Treatment Types

Our priority is service & it shows in everything we do

At My Podiatrist we are dedicated to provide the highest quality of foot care services to each & every client, we offer comprehensive podiatry treatments for a range of leg & foot conditions. Our services range from general foot care for all age groups, to more specialised foot services. Our highly trained & motivated staff are experienced in all podiatric services.

With five clinics in Melbourne City, Mill Park, South Morang, Mernda and Campbellfield we offer specialised footcare, including podiatry, myotherapy/massage and physiotherapy. We provide after hours & Saturday morning appointments, as well as home visits to the elderly by appointment.

Catering to All Your Foot Care Needs

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain.

The plantar fascia is a ligamentous band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of your foot to stabilize underlying structures and support the arch of your foot. Injury to the plantar fascia, such as bruising or overstretching, can cause inflammation of this ligament resulting in heel pain (often described as a ‘stabbing’ pain). The pain can be experienced in one or both feet and is often worse first thing in the morning or after rest.

Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people, but is also common in younger individuals who are highly active – such as athletes or soldiers. Risk factors for strain to the plantar fascia include:

  • Your feet roll inward when you walk (excessive pronation)
  • You have high arches or flat feet.
  • You walk, stand, run for long periods (especially on hard surfaces).
  • You are overweight.
  • You have ill-fitting shoes or unsupportive shoes.
  • You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.

Chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia can result in the development of a bony growth or spur. Spurs can only be seen on an x-ray, but its presence can often be flagged by tenderness at the heel or sole of your foot. The spur itself does not cause pain, but may be the cause of excessive inflammation and an increase in pain.

My Podiatrist offers a variety of treatments to ease and eliminate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis including:

  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Custom-Made orthotics to support the foot.
  • Ultrasound therapy.
  • Professional strapping.
  • Provision of flexibility exercises.
  • Gait analysis to detect and correct abnormalities.
  • Medical grade Footwear

Contact Us to make an appointment for an assessment or treatment of your heel pain.

Swollen Legs/Ankles

Swollen ankles and feet are common and usually not cause for concern, particularly if you have been walking or standing a lot. However, feet and ankles that remain swollen for an extended period of time, accompanied by other symptoms, can signal serious health concerns.

Injury to the foot or ankle can lead to swelling, the most common of which is a sprained ankle that results from ligaments supporting the ankle become stretched beyond their normal range. In order to reduce swelling, rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected limb is suggested.

Conditions that cause swelling:

  • Lymphedema: A condition characterised by the collection of lymphatic fluid in tissue as a result of the absence or damage of lymph vessels or nodes. If left untreated, lymph build-up can impair wound healing leading to infection or deformity.
  • Venous insufficiency: A condition in which blood inadequately moves up the veins from the legs and feet, up to the heart as a result of vein damage or weakening. Chronic venous insufficiency can lead to skin changes, skin ulcers, and infection.
  • Infection: Individuals with diabetic neuropathy or other nerve problems are at particular risk of foot infections, therefore we highly recommend regular visits to inspect and treat blisters or sores to decrease the risk of infection and consequent nerve damage.
  • Blood clots: Form in the legs and stop the return of blood from the legs back up to the heart and cause swelling in the ankles and feet. A blood clot can be superficial (occurring beneath the skin) or deep (known as deep vein thrombosis). Blood clots can be potentially life threatening, especially if you are experiencing swelling along with pain, fever and altered colour in the affected leg.

 

My Podiatrist offers a number of treatments to reduce the swelling in legs/ankles including:

  • Ultrasound therapy.
  • Diabetic management advice.
  • Custom compression garments.
  • Medical grade shoes.

 

Contact Us to make an appointment for an assessment and treatment.

Sports Injuries

Don't suffer any longer

Many sports & physical activity related injuries are caused by the overuse or repetitive strain to the feet or lower limb.  The development of these injuries are often related to the following:

  • Sudden change in sport or activity level
  • Sudden change in sport type or activity
  • Inappropriate footwear for the sport or activity
  • Poor muscle flexibility
  • Poor muscle strength
  • Foot & ankle Biomechanics

My Podiatrist can help you recover from a variety of injuries across all age groups including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin pain & shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Stress fractures of the feet
  • Neuroma's & forefoot pain
  • Knee, hip & lower back pain
  • Ballet & Dance assessments & injuries - we offer pointe assessments for young dancers aspiring to begin pointe work 

Our treatment

At My Podiatry our assessment, treatment & advice involves: 

  • Shockwave therapy.
  • Biomechanic assessment & treatment
  • Custom-made Orthotics
  • Ultrasound therapy.
  • Laser acupuncture
  • Professional strapping to relieve pain and symptoms.
  • Medical Grade Footwear and compression wear
  • Myotherapy - massage
  • Physiotherapy
Services Melbourne CBD, VIC

Contact Us to make an appointment for an assessment or treatment of any sport injury.

Children's foot care

Their Feet. Their Future.

At My Podiatry we specialise in the growth & development of children's feet & recognise the importance of catering to the individual needs and characteristics of this age group.  Children can begin walking anywhere between 8 & 18 months, so it is important to have them assessed if you suspect any problems.

