Athlete’s Foot can lead to fungal infection in other body regions, either by scratching and direct transfer to other body parts, or through contaminated bed sheets.
Your podiatrist can advise on treatment and prevention of Athlete’s Foot.
Blisters form due to friction between your skin and your shoe. Poor fitting shoes, or shoes that don’t conform perfectly to your feet, will increase the chance of blister formation.
Depending on the type of blister and also the location of it will often depend on what treatment option will provide the best outcome.
The soft tissues that surround the big toe joint become contracted further holding your toe in that awkward position. A bunion can become very painful and soon stop you from been active due to the associated pain and reduced movement within the joint.
If a pressure becomes concentrated in a small area, a ‘hard’ corn may develop. Sometimes the pressure of the corn or callus may produce inflammation which can result in acute pain, swelling and redness.
Your Podiatrist will not only recommend ways to relieve pain and get rid of the corn or callus but can also help with isolating the cause and prevent the problem reoccurring.
Cracked heels are a common condition, which present as fissures or linear wounds around the rim of the heel.
If you have a problem with cracked heels that keep recurring, then our podiatrists can take a closer look at the cause of the problem.
Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body, organs and systems, including the circulatory system and the peripheral nerves of the lower limb.
Routine diabetic checks from your podiatrist can help detect changes to your feet and lower limbs before they become a problem.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and is estimated to affect up to 1.6 million Australians. Two currently available treatments include antifungal nail lacquers that are applied daily/weekly and prescription medications.
In most cases our podiatrist will be able to tell you if you have fungal nails by a visual inspection. Sometimes, it isn’t always clear and a sample of your nail clippings may need to be sent away and analysed. Several nail disorders may mimic fungal nail infections including psoriasis.
The condition of our toenails can signal the presence or beginning of several diseases. For example, toenails that are hollow instead of being rounded can indicate iron deficiency or anemia (a shortage of red blood cells). Increased nail thickness, or bumps on the nail can be manifestations of psoriasis.
Any sudden changes in colour or shape of the nail, sign of infection, development of a freckle under the nail or pain should be discussed with your Podiatrist. Your Podiatrist can diagnose the problem and then advise an appropriate treatment.
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.