The Basics of Myotherapy

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Clinical Myotherapy is a branch of manual medicine that addresses conditions that cause pain to the musculoskeletal system. Besides the muscles and the bones included under the umbrella of myotherapy are issues concerning the joints, fascia, ligaments, tendons and the nerves. Clinical myotherapy provides a multi-faceted approach to pain management and recovery.

 

WHAT TECHNIQUES OR MODALITIES ARE USED BY MYOTHERAPISTS?

Myotherapists usually use a combination of physical therapy modalities mentioned below to manage the pain of the patient.

 

Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy such as therapeutic massage, myofascial release techniques and trigger point therapy uses the hand to target specific areas to produce a therapeutic outcome.

 

Temperature Therapy

Whether thermal therapy (hot) or cryotherapy (cold) the goal of temperature therapy is to apply various temperatures to a targeted area to either ease the pain or reduce swelling.

 

Electromechanical Stimulation

Modalities like TENS therapy, therapeutic ultrasound and low level laser therapy can be used to manage the pain of the patient and provide and analgesic outcome. This is done through the use of electronic currents or soundwaves.

 

Myofascial Dry Needling

Dry needling is a modality similar to acupuncture that targets “trigger points” to deactivate the pain cycle and in effect managing the patient’s pain.

 

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MYOTHERAPY?

Frozen Shoulder

The bones, ligaments and tendons of your shoulder are covered by a “capsule” of connective tissue. When this capsule thickens or tightens it is what is referred to as a “frozen shoulder”. Although there is no definite reason as to why this happens, it can be related to lack of movement of the shoulder such as after surgery. Clinical myotherapy is effective for the management of frozen shoulders. The aim of myotherapy is to ease the pain caused by the condition and to gradually increase range of mobility of the shoulder. This is done through myofascial release, dry needling, shoulder mobilization and corrective exercises.

 

Tension headaches

Quite a lot of people use clinical myotherapy to alleviate chronic headache and migraines. This is because a lot of times chronic headaches and migraine can actually be caused by muscular tension on the head and shoulders. To address this mytherapists will employ different physical therapy techniques such as myofascial release and heat and ice therapy.

 

Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when a dislocated disc or bone spur on the spine compresses the sciatic nerve. The result is radiating pain on one side of the body along the path of the compressed sciatic nerve. Common symptoms are pain, inflammation and numbness on the affected leg. Myotherapy can relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve through corrective exercises and by identifying abnormal muscle contracture that may be compressing the nerve.

 

Other Conditions that Can Benefit from Myotherapy

  • Strains, sprains and cramps
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Scoliosis
  • Sporting Injuries

 

For more information about the benefits of myotherapy you may contact Body Focus Myotherapy to set an appointment.


Benefits of Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy in Sydney, has become such an integral part of medical treatment and rehabilitation. This comes as no surprise however as there is good reason why. Here are some of the benefits of physiotherapy.

 

RESTORES PHYSICAL FUNCTION

The main objective of undergoing physiotherapy is to eventually restore the normal physical functions of the patient. In the event that complete restoration is unlikely, physiotherapists can work with the patient to teach the patient to adapt to his current state and be as functionally independent as physically possible.

 

Quite a number of conditions can be made easier by physiotherapy. Whether it be a sport injury or a neurological condition, physiotherapy can improve the patient’s condition more often than not.

 

ALLEVIATES PAIN

Pain treatment may also be accomplished using physiotherapy. A physiotherapist may relieve pain using either passive or active therapy. Examples for passive therapy are ice or heat packs, ultrasound and electrothermal therapy. Included in active therapy are stretching, pain relief exercises, low impact aerobic exercises and strength training.

 

The only downside to this is that usually the pain relief is temporary. These therapies should be viewed similarly to pain relievers since they are cannot entirely eliminate the pain unless the root cause is resolved. The main purpose of pain therapies is to reduce pain enough so than you can continue on with your program.

