Frequently Asked Questions
Podiatrists are highly qualified health professionals requiring a Bachelor Degree in Podiatry. Podiatrist’s scope of practice involves paediatrics, diabetes, lower limb biomechanics, sports injuries, minor nail surgery and general foot care.
The foot is a complex structure involving over 100 ligaments, 33 joints, 26 bones and 31 muscles that produce movement and support. With this in mind it is easy to understand that there is a wide range of medical conditions that can cause problems to your foot.
- Poor cutting technique. Cutting down the sides of nails easily allows a nail spicule to be left unnoticed. This spicule continues to grow into the skin or cause pressure.
- Abnormal nail shape. Nail plates that are curled, deep or are too large can make your nails more prone to ingrowns.
- Inappropriate footwear. Shoes that are too tight at the toe box or too narrow can cause the toe to rub against the shoe making the wearer more prone to ingrown toenails.
Other problems that can cause ingrown toenails are fungal nail infections, trauma or sweaty feet.
In the past it was believed to be a sign of a poorly structured and functioning foot. However, now it has been found to be no more prone to injury than any of the other foot type. It is believed the activities we do and the way we move have more of an influence on foot injuries and pain.
All these risks can be minimised with you controlling your blood glucose levels, exercising, eating a balanced diet and taking good care of your feet.
Orthoses help to correct foot alignment and influence motion through the foot by controlling the rear foot and supporting the arch of the foot. This allows your body to function more effectively. The amount of control and support is determined through your biomechanical assessment.
Orthoses can provide relief for acute and chronic pain in your foot and lower limb. Some common conditions where Orthoses may be needed include tendinopathies, osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis and mortons neuromas. Orthoses can also assist with long term relief of corns or calluses by evening the surface area of your feet to reduce high pressure areas.
Custom made orthoses are designed specifically for your feet. These orthoses are specific as we use a 3D laser scanner to obtain the exact impression of your feet and create a personalised orthotic lab script to give you the correct control for your foot type and condition. These orthoses are made from more durable materials such as polypropylene and hard wearing top covers allowing the orthoses to be more resilient.
If pain is not present it is worthwhile having the orthoses checked every 12-24 months. If new or previous pain reappears it is important to have your feet and orthoses checked as soon as possible.