additional hand sanitizer.

- Increased seat distancing in waiting room areas.

- Use of protective equipment including gloves and masks for the protection of both patients and staff.

– All staff are required to declare their health and travel status – we ask that patients extend the same courtesy prior to appointment.

Telehealth appointments

Given more and more people are required to either isolate, work from home or are choosing to reduce exposure by staying indoors, we have been working hard on developing Telehealth video consults for some time now and we can now announce they are up and running.
Given our mantra is to ‘progress quality of life’ and we feel we can continue to do that via both in clinic appointments and Telehealth online appointments. Isolating at home presents a number of risk factors which can contribute to foot pain including increased bare foot walking, possible weight gain and likely increases in running (given gyms are closed) and this is the time we need to step up and be more accessible to our patients by providing value and direction.

Through Telehealth we are still able to offer:

  • Detailed pain and injury history.
  • Accurate diagnosis and education.
  • Advice on pain triggers and how to avoid them, conservative treatment options including footwear education and prescription, exercise program prescription, guidance on taping appropriate taping techniques, padding and wedging, orthotic modifications (via post or drop off and pick up), rapid turnaround for prefabricated and semi-custom orthotics required and dermatological assessments.
  • Detailed walkthrough videos on all the above for reference and any products required for treatment and pain relief can be express posted.
  • This option is available to be booked via online booking or phone on 61621130

If you feel unwell at any time, we respectfully ask that you do not enter our clinics for the safety of everyone. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience, we will be happy to reschedule your appointment if needed, including providing Telehealth Appointments.

We appreciate your understanding and co-operation during this difficult and uncertain time.