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General Podiatry

Do you have painful feet because of hard skin, cracked heels, ingrown nails, plantar warts, fungus?

 

WE CAN HELP YOU!

 

Our qualified Podiatrists who are APHRA accredited will assess the cause of your skin condition and outline a cost-effective solution and a comprehensive management plan. The practice works closely with Macquarie Street Dermatologists whom we regularly share ideas and patients to provide evidence based interventions.

  • Corns and Calluses can be painlessly debrided at your first visit giving immediate relief.
  • Plantar Warts are more involved. There are many dubious treatments that have “popped up” in the city that are not evidenced based.
  • Fungal conditions including tinea can be effectively managed with some diligence. We will outline the quickest possible resolution.
  • Cracked heels are painful and unsightly. We have a solution.

 

 

Corns and Callous

A corn is a localised area of hard skin (usually affecting the toes) due to shoe pressure. Our podiatry team will remove the corn on your 1st visit and explain to you why it will come back!. Yes, they return due to shoe pressure... Once the corn is removed (painlessly), ask our podiatry team to advise you on the best shoes for your work, sport and fashion. The correct footwear will go a long way toward resolving the corn problem.

A callous is an area of thickened hard skin, due to overload and pressure. Callouses can be protective but also painful if they are left too long. They are simply removed by debriding the thickened skin. If you are diabetic or have a compromised immune system be sure to discuss this with your podiatrist, as we will take additional precautions to ensure there potential complications are minimised.

Please do not use Corn pads containing acid. They irritate the skin and potentially cause infection.

Let our podiatry team guide you.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a virus caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

The warts are hard, grainy or fleshy growths that can be painful.

Treatments include over-the-counter remedies, salicylic acid, freezing with Liquid Nitrogen or surgery.

NEW METHOD:

However, we also use a special treatment called Cantharadin. We are the only podiatry clinic in the Sydney CBD who have dermatological training in the use of Cantharadin. It has revolutionised the way plantar warts are managed.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toe nails are a common, painful condition that occur when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. This condition is usually very painful and can be associated with infection. Some ingrown toenails are chronic, with repeated episodes of pain and infection. Irritation, redness, an uncomfortable sensation of warmth, as well as swelling can result from an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails develop for many reasons. In some cases the condition is congenital, such as toenails that simply are too large.

The most common cause is cutting your toenails incorrectly, causing them to re-grow into the skin. Tight hosiery or shoes with narrow toe boxes only make matters worse. If the skin is red, painful or swollen on the sides of the nail, an infection may be present. This occurs because the ingrown nail is often in a warm, moist and bacteria-rich environment. When the nail penetrates the skin, it provides a convenient entry for germs that can cause infection. Untreated, the nail can go under the skin, causing a more severe infection. In either case, the infection needs to be cured with sterile instruments and antibiotics.

Recommendation: In many cases, short term relief using the following simple regimen:

  • Soak the feet in warm salt water
  • Dry them with a clean towel
  • Apply a mild antiseptic solution to the area (eg. Betadine)
  • Bandage the toe

Recommendation: Our Podiatry team have experts in the clinic who can perform a minor in-office surgical procedure to cure in-grown toenail problems. This procedure generally takes about 60 minutes, is pain free with local anaesthesia with wound resolution within 4 weeks. Contact our rooms to make an initial appointment to discuss your nail condition and options that are available.

Fungus

Do you have skin on your feet that is itchy, inflamed red or pink?. It may also appear as a mild rash and the skin itself can look scaly

A fungal infection that usually begins between the toes.

Athlete's foot commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes.

Symptoms include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. People with athlete's foot can have moist, raw skin between their toes.

Treatment involves topical anti-fungal medication. Ask our podiatry team to recommend the best type of cream, medicament for your feet, advice on socks, shoes, and general foot hygiene principles that will help clear the fungus

Cracked Heels
Dry skin is the primary culprit behind cracked heels. While the dry skin itself is not dangerous, if untreated it can result in painful heels. 

Dry, cracked heels are best treated with therapeutic ointments and creams and abiding wearing open-heeled shoes such as sandals and sling-backs.

Our podiatry team tests and re-tests dozens of creams and solutuonsso we know what creams will be best suited for your feet