The Podiatrists at Patterson Allied Health are dedicated to improving your health and wellbeing. Utilising the Allied Wellness® Fundamentals of Healing Program™, your podiatrist is invested in alleviating all foot-related complaints. Liaising with other health professionals, Patterson Allied Health also has access to a wide range of contemporary technologies where your health provider will be able to create a comprehensive and holistic care plan for you.
Who is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is a health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
Some of the conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting form bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies as well as neurological and circulatory diseases.
Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrowing toenails.
General Podiatry for ALL ages
We treat patients from all ages and we believe that foot care is an important part of your general health.
We also perform the treatment or removal of ingrown toe nails using local anaesthetics.
Sports Podiatry and Orthotic Therapy
Sports Podiatry is the treatment of foot, ankle, knee and lower limb injuries by altering and improving lower limb function. Some people require orthoses in the management and prevention of these injuries.
Forefoot, Arch and Heel Pain
Arch and heel pain is frequently the result of a condition commonly called Plantar Fasciitis. Other conditions can affect the feet causing significant pain and a Podiatrist can diagnose and treat these conditions.
Diabetes Foot Health Assessments
Examining the feet can offer important clues to Diabetic Foot Health. Monitoring nerve, blood vessel and foot health allows for early intervention and appropriate specialist referral.
Nails, corns and callous treatment
A corn or callous are areas of thickened skin that occur in areas of pressure. These are a natural way for the body to protect itself but can become very painful if not managed properly.
Gait Analysis means measuring and analysing the biomechanics of your feet and legs as you walk or run on a treadmill.
Radial Shockwave Therapy
Using the Swiss DolorClast method we can offer treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and muscle trigger points.
Nail Laser Therapy for Fungal Toenails
The use of laser in podiatry is not new. For years lasers have been used safely on the foot for several conditions. Although the 1064 laser is FDA approved for the temporary clearing of nails, new lasers are now being used to treat nail fungus.
See a Podiatrist if:
It is recommended to see one of our friendly Podiatrists at Patterson Allied Health if:
You have pain in your feet
You are on your feet all day
You have skin and nail problems (ingrown or discoloured toenails, corns, skin rashes)
You have foot odour
You have a foot injury
You have health problems such as Diabetes or Arthritis
You have recurrent trips and falls
You have problems getting shoes to fit comfortably
You have have lumps or bumps, bunions or misshapen toes
Why do Feet need Specialist Care?
Our feet are very complex – they house a quarter of the bones in the body, as well as a network of muscles, ligaments and joints. They are also vulnerable to injury and disease; there are over three hundred identified foot aliments.
While our feet suffer wear – by the age of fifty, our feet have lost up to half of the shock-absorbing capability of the natural foot pad – they cannot be replaced like a pair of shoes.
Quick Facts about Podiatry
Working feet can cover as many as 24 kilometers in a day
Nearly 20% of all workplace injury claims relate to injuries to the feet and toes.
By the time we reach 50, our feet have covered 86,000 kilometres.
People with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing serious foot problems.
While running, your feet can absorb up to three times your body weight.
20% of cases of rheumatoid arthritis and 35% of stress fractures occur in the feet.
You feet can carry you on a journey of 128,000 kilometers in a lifetime.
Problems such as calluses, corns and blisters can be caused by pressure.
Women have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels often are the culprit.
Your feet mirror your general health. Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
Podiatry for Children
Children’s feet are still forming and are quiet fragile. They can be damaged easily by shoes and socks that are too small. Early examination of children’s feet is a preventative measure.
Uneven shoe wear; skin rashes, lumps and bumps on the feet; pain in the feet or legs; frequent tripping and falling are all signs of potential problems which is why early examination is very important.
What are Foot Orthoses
Orthoses are custom-made or semi custom-made devices to correct your foot posture.
They alleviate aches and pains in feet, knees, hips and lower back.
When prescribing orthotics, our podiatrists conduct a full biomechanical assessment to determine the alignment and the function of the foot.
What Problems can be Treated with Foot Orthoses?
There are many conditions, which may be treated with foot orthoses:
Lower back, hip, knee pain
Intoed feet (pigeon toed)
Excessive Shoe Wear
To redistribute pressure to decrease callous & corns
What is the difference between a semi customised orthotic and a fully customised orthotic?
Semi customised devices are made to a standard arch height and to a standard degree of correction. The device is made according to the size of your feet, via a foot tracing taken by the podiatrist. These devices are suitable for those people who only require a minimal amount of correction or support.
Fully customised orthotics are devices which are made to a specified degree of correction and support, which is determined by the podiatrist to gain the most effective results. A plaster mould is taken of your feet and sent off to a laboratory which uses the case to create the orthotic shell. These devices are suitable for those patients who require a prescribed amount of correction or support.