How Can a Podiatrist Help You with Foot & Ankle Problems?
While many people know that a podiatrist can help you with various foot problems, they are often surprised when they realise how extensive the list actually is. From plantar fasciitis to Achilles tendinopathy and ankle sprains, it can be a good idea to get an overall understanding of the issues your podiatrist can help rectify.
Here at Ace Sports Clinic, Malvern locals can have a range of foot dramas taken care of. Read on to understand the problems that our Podiatry team can help you with.
Understanding what a podiatrist does
Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who have specific training to diagnose and treat irregular conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They can help prevent or correct a range of foot injuries or deformities so you can stay mobile and active. Many people seek help from a podiatrist to relieve foot pain or ankle pain. These problems can often then extend up the kinetic chain to cause knee pain, hip pain or low back pain if left untreated.
Your podiatrist can offer a range of treatments and advice that will help you look after your feet, from specific strength and flexibility exercises, to what type of shoes to wear according to your foot type.
Issues a podiatrist can help with
Many people think Podiatrists only help with the bigger problems like broken bones or sprains, but the truth is, the list of situations they can treat is quite large. They help alleviate a range of day-to-day foot and ankle problems, including:
- Achilles pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arch pain
- Ankle sprains and injured foot ligaments
- Dry and cracked heels
- Flat feet
- Athlete's foot
- Blisters and bunions
- Heel pain
- Ageing issues like osteoarthritis
- Toe pain
- Nail infections & gout
- Various other sports injuries including knee pain and low back pain
Our Ace Podiatrists work as part of a collaborative multi-skilled team to provide you with the very best outcomes & care
Our podiatrists can offer advice and treatment for many foot and lower limb issues.
Some of the remedies Podiatrists can offer include orthotics (tailor-made insoles), arch supports to relieve heel pain, exercises, and various other solutions like recommending the best running shoe for you. A single session of podiatry can even help those with relatively healthy feet to understand what the best way is to care for your feet. Our feet form the foundation of our bodies and when injured or not working well, can stop us from walking, running and reduce our overall quality of life.
From the removal of hard skin to having your toenails correctly clipped, a podiatrist can ensure your feet are on the right track to stay happy and healthy. They can also offer advice on the right footwear to prevent or treat injuries related to sports and exercise.
What should you expect during a podiatry consultation?
If you are booked for your first podiatry consultation, your full medical history will be reviewed followed by some basic tests. These tests might check the skin and blood circulation in your feet, look at the way you walk and assess how you move your lower leg joints.
From here, your podiatrist will discuss their findings and address any concerns you may have to make a diagnosis and treatment plan to help you find relief and make improvement. There may also be some minor problems that can be treated on the spot, such as the removal of hard skin, calluses and corns.
Your first podiatry session should usually take around 45 to 60 minutes and will be painless. In facy, you'll likely leave feeling refreshed in the foot area with a clear path forward.
What sort of medical training does a podiatrist have?
At Ace Sports Clinic, our podiatrists have undertaken an intensive 4-year full-time degree including a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Podiatric Practise.
This 4-year degree involves rigorous training and education, providing them with the knowledge and technique required to treat all leg, foot and ankle complaints.
Following accreditation, they are involved in continuous professional development to ensure they keep up to date with the latest and most effective methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb.
Find the right podiatrist for you at Ace Sports Clinic Malvern
The Podiatrist team at Ace Sports Clinic can help with any foot or ankle issues you may be experiencing and help you get back to staying active and mobile. Along with our Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic solutions, Malvern clients have access to a team of highly-trained health professionals that take a holistic approach to healing. We want to show you how your body can work better for an improved quality of life and better performance.
Our full range of therapies available at our Malvern Clinic include:
- Dry Needling
- Remedial Massage
- Exercise Physiology
- Strength and Conditioning
Prevention is always much better than cure, and we'll personalize your Ace Client Care Plan to ensure best results for you. Avoid living with foot or ankle pain and get moving again. Our proven techniques help you find the relief you need to live your best life.