Podiatrists successfully treat a wide variety of nail issues and skin problems. Getting these managed can help clients to feel more comfortable and confident with their feet in next to no time!
If you’re noticing any toenail, callus or corn concerns with your feet, a Podiatrist is the health professional that will be able to fix your concerns. They are the experts when it comes to nail and skincare solutions with the feet.
Nail conditions we help with
A Podiatrist helps to assess and treat a wide variety of nail problems, changes or concerns. Whether your nail is painful, thickened, or just looks a little bit different, these issues can all be assessed and treated.
Common issues with toenails that Podiatrists treat:
For some individuals, it may get to the point where they simply cannot self manage their own feet. This can occur for many reasons, for example, the nails are too thick, they are prone to ingrown nails, or they are unable to see or reach their feet. If this is the case, gentle ongoing routine nail therapy is provided on a four, six or eight weekly basis. Your Podiatrist will gently trim nails, file them, ensure cuticles are tidy and feet are healthy. This ensures that nails are comfortable and pain-free.
When it comes to fungal toenails Pod Fit Podiatry offer unique PACT photodynamic therapy solutions. In Adelaide, Australia, clients are able to attend our Findon or Modbury clinic to undergo this safe therapy option to assist with healing of crumbling, discoloured fungal toenails. Your Podiatrist will advise on nail products to use at home to complement this also.
Skin conditions we help with
Many different concerns can be thoroughly assessed and treated by a Podiatrist. In fact, clients are often referred straight from a GP or Doctor to a Podiatrist. Doctors do not have the necessary equipment or training to provide hands on treatment to the feet. Podiatrists treat with either single use or sterilised instruments. This means that instruments are completely clean and have met certified sterilisation and cleaning guidelines.
Conditions that Podiatrists treat include:
- Hard and rough patches on the feet
- Dry, cracked heels
- Diagnosis of infections – fungal or bacterial
- Any odd-looking lumps and bumps on the feet
Treatment for these issues involves an assessment to start with so that an appropriate diagnosis is given. Your Podiatrist may ask about itchy feelings, a moist reaction between the toes, or rashes over the body. The proper plan can then be carried out. Hands-on work is provided from the very first visit. This may include gently shaving thickness away, freezing and chemical therapy to warts, or recommendations for antifungal sprays and medicated creams.
How Podiatrists can help your feet
A Podiatrist is a foot and leg expert and can assist with diagnosing and treating many nail and skin issues with the feet. They will assess not only your affected area, but provide a full foot health check each time you are in. No doctors referral is required and you are able to simply book your appointment without any issues. In terms of allied health, they form an important part of your healthcare team.
Podiatrists are university-trained healthcare professionals who have specialised in providing foot therapy. They see many foot issues and have a diverse knowledge base to accurately treat many issues.
The added bonus of how Podiatry can help you is that they are able to provide hands-on therapy immediately at your visit. At each clinic in Adelaide, they have packs of sterilised instruments and all the necessary tools to treat your feet. Whether it’s thick and cracked heels needing to be shaved down, a corn requiring scooping out, or thick nails that should be filed down, a Podiatrist helps to treat all these issues!
nail Care and skin Care Tips
When it comes to self-management strategies there are usually a lot of strategies you can take to help improve skin care routines. Whether it be a sore or discolored nail, or dry and cracked heels it’s always worth trying some simple at home tips to improve your condition.
How Should I Cut My Toenails:
A common question that gets asked is, ‘how should I cut my toenails?’
Here are our nail care tips for proper nail cutting technique:
– Follow the gentle shape of the toenail
– No digging down the sides
– Don’t cut nails too short
– Ensure your clippers or scissors cut all the way across the nail
– Don’t cut them straight – this leaves sharp and squared edges
– Use scissors or clippers, no tearing nails off!
If you are experiencing sore toenails regardless of how you cut them it is time to see a podiatrist for expert management. If nails are too thick to trim, or if they keep growing in, it’s best to seek expert advice to keep them comfortable. We can help here!
What can be done for dry, cracked heels?
It’s important to find the reason or main reasons why the heels are prone to becoming so dry and cracked. There can be many factors that cause cracked heels (heel callus) to happen.
Causes of heel cracks include:
– Heavy heel striker when walking
– Being overweight
– Open-backed footwear or thongs
– Health conditions such as Diabetes and Thyroid issues
The best results for heel callus reduction at home really comes down to using the right skin care products and using them consistently over time. The recommended creams include a proper cream that is suited to the feet. Body lotions or general moisturisers do not deeply moisturise the feet properly. Look for special creams with 10% urea based heel balm to do this. We love Podiatrist’s Own Heel Balm for our clients. Depending on how dry the callus is, the application may need to be as frequent as twice per day until improvement is seen.
A typical at-home management strategy for heel cracks may include:
– Thoroughly washing and drying the feet in the shower
– Filing using pumice or hand file
– Applying heel balm 10% urea-based cream
– Repeating the process twice per day
Podiatry therapy vs nail salons
When it comes to Podiatry management versus nail salon appointments, this is an area our Adelaide team of Podiatrists are very passionate about! Multiple times per week in the clinic we see the harmful and lasting effects after clients have attended nail salons. The reason for this is that there are no strict guidelines or training for nail salons, with no requirements of infection control or sterilisation. Files, clippers and polish are used from client to client which results in a fast spread of infection. The negative effects last so much longer than the benefit of your beauty treatment!
Podiatrists are university trained health professionals who need to meet strict guidelines for infection control, hygiene and sterilisation. You can attend having full confidence in this.
Podiatry precautions to ensure the highest level of hygiene:
– All packs of instruments are sterilised with recording of batches
– Single use instruments used
– Gloves worn for every session
– Thorough cleaning between clients – chair clean, single use foot pad
– Hand washing between every client
Podiatry can help your feet to be pain-free, feel more comfortable and look a lot more pleasing.
Be sure to get in touch if you have any questions!