Common foot problems that podiatrists treat include:
- Skin problems
- Calluses and corns
- Nail disorders, like ingrown toenails
- Foot injuries
- Foot infections
- Overuse injuries of the foot and ankle
Sport Foot issues
Podiatrists can treat certain sports injuries dealing with feet. These include
- Stress fractures of bones caused by overuse
- Arch pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Inflammation of the tendon at the back of the ankle (Achilles tendonopathy)
- Pain at the base of the big toe (sesamoiditis)
People with Diabetics
People with diabetes are at risk of foot problems because the condition may lead to reduced blood flow or damaged nerves in the foot or feet. Diabetes Australia recommends that people with diabetes have at least an annual foot check-up with a podiatrist.
Podiatrists can help older people improve their wellbeing by managing and preventing issues with their feet. A number of older people have limited flexibility and are therefore unable to look after their feet. Certain skin and other foot issues can also become more prevalent with age such as arthritis or corns.
Many foot problems start in childhood. Podiatrists can help with the correct foot development of children of all ages. Common areas of concern include:
- Knock knees
- Flat foot
- Your child regularly complains of pain in the feet, legs, or hips
- You notice significant uneven shoe wear
- Your child is constantly tripping and falling
- You are concerned about the way your child is walking or running or any other potential foot issues.
Podiatrists can give you advice about how to choose the right shoes for your feet. Some people may have special footwear needs. Podiatrists may sometimes prescribe Orthotics, which are custom-made shoe inserts. These are designed to align the structure of the foot and treat foot conditions that not only affect the feet but often also the spine and back. Your podiatrist can assess whether orthotics are necessary and can prescribe these for you.
You don't need a referral to see a podiatrist. Podiatry sessions are currently available only on Thursdays