 

HELPS WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF CERTAIN DISEASES

It is no secret that physiotherapy helps tremendously with the management of certain diseases. It is especially for those that have chronic illnesses that have a debilitating effect on the afflicted. In the case of neurological disorders for example like paralyzing strokes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease physiotherapy is invaluable in the management of these conditions. Physiotherapy may also enable children with cerebral palsy to be as functionally independent as possible. Patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary problems also benefit from physiotherapy through programs and exercises that improve endurance and stamina.

 

In conditions that cause a deterioration of physical ability, musculoskeletal impairment and even paralysis, physiotherapy is both crucial and invaluable. In that, it can correct these issues or teach the patient to adapt to the situation if necessary.

 

PREVENTS INJURY

Ask anybody and they would tell you that they would rather spend money preventing an injury than have to suffer through and pay the same amount—if not more. Physiotherapist can assess you for proper gait and form to correct any postural problems that may increase your risk of injury. Bike and equipment fitting is also available to make sure that the machines you use for working out or for sport will be the best fit and again, avoid injury.

 

HELPS KEEPS ATHLETES AT THEIR BEST

Some physiotherapy clinics and sports physiotherapists will offer programs to keep you at your best shape. The programs will be tailor fitted to you, you goals, your body and your sport of choice. There are clinics that even offer triathalon or marathon training and coaching.


Services Offered at QV Physiotherapy

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With so many options it can be a challenge to choose a physiotherapist in Melbourne. For reliable professionals with extensive experience you may want to visit QV Physiotherapy. Right in the heart of the city, QV Physiotherapy offers a variety of services in 30 minute sessions that are all designed to give the patient maximum care and attention. Here are some of the services offered at QV Physiotherapy.

 

MANUAL THERAPY

Manual therapy is usually used to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. This hands-on technique commonly involves kneading of the muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. Manual therapy is commonly divided in to three categories: massages, manipulation and mobilization. A massage is basically repetitive rubbing or kneading of the myofascial tissues to improve circulation. Manipulation is the science of applying sheer and rotational force on joints. It is often associated with “popping” sounds. These sounds are created by bursting gas bubbles that form in the joint cavitations. Mobilization is much gentler and is the clinical equivalent of stretching. Joints and myofascial (soft tissue) are stretched to improve bio-mechanical elasticity. QV Physiotherapy offers the following manual therapy options:

  • Mobilisation
  • Manipulation
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Trigger Points Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Muscle Re-education

 

DRY NEEDLING

Dry needling involves inserting a filiform needle (used for acupuncture) or a hollow hypodermic needle into the skin and muscle directly onto a “trigger point”. There are two ways to treat trigger points. One involves inserting a local anesthetic onto the trigger point and the other involves mechanical, and therefore “dry”, pressure. Trigger points contain “contraction knots” that contribute to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Although the mechanisms are not well studied and certain, dry needling seems to alleviate pain by treating trigger points.

 

ELECTROTHERAPY

Electrotherapy refers to the use of increase energy to assist the body’s natural healing response and pain reduction. The energy used may be electrical, sound, magnetic, light and temperature. This type of therapy has short short-term benefits and will provide the greatest benefit when it is used as an adjunct of an already existing physiotherapy program. This is to say that electrotherapy is not a solution in itself but rather it reduces pain and inflammation to allow the patient to continue with his physiotherapy program. QV Physiotherapy uses ultrasound to relieve pain and swelling.

 

REHABILITATION

Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to restore a patient’s functional independence so that they may be fully integrated into the work, activities and lifestyle that they are used to. The goal is to help a patient to be able to live life with very little to no physical assistance, whether at home, work or leisure. In rehabilitation it is also the physiotherapist’s responsibility to focus on the patient’s own goals to improve any disability and encourage the patient along until the goal is achieved. At QV Physiotherapy they have quite the repertoire for rehabilitation:

  • Muscle Strengthening
  • Conditioning Programs
  • Stretching Programs
  • Core Training and Pilates
  • Balance Retraining
  • Pliometrics
  • Fitball
  • Post-surgical Strengthening

Services Offered At Melbourne Podiatrist

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There has been recent increase in the demand for clinics that offer podiatry, Sandringham, fortunately for those who live nearby, has one of the best practices in town. To provide a run through here are the services that Melbourne Podiatrist’s Sandringham clinic has to offer.

