Looking for a foot specialist in Perth? Look no further!
It’s an interesting statistic: on average, our feet carry us 128,000 kilometres in our lifetime. Quite a job for them, and it’s good to realise that they are a very organised system of muscles, ligaments and bones taking care of that huge responsibility.
Another interesting number: 1 in 4 bones in our body is part of our feet! Would you agree that they are a very important part of your body and that we shouldn’t neglect them?
This is exactly why at Burswood Health we make podiatry part of our holistic approach to good healthcare.
Foot pain or problems may come from a few different corners:
The link between the structure of your foot (biomechanics) and the shoes you’re wearing
Your skin (corns, calluses, warts,…)
Disease (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis,…)
Soft tissue injury or infection
Now when you roll your foot in too much (pronation) or you roll it out too much (supination), then you could be affecting your ankles, knees, hips and lower back as well. Then there’s heel spurs, fallen arches, bunions, or entrapped nerves that can cause problems and discomfort.
What we see is that most people put up with these problems for years, and they often only get medical advice when it’s too late. It then often means that surgery is the only option. We know that early detection and treatment of foot problems can avoid a lifetime of trouble.
Our podiatrists assess footwear, the alignment of your feet and legs, the sports and activities you do, to then get clear on the exact background and mechanism of your injury or strain. Sometimes it may be followed up with medical imaging (x-ray, ultrasound or MRIs) which we can refer you for. The findings then help us make a diagnosis of your problem so we can prescribe the right treatment.
Treatments may include
Massage and stretching techniques
We use a specialised pulse reader to help us diagnose, called a Doppler Ultrasound. It allows us to listen to pulses, to monitor progress and changes in circulation.
We also use a computerised RS gait scan, to help diagnose different foot conditions and for biomechanics assessments, before any decisions are made on insoles or orthotics. The RS gait scan is a 2D foot scanner which assesses foot pressures. It helps us show what pressure is taking place under your feet when you walk.
And that information is pivotal to them construct the right in-shoe orthotics, so we control any abnormal mechanics. With this technique we are able to custom design many different types of orthotic designs, that can fit into almost any type of shoe (including sports shoes, work boots, sandals, business shoes, and high heel slimmer orthotics)
To see a podiatrist, you don’t need a referral when you claim from your health fund. Most health funds will provide rebates for podiatry care. In case you have an ongoing medical conditions such as diabetes, you may be able to get a referral form from your doctor, for Medicare funded podiatry. The Department of Veteran Affairs also funds Podiatry treatment for service men and women, through referrals from their doctor.
Common conditions we treat include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Anterior shin Pain (Shin Splints)
- Bacterial infections of the foot
- Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s disease)
- Chondromalacia patella
- Chronic compartment syndrome of the Leg
- Complex regional pain syndrome (RSDS)
- Cracked heels
- Cuboid syndrome
- Diabetic neuropathy and burning feet
- Foot ulcers
- Foot care for diabetics
- Ganglia of the feet
- Heel pain (Heel Spurs)
- Hallux abductor valgus (Bunions)
- Heel spurs
- Ingrown toenails
- In-toeing gait in children
- Kohler’s disease
- Limb length discrepancy
- Leg ulcers
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve entrapments /Morton’s Neuroma
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar verrucae (Warts)
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis/ Osteoarthritis
- Running related injuries, lower limb
- Sinus tarsi syndrome
- Skin growths (Corns and callous)
- Sporting injuries of foot and ankle
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Tailor’s bunion
- Tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction
- Tinea pedis (Fungal infections of the foot)
- Toe alignment (Hammer Toes/claw toes)