Services at CentrePod

Foot Surgery & Other Services for Perth

General Podiatry – Ingrown toenails, Corns and Calluses

Many people have minor, yet irritating problems with corns and callus. In some cases these can be very painful and interfere with activity. Excess pressure or friction on various regions of the foot can lead to the production protective skin tissue which subsequently may become excessively thick and painful. This is termed hyperkeratosis. Some people have a greater tendency to produce such irritating skin tissue.  Corns and calluses may occur on the ball of the foot and/or the toes may also be affected.

CentrePod Podiatrists can assist you with this.

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Diabetes and higher risk feet

People having diabetes, disease of poor circulation or a variety of dermatological, neurological and rheumatoid disorders are at greater risk of developing serious foot problems. Often the most insignificant injury can result in a long term ulcer, infection and at worst possible amputation. It is important that an experienced practitioner assesses the state of impairment of circulation and any nerve deficit. The patient must be made aware of the condition and appropriate advice for each individual is issued. Footwear is checked and discussed, and any lesion must be treated and reviewed.

CentrePod has podiatrists involved in the management of these conditions with close correspondence with the patients GP. Consultation and treatment for such chronic conditions can fall with the scope of Medicare rebate and requires a GP referral.

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Fungal toenail infection (onychomycosis)

Centrepod podiatry offers a wide range of treatment options for the management of fungal toenail infections. The very latest, photodynamic therapy is also available at the North Perth clinic.

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Musculoskeletal/Sports

This aspect of podiatry focuses on foot and leg problems associated with the demands of physical activity. CentrePod podiatrists have experience and knowledge in various conditions affecting the lower limbs and are specially trained in the assessment of biomechanical anomalies in the lower limbs and feet. Once the problem is identified treatment may commence by addressing the condition locally or by negating the causative factors by correcting the faulty mechanics. Orthotic devices may be prescribed to achieve this. Advice on appropriate sporting footwear and specific exercise programmes is incorporated. The use of dry needling or myofascial techniques may be warranted and able to be incorporated in the treatment plan by Podiatrists at CentrePod. Assessment and modification of poor training or activity technique may be required.

CentrePod Podiatrists often work in association with sports physicians and physiotherapists in a team approach for the benefit of the patient.

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Foot Orthoses

Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical and physical laws which determines the way in which our body moves and functions. Problems can arise if the mechanical relationship between the foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back is not correct. This includes both bony alignment and muscle function. These biomechanical anomalies can be rectified once identified, and in some cases, an orthotic device is required to achieve this goal. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple insole which may require modification. In other circumstances a specific custom prescribed and manufactured orthotic is the treatment of choice. The device chosen is determined by the biomechanical fault and individual needs of the patient. Various materials and styles are used to best suite the condition treated. The prescription of an orthotic follows careful assessment and impression or computer scan of the foot in a specific position as determined by podiatrists at CentrePod.

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Paediatrics/Children

Many young children have anomalies that concern the parents. Usual problems include flat feet, intoed or out toed walking pattern, toe walking, late walking, poor coordination, clumsy walking style, bow legs or knock knees, curved feet, mal aligned toes, nail problems etc. Often the child may be just going through an accepted developmental pattern but at times treatment and advice is required. There are a variety of conditions that can give problems in the future that can be addressed in childhood. It is important to have your child assessed by the Podiatrist at CentrePod if you have any concerns regarding the feet or lower limbs.

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Podiatric Surgery

Podiatric Foot surgery is performed by Podiatric Surgeons that have under gone further post graduate education and training and registered as specialist in Podiatric Surgery. The scope of surgery ranges from minor ingrown nail procedure through to the correction of hammer toes, bunions and complex foot deformities or injuries. If surgical consultation is required, referral will be arranged.

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