 

SPORTS INJURIES

Sports Podiatry is primarily concerned in two areas: foot and lower limb overuse injuries and mechanical performance enhancement. The podiatrists at Melbourne Podiatrist are trained to assess the way you move to check and look out for potential problems. Correcting these biomechanical problems could reduce the risk of injury markedly. In the case of overuse injuries, the problem is often caused by a combination of over exertion and imbalance due to bad biomechanical form. The podiatrist will determine the cause of the imbalance and recommend a suitable therapeutic program.

 

CHILDREN’S FOOT CARE

A child learning how to walk receives important sensory messages from his feet. Shoes, especially ones with hard soles may interfere with your child’s development especially in his coordination, posture and balance. If you are concerned about your children having flat feet, feet that turn either inwards or outwards it is important to note that most of these issues will resolve themselves as the child grows older. If that is not the case with your child you may want to seek the consult of a podiatrist.

 

ORTHOTICS

Orthotics, sometimes referred to as orthoses, are medical devices that are put inside your shoe to correct some problems you may have with your feet. Their work is mainly to support the arches of your feet, which in turn will correct any biomechanical problem such as pronation or supination. Most high end orthotics are custom fitted to tailor to your feet. This is important as everybody’s feet are different and a customized pair of orthotics would do a better job at correcting your issues. However for those who are looking for value for their money pre-fabricated orthoses that can be adjusted are also available. To get the soundest advice regarding orthotics it is best to consult a podiatrist.

 

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

A series of acoustic waves is applied onto any injured part of the body. The acoustic waves then stimulate a healing response from your body. Radial Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) has been found to increase blood circulation in the targeted area as well as increased metabolism and blood vessel development. This in turn improves the speed of healing by stimulating cell development. Shockwave therapy has been found to be equally effective in podiatric injuries and you should head over to Melbourne Podiatrist to try it.

 

NAIL SURGERY

Ingrown nails, especially recurring ones, are such a pain to deal with. At Melbourne Podiatrist you can avoid getting painful ingrown toe nails by either having your nails trimmed correctly or getting corrective nail surgery. Podiatrists at Melbourne Podiatrist can trim your toe nails on a regular basis so as to avoid the development of toe nails. However, if you have noticed that the ingrown nails keeps recurring despite regular trimming maybe it’s time to undergo corrective nail surgery. Corrective nail surgery shapes the toe nail in a way that prevents ingrown nails and destroys the base of the offending area of the nail.

 

HEEL PAIN MANAGEMENT

If you are suffering from painful heels you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis happens when stress and damage causes the ligament running from your heel to the ball of your foot to be inflamed and painful. The leading cause of plantar fasciitis is pronation. The abnormal rolling in at the ankle causes stress to the ligament. The symptoms may be exacerbated by wearing poor quality shoes and being overweight. To treat the condition, a podiatrist will assess the cause of your heel pain and build a treatment program around that.

 

VIDEO GAIT ANALYSIS

Video gait analysis allows your podiatrist to assess the soundness of your biomechanics. This is done by assessing your movements such as walking, running and jogging through video. After the assessment an appropriate treatment plan will be drafted for you if the analysis identifies anomalies.

For more information you may look up the Melbourne Podiatrist website.


What to Expect On Your First Physiotherapy Session?

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Physiotherapy in Mandurah is slowly becoming an integral part of all medical recovery. It is no longer sufficient for health care providers in Mandurah to discharge a patient from the hospital only to let the patient fend for himself. A patient, especially one who has suffered musculoskeletal impairment due to accident, injury or as a side effect of surgery has special needs that extend well beyond his stay at the hospital. Helping a patient to get back on his feet, so to speak, is just as important as treating him in the first place.

 

For those who will be experiencing physiotherapy for the first time, we have laid out some very basic things that you can expect on your first physiotherapy session.

 

First off, your physician will assign you to a physiotherapist. However, what to physiotherapists do exactly? Physiotherapists are individuals who have been educated, trained and licensed to be able to provide you with physiotherapeutic care. Physiotherapy will most likely include mobility exercises, massages, specially designed exercises and your therapist is in charge of building a program that will help you with any particular physical difficulty that you have. Some physiotherapists are board certified to provide specialized care for sports injury, sports physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy. It is best to approach a therapist who has extensive experience in your particular problem.

