Providing a complete range of specialised and general foot care diagnosis, treatment, education and advice, Barefoot Podiatry can get you back on your feet with:
- Children’s Feet (Assessment & Treatment)
- Dry Needling & Trigger Point Therapy
- Orthotics & Arch Supports
- Biomechanical Assessment
- Video Treadmill Gait Analysis
- Individual Stretching and Strengthening Programs
- Strapping Techniques
- Footwear Advice
- Corns & Callus
- Wart Treatment
- Ingrown Toenails
- General Foot Care
Alongside regular foot care, children have some very unique podiatric needs. With soft, flexible, growing feet, children can experience a range of foot, ankle and leg conditions that can cause pain, alter their gait and limit their performance in sporting endeavours.
Dry Needling & Trigger Point Therapy
Dry Needling is an effective treatment for acute foot injuries, muscle spasms and tightness. It involves the use of fine acupuncture needles to deactivate trigger points in the muscle and release contraction.
A safe and effective way to treat chronic soft tissue injuries and ligamentous strain, Prolotherapy involves injecting 5-25% glucose (sugar water), saline (salt water) and lignocaine (anaesthetic) around joints to promote wound healing.
Orthotics & Arch Support
Custom designed innersoles, known as orthotics or arch supports, help improve foot and leg function by correcting poor posture and alignment of the bones and muscles. Inserted in your shoes, orthotics can help with foot, leg and even back pain. Orthotic arch supports can be designed to fit in work shoes, boots, running shoes and casual shoes.
Thorough testing and evaluation of the muscles and joints from the lower back to the feet is known as a Biomechanical Assessment. Biomechanical Assessments assist Podiatrists to diagnose your problem and look at factors that may be causing your pain. The assessment is non-invasive and does not cause any pain.
Video Treadmill Gait Analysis
A Video Treadmill Gait Analysis involves taking a very detailed look at the way you walk or run. By capturing the motion of muscles in the feet, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles from various angles on video, podiatrists can see complex motion related pathology of the foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back. The assessment can be done on our treadmill, both barefoot and in shoes.
Individual Stretching and Strengthening Programs
Using the latest evidence-based research, Podiatrists can design a stretching and strengthening program aimed at rehabilitating the lower limb and reducing the risk of re-injury. Tight or ineffective muscles can result in musculoskeletal imbalances, injury, joint dysfunction and pain.
Strapping Techniques are an important part of the rehabilitation of active feet and lower limb injuries. Our specialist Podiatrists are highly trained in foot strapping techniques, with different types of tape available to manage pain, injury and activity.
Pain in the feet, back, hips, knees and ankles may be the result of poor footwear, or footwear not designed for your foot type. Our podiatrists have extensive knowledge in work boots, work shoes, dress shoes, dress boots, running shoes, football boots and children’s school and sporting shoes.
Corns & Callus
The foot’s response to excessive pressure, calluses are an area of hard, thickened skin. Often the result of a biomechanical abnormality, tight fitting footwear, or a predisposition, calluses can be very painful.
Plantar Warts, also called Verrucae’s, generally appear on the soles of the feet. The result of a viral infection within the skin, they appear as a thickened area of skin, often with tiny black dots. Plantar warts can be very painful depending on their size and position on the foot.
A very common and painful condition, ingrown toenails occur when the skin on one or both sides of the nail, grows over the edge of the nail. The result of direct trauma, repetitive trauma (i.e. soccer/running), incorrect cutting of the toenail and congenital issues with the size and or shape of the nail, ingrown toenails are unlikely to resolve without professional podiatric treatment if inflammation, swelling and pain are present.
Diabetes affects the feet in many ways. Compromising blood flow to the feet, diabetes can affect circulation, healing time and increase the risk of infections to the skin and nails of the feet. Diabetes can also affect the nerves of the feet, causing problems with feeling in the feet and proprioception (the stability of the feet).
General Foot Care