Podiatry


photo-podiatryPodiatry is the profession that deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and leg.

Dr7 Podiatrists are university trained professionals who have undergone extensive study and training and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

We use a wide range of modern, evidence-based techniques and modalities to treat foot and lower limb conditions including:

  • Podiatrist for routine foot care
    This may involve treatment of painful corns, callus, dry cracked skin and general nail care.
  • Podiatrist for ingrown toenails
    Professional treatment of ingrown nails including simple conservative care through to surgical procedures performed painlessly under local anesthetic.
  • Podiatrist for diabetic foot problems
    Diabetes can lead to serious foot complications such as vascular disease, neuropathy (burning pain) numbness and wounds that may not heal (ulceration). We are able to perform a complete diabetic foot assessment and provide advice and recommendations for maintaining good foot health.
  • Podiatrist for inflammatory foot conditions
    Conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy, forefoot pain and neuromas are common conditions affecting the foot and leg. Pain in the balls of the feet may have many causes and treatment is determined by the specific diagnosis.
  • Podiatrist for heel pain
    Heel pain is one of the most common complaints people present with when visiting the podiatrist. Heel pain can involve injury to the plantar fascia (arch ligament) as well as entrapment of the inferior calcaneal nerve. Don’t suffer with heel pain, help is available!
  • Podiatrist for arthritic conditions
    Both Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis can result in pain and deformity of the joints of the foot and ankle. Non-surgical management usually involves reducing the stress/forces on the affected joints and improving joint function with prescription foot orthotics.
  • Podiatrist for flat feet, high arches and feet “rolling in”
    Flat feet and feet that excessively “roll in” (pronation) can lead to many painful conditions. High arched feet can be just as problematic as flat feet, and in most cases these problems can be treated successfully with orthotic therapy.
  • Podiatrist for exercise induced leg pain
    Pain experienced in the legs or shins during exercise or activity is called exercise induced leg pain. Two common examples of this condition include “shin splints” and compartment syndrome. Management of these painful conditions is available.
  • Podiatrist for prescription orthotics
    No other pofession is able to assess, design and manufacture foot orthotics as accurately and effectively as podiatry. Using our extensive knowledge of foot function and anatomy we used to take plaster cast of the foot (we can still do but times have changed! We use state of the art 3D scanners and computer softwares now!) to prescribe multi-dimensional devices that correct structural abnormalities and properly support joints with the right materials for a comfortable fit.
  • Podiatrist for childhood / teenage foot problems
    As foot and ankle experts, podiatrists are able to assess children’s developing feet and give advice on appropriate footwear. The foot reaches skeletal maturity around the age of 6 years and this is usually the best time for a thorough check up and intervention if necessary.
One of two podiatry rooms at Dr7 Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Hydrotherapy and Massage.
One of two podiatry rooms at Dr7 Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Hydrotherapy and Massage.

 

Our friendly Dr7 Podiatrists consult 6 days a week, and are ready to assist you with your complete foot care needs!

 

Podiatry can help with almost any foot and lower-limb issue that you may have. As the parts of the body that take the brunt of our upright positions, the feet experience a lot of punishment. They are also a crucial part of how the body remains upright and mobile.

A podiatrist can assist you with some muscular and skeletal conditions. Through an assessment of the status and physical form of your lower body muscles and joints, they can help determine problem areas or anything that may be a risk factor.

The holistic approach of podiatry is matched with a systematic mindset. The result is an ability to see the whole of the body and a clinical, precise way of diagnosing and addressing issues. This lets us show you how your feet may contribute to pain in other areas – and how to relieve it.

Our therapy program includes some mainstream procedures to complement the podiatry. With these tools, we can provide a more comprehensive healing.

You’ll be using at-home exercises, a strengthening regimen, and footwear inserts to help. This reinforces the therapy as well as helps keep you moving or correct physical issues.

The program can provide some benefits, based on your needs. We can help you mobilise your joints and achieve trigger-point release. We can also coordinate with other medical professionals to handle osteopathic and acupuncture treatments.

To complement our expertise, we use more conventional medical procedures and tools.

We use some diagnostic tests and assessment procedures. This helps us get a clear picture of your health situation, allowing us it make the right diagnosis. Our tests may include things like MRIs, ultrasounds, and x-ray scans. In some cases, we may also require CT scans.

In some instances, we also use cortisone injections or may refer you to ultrasound-guided injections if they are required.