What is podiatry?
Podiatry is a health profession concerned with the prevention, education, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
At SA Integrated Therapies we can help you to care for your feet, no matter how big or small the issue. We frequently assist in dealing with nail and skin problems, ingrown toenails, heel pain, bunions, and sore feet or legs.
Favouring a holistic approach to foot care, and with a number of treatment options for most conditions, we aim to get you back on your feet as quickly and easily as possible.
The services we offer include:
Foot and nail care:
Corns and calluses on your feet can feel like a stone in your shoe. By gently removing corns, calluses and heel fissuring, we can help to get you back to walking free and easy. Sometimes toenails can develop an unusual appearance or thickening and we can offer simple treatments to get your feet looking great and ready for open footwear.
Diabetic foot care and education:
Foot care is especially important in the diabetic population. People with diabetes are at increased risk of foot problems due to poor circulation and reduced sensation in the feet. Regular and thorough examination of the feet enables early detection of any issues so that treatment can commence as soon as possible.
It is advisable for all people with diabetes to have their feet checked at least once a year. Ask your GP about the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) scheme which can assist in accessing low-cost podiatry services. If you have diabetes it is crucial to check your feet every day when taking your shoes or socks off. If you notice wounds, scratches, redness, swelling or blisters, please see your podiatrist or GP.
Heel pain/Plantar fasciitis:
Sore heels or bottom of the feet? Plantar fasciitis is the name given to inflammation of the connective tissue under the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia is a long ligament – you can think of it like a rubber band. Sometimes this rubber band develops tears in it, resulting in significant pain. This is particularly common in people who spend a lot of time on their feet. There may also be nerve involvement which can cause uncomfortable or unusual sensations in your feet. We utilise a number of treatment modalities to help you overcome foot pain, and after a thorough assessment work with you to develop a treatment plan to get you back to working and exercising pain free.
Every day the average person walks around 4000-5000 steps. Quality shoes that support your foot and body and that also look good can be hard to find. We keep up-to-date with local shoe stores so are well informed about new products and can offer a discount on shoes purchased through our affiliated shoe stores if referred by our podiatrist. Through assessment of your feet we can work out the ideal type of shoe for you, combining the best in comfort and style.
Shin pain/Shin splints:
Shin splints is the term used to describe pain that occurs in your shins when you walk or run. Shin splints are caused by abnormal forces acting on the leg bones and diagnosis involves a gait analysis and muscle testing of the lower limbs. Utilising high quality diagnostic techniques, we can offer a number of treatment options to help you to overcome shin pain.
Is your child complaining of sore feet, limping, favouring one foot over the other or tripping over? A foot assessment can help to identify any issues with your child’s feet and help us put into place a prevention or treatment plan to stop any small problems developing into more significant issues.
Make an appointment to see us at SA Integrated Therapies so that we can work together to get you back to putting your best foot forward.