 

On your first visit you will be assessed for mobility problems. Your physiotherapist will most likely talk to you about your history, your symptoms and your daily activity. The goal is to help you move better by increasing your strength, balance and helping your joint and muscles regain or develop mobility. Your physiotherapist will then develop a program, with your involvement, and set goals for you program. There is no one size fits all program for physiotherapy. If you notice that a clinic you are going to is doing this for their patients, this is a clear sign that the practice is not concerned enough about your well-being to take the time to personalize a program for you.

 

The first session will last about 30-45 minutes and it is best to bring a loved one, or care giver if you have one, to the session so that the physiotherapist can also include your care giver in the program and educate them in ways that will speed up your recovery. Physiotherapy is a team effort, your progress and development will come quicker if you and your physiotherapist are in the same page and are both invested in your progress.

 

Contact a physiotherapist today if you don’t already have one at 4 Life Physiotherapy Mandurah.


PODIATRY IN AUSTRALIA and WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST CONSULTATION

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The podiatric practice in Australia is unique from practices in other countries in a lot of ways podiatry in Strathmore is no different. Podiatry is a branch of medicine that specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions of the lower extremities, ankles and the feet. This is a practice common all over the United States, in the UK and also in Australia. Podiatric physicians are trained, in courses lasting 3-4 years, in human physiology, human anatomy, general medicine, surgery and pharmacology. There are differences in practice all of the world but for the purpose of this article, we will be focusing on the podiatric practice of Australia.

 

Podiatry in Australia

In Australia podiatry has been defined, by The Australian Podiatry Council, as a practice that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment, therapy and rehabilitation of medical conditions concerning the lower extremities, ankle and all the way down to the foot. Podiatrists are licensed by Australia’s State Boards of Podiatry and must be registered with the Podiatry Board of Australia. Podiatry is one of the three medical professions, including medicine and dentistry, which can operate surgical procedures on patients as well as provide professional medical attention. As such, just like dentists and physicians, they are also referred to as “Dr.” except in some Australian states like Queensland.

 

Roles of Podiatrists in Australia

Podiatrists may professionally attend to a wide array of conditions concerning the lower extremities, ankles and feet. Licensed podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat any of, but not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Bone and joint disorders as well as soft tissue and muscular pathologies.
  • Neurological and circulatory diseases affecting the lower limbs, ankle and feet.
  • Complications of any of the above conditions including skin and nail disorders.
  • They may also treat minor foot concerns such as ingrown nails, corns and calluses (especially of the condition, no matter how minor, interferes with the patient’s mobility).
  • Injuries and infections of the lower limb sustained through sports or accidents may also be attended to by podiatrists.

 

The Consultation

How Will Consultations Usually Go? For many who will be seeing a podiatrist for the first time you may wonder what the consultation will be like. It is quite similar to consulting with a medical physician albeit the techniques and modalities for assessment and therapy may vary. First, the podiatrist will interview the patient in order to learn the patient’s medical history. This is important as any person’s medical history is crucial in the proper diagnosis of his current ailment. After the taking of the history, the patient will be assessed either by physical examination or through various tests. After the initial assessment the problem will be diagnosed the podiatrist will prepare a treatment plan and provide a range of therapies.

For more information about your podiatric options in Australia, talk to a registered podiatric professional at Melbourne Podiatry Clinic and set an appointment.


North Adelaide Physiotherapy | A Cut above the Rest

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When it comes to physiotherapy Adelaide has quite a number of options. If you are currently looking into trying out physiotherapy out of curiosity or because your physician prescribed it, you may start looking at North Adelaide Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is a kind of treatment you may need when health problems or medical procedures make it hard for you to move around or attend to your normal daily functions. The practice is focused on helping you move better. Religious practice and compliance of physiotherapy programs may alleviate pain caused by injury or illness. Your physician may also suggest you undergo physiotherapy for long term health problems like arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This therapy may be used alone or as an adjunct to other treatments. At North Adelaide Physiotherapy their qualified team of physiotherapists offers services in the North Adelaide area as well as in the surrounding suburbs (Medindie, Medindie Gardens, Prospect and Walkerville). To give you a quick rundown here are some of the services that they offer.

