Podiatry Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to see my doctor for a referral?

No, Podiatrists are health professionals in their own right are able to diagnose all conditions related to the lower limb.

I have an ingrown toe nail, can a Podiatrist help me?

Yes, your podiatrist is fully conversant with how infections and pain develops and can treat all nail pathologies.

How can I treat tinea?

Most commercially available creams will effectively treat tinea, remember the spores that cause the problem are in the shoes and socks and so the use of a anti fungal powder in the shoes and soaking the socks in antibacterial and fungal solutions will reduce the risk of further infection.

I have a sports injury and I need immediate treatment, can a podiatrist help?

Yes, a Podiatrist is fully conversant with first aid techniques to bring short term improvement. This includes strapping, ice treatment, ultrasound and other rehabilitation exercises. Furthermore he is able to determine the underlying reason for the initial injury and organise a long term treatment regime to prevent a reoccurrence.

I have shin splints can a Podiatrist help?

Yes shin splints are caused by an over pronatory mid foot and this can be helped with stretching and strapping and if the problem persists then the use of corrective orthotics can be considered.

Other conditions we can help with are knee, hip and lower back pain.

Forms & Instructions.

Post Surgery Protocol

After the surgery the foot should be rested for 48 hrs and then the dressing removed.
Soak the foot in mild salt water (2 tablespoons to a liter of warm water) for 10 minutes and then pat the surgical site dry.

Apply a liberal amount of Betadine solution to the entire toe and then cover with Cutipast dressing, ensuring the dressing sits central over the wound site. Carry out the soak and dressing twice a day until the return visit. If concerned contact the clinic on 9576 9495.

Detox & Health Juice Recipe

Most toxins attack the liver and treatments like chemotherapy and strong antiviral drugs can also see the liver become stressed and unable to filter correctly. The use of juices allows the rapid absorption of minerals and vitamins while keeping the impact on the liver low.

An ideal juice is as follows:

6-8 young carrots (pre cursor to vitamin A)
1 fresh apple (green or red according to taste)
2 sticks of celery (strong anti inflammatory)
Quarter fresh beetroot (effective cleanser)

Use of Anti Oxidants

People suffering from joint pain and problems can benefit from daily intake of anti oxidants, these come from most fresh foods and can also be taken as a supplement.

The mine field out there can often cause confusion so keeping it simple is the best. An effective anti oxidant should be absorbed rapidly and then cleared from the body leaving no harmful residue. Calcium ascorbate is one such supplement and has the double action of free radical scavenger and calcium booster.

One of the most popular products is Ester C, this is rapidly absorbed and very effective in clearing free radicals. Free radicals are the waste products from cell destruction, damage and necrosis and include damaging enzymes such as lisome. For more information regarding these topics please contact Greg at Prahran Market Health Food. Click Here!