 

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY

The team at North Adelaide Physiotherapy they offer a wide variety of treatments and services that will be able to address the needs of every patient. To identify which treatments may be best for the patient a physiotherapist will first asses what the cause of the problem is, where the pain is radiating from and what is causing it. Treatments will differ depending on the presenting condition of the patient. In general the patient can expect a combination of any of the techniques in the following list:

  • Mobilisation therapy (Joint or Spine)
  • Postural Advice
  • Exercise Programs
  • Physical Training Programs
  • Pilates Conditioning Progams
  • Walking and Running Retraining

 

 

SPORTS and SPORTS INJURY PHYSIOTHERAPY

North Adelaide Physiotherapy has qualified sport physiotherapists and their clinic is equipped with the latest in digital gait and spinal scanning technology. The physiotherapy practice insists on providing their patients with the best of care which includes being able to diagnose and assess patients successfully. North Adelaide Physiotherapy works closely with many sports throughout Adelaide so you can be sure that you are getting help from experienced therapists. The therapists at North Adelaide have also been trained to diagnose and manage a range of sports injuries and as such, they have a very broad knowledge of sport related injuries. They even offer a 7 Day Emergency Service so that they can address your physiotherapy needs at the soonest possible time.

 

 

ORTHOTICS

Orthotics is a type of arch support designed to alleviate or prevent pain on the foot, calves, legs and even your lower back. They can be made of plastic or rubber and are placed on the inside of your footwear right under the arch of your foot. After undergoing initial assessment and gait scans you will be prescribed with custom made orthotics to encourage a more functionally effective position. For a more in depth discussion of their services your can look up North Adelaide Physiotherapy online.


TOKYO PHYSIO | The Leading Physiotherapy Clinic in Japan

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In Tokyo physiotherapy is gaining popularity especially in athletes. For more than a decade now, Tokyo Physio has been the leading physiotherapy clinic in Tokyo. This doesn’t come as a surprise as they have state of the art equipment and excellent service that extends even to their patient’s homes through online home rehabilitation materials. They have native English speaking therapists who have been trained in the best physiotherapy universities in Australia which is regarded as a world leader in physiotherapy research and development. Their native English speaking therapists are probably the reason why for so many years now Tokyo Physio has been the preferred sports physio clinic of expatriates and athletes.

 

Sessions in Tokyo Physio are always one-to-one. This is to ensure that the patient will get the undivided attention of the therapist. Each booked session lasts an hour. In every initial session the history of the patient will be taken and the diagnosis and treatment will be recommended. Tokyo Physio prides itself in being wholly invested in the recovery of their patients to the point of encouraging their patients to participate in their recovery whole heartedly.

 

TOKYO PHYSIO | SERVICES

To get a clearer picture of what Tokyo Physio is about we will be discussing some of the services they offer in their numerous branches all over Tokyo and Japan. To add, they have also opened a branch in Singapore called Singapore Physio.

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapy or physical therapy is a healthcare profession primarily concerned with helping people who have been affected by injury, illness and disability. This is done through exercise, manual therapy as well as education and advice. At Tokyo Physio they have English speaking therapists who have undergone intensive training in Australia.

 

MASSAGE

The clinic offers sports massages along with typical relaxing massages. They also offer massages tailor fitted for pregnant women.

 

PILATES

You may also book an appointment for Pilates classes. Classes may be in small groups or individual.

 

RUNNING BIOMECHANICAL ASSESMENTS and RUNNING SEMINARS

Tokyo Physio can run an assessment of your running style to see how you can improve your gait and running posture to be a more proficient runner. The assessment will also give you helpful information as to how you may improve your running in a way that prevents injury. Tokyo Physio also offers running seminars.

 

TRIATHLON COACHING and BIKE FITTING

The clinic offers coaching for beginner’s looking to do their first triathlon and for intermediate level triathletes looking to take their performance to the next level. To supplement your training the clinic also offer bike fitting to ensure a comfortable cycling experience that improves performance and ride aerodynamics.

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH and NATAL CLASSES

The physiotherapy needs of women may slightly differ from men’s. That is why Tokyo Physio would like to address women’s needs by offering physiotherapy programs tailor-fitted for women. For expecting mothers the clinic also offers pre and post natal exercises and therapy.

 

4 WEEKS TO A BETTER BACK

Tokyo Physio has developed a program that promises a pain free and stronger back in just 4 weeks.

To book an appointment head over to tokyophysio.com


FOOTINJURY CLINIC | Podiatry Practices in the Bondi Junction Area

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If you are looking for clinics that offer podiatry Bondi Junction may have what you are looking for. Footinjuryclinic is a reputable practice with lots of experience with all kinds of injuries of the lower legs and feet. Below is a summary of the services offered by the clinc:

 

PINPOINTE™ FOOTLASER™

Pinpointe™ Footlaser™ is the first clinical proven laser device for the treatment of nail fungus. Medically referred to as onychomychosis, nail fungi grow on the inside and underside of the nail making it difficult to access my other medical means such as using ointments and topical treatment. Removing the nail altogether is another option but is often quite painful and debilitating. Pinpointe™ Footlaser™ has the ability to penetrate the nail and vaporize the fungus from the inside without destroying other tissues.

 

ORTHEMA CAD/CAM ORTHOTICS

The footinjuryclinic has recently installed the latest CAD/CAM system for designing and manufacturing orthotics. Orthotics are medical devices that correct a multitude of foot problems such as pronation, supination or to support the arch of the foot. Compared to the traditional way of using casts to measure your feet, the CAD/CAM system uses a sophisticated machine with thousands of sensors to be able to produce digital information regarding mold of your feet. This means no more discomfort from sticky plasters and your orthotics may be prepared within the day. Footinjuryclinic also provides pressure relief orthotics, pre-fabricated orthotics and custom made orthotics.

 

HEEL PAIN MANAGEMENT

Heel pain is most commonly associated with plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. In plantar fasciitis the ligament that connects the heel to the ball of your foot is inflamed and causes pain especially in the morning or after long periods of rest (walking around “massages” the ligament so the pain is not as pronounced). Heel spurs are boney grows beneath the heel bone that cause pain and discomfort on your heel. Footinjuryclinic has state of the art video gait analysis, pressure fluoro scopes, and x-rays to aide your diagnosis. After diagnosis your podiatrist will recommend a combination of medical and home therapy methods to help with the pain.

 

BIOMECHANICS AND GAIT ANALYSIS

Footinjuryclinic offers podiatric biomechanics and gait analysis. Gait analysis is the systematic study of human motion. It is used to assess and treat individuals who have difficulty walking or running. Biomechanical examinations involve taking measurements of the feet and the legs in different positions as well as checking movements while running and walking. Footinjuryclinic has a specialized gait analysis room complete with a 20 meter walkway, treadmill, slow motions replays of video gait analysis via Videotrak and a fluoroscope pressure plate to determine areas of your feet that are continuously subjected to high impact and load.

 

PODIATRY FOR CHILDREN

Issues such as flat-feet, pronation and supination are common in young children as the muscles and ligaments of their feet have not yet fully developed. However, if you are concerned about your child’s gait and mobility it is wise to consult a podiatrist to have your child assessed.

 

NAIL SURGERY (INGROWN TOE NAILS)

To remove recurring ingrown toe nails once and for all, footinjuryclinic offers nail surgery. A minor surgery that treats ingrown toe nails at the base and prevents the offending part of the nail from growing and digging into the flesh.

 

PODIATRY TREATMENT FOR DIABETES

As Diabetes progresses, it becomes harder and harder for the body to distribute nutrition properly. As a consequence, extremities like the feet get very little nourishment and as a consequence will deteriorate in time. To avoid amputation, podiatrists and a team of health care professionals must be consulted to prevent circumstances that will lead to amputation.