We are experienced in assessing & treating any number of pathologies that can occur:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Ingrown toenail surgery
  • In toed gait - Pidgeon toes
  • Out toed gait or walk
  • Tibial varum - Bowed legs
  • Growing pains - Especially at the knee & heel
  • Club foot
  • Toe walking
Services Campbellfield

If you have concerns about your child's foot development, there are signs to look for:

  • Abnormal walking patterns
  • Abnormal shoe wear patterns, or wearing out shoes very quickly
  • Tripping or falling
  • If the child complains of pain or sore legs & feet
  • Delayed milestones - walking or jumping

Contact Us to book your child in for an assessment and gait scan analysis to treat and prevent any problems while they are still young.

Flat Feet

Flat feet is a condition of the foot that is characterised by the entirety of your sole touching the floor when you are standing. This common, and ordinarily painless condition is often the result of lack of arch development during childhood, injury to the tendons and ligaments that support and stabilise your arch or the wear and tear associated with age.

Accompanying flat feet is often significant pain or discomfort in your feet and ankles, and can contribute to the development of misalignment and other problems such as weakened posture and lower back pain.

  • To identify whether or not flat feet could be the cause of your problems, you can ask yourself some simple questions:
  • Do you feel discomfort / pain in your feet and inside of your ankles?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable walking or standing, especially for long periods of time?
  • Does your foot turn outward at your ankle?
  • Is your posture strained, especially in your hips and lower back?

 

Without treatment, the fallen arches causing your flat feet will not improve and will continue to cause you pain or discomfort.

 

At My Podiatrist, we offer a number of treatments for the relief of pain and correction of flat feet including:

  • Biomechanical and assessment and gaitscan analysis
  • Custom made orthotics
  • Supportive, medical grade footwear
  • Professional strapping
  • Shockwave Therapy

Seniors Foot Care

Keeping you on your feet to enjoy life

There are many ailments common to many seniors that can be effectively treated by a podiatrist, yet these conditions can often go without the proper treatment due to a lack of awareness about podiatric services.  For senior citizens the value of podiatry is much more than the removal of corns or calluses.

At My Podiatrist we offer a comprehensive range of services to cater to all the individual needs of our clients.

We offer after hours & Saturday morning appointments, as well as home or nursing home visits by appointment.

Senior citizens may be unable to look after their feet due to poor vision & limited flexibility

We treat the following conditions that may affect our senior patients:

  • Athlete's foot & fungal nails & skin
  • Nail reduction 
  • Corn removal
  • Callus abridement & advice to prevent the recurrence of the complaint
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenail treatment & surgery
  • Heel spurs
  • Cracked heels
  • Claw & hammer toes
  • Shin pain & splints
  • Neuroma's & forefoot pain
  • Knee, hip & lower back pain
  • Diabetic assessment & treatment - read more in our Blog & FAQs
  • Cold feet/ Chilblains
  • Activity injuries
  • Orthotics
  • Specialised footwear & socks

Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. A bunion forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore.

 

Wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or might make them worse. Bunions can also develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Smaller bunions (bunionettes) also can develop on the joint of your little toes.


 

The signs and symptoms of a bunion include:

  • A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
  • Swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint
  • Thickening of the skin at the base of your big toe
  • Corns or calluses — these often develop where the first and second toes overlap
  • Persistent or intermittent pain
  • Restricted movement of your big toe

 

These factors may increase your risk of bunions:

  • High heels. Wearing high heels forces your toes into the front of your shoes, often crowding your toes.
  • Ill-fitting shoes. People who wear shoes that are too tight, too narrow or too pointed are more susceptible to bunions.
  • Arthritis. Pain from arthritis may change the way you walk, making you more susceptible to bunions.
  • Heredity. The tendency to develop bunions may be present because of an inherited structural foot defect.

 

Possible complications include:

  • Bursitis - This painful condition occurs when the small fluid-filled pads (bursae) that cushion bones, tendons and muscles near your joints become inflamed.
  • Hammertoe - An abnormal bend that occurs in the middle joint of a toe, usually the toe next to your big toe, can cause pain and pressure.
  • Metatarsalgia - This condition causes pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot.

 

At My Podiatrist we offer a variety of preventative treatments to reduce inflammation and stop the bunions worsening.

 

Contact Us now for an appointment to treat your bunions!

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a common condition often seen in the big toenail, but can occur in all nails. They occur when the toenails grow inwards and dig into the flesh, which causes pain, redness and swelling of surrounding tissues. The main causes of an ingrown toenail are improper trimming of the toenail, an inherited or hereditary condition, poor gait, trauma and improper shoe fitting.

 

Symptoms and signs include:

  • Redness, pain, and swelling
  • Clear yellowish drainage
  • Pus drainage when infection present.

 

It is important to immediately treat painful, persistent ingrown toenails to prevent ingrown reoccurring. If left untreated an ingrown toenail can lead to infection.

 

Treatment at My Podiatrist involves:

  • Removing the offending nail spike and appropriately dressing the area
  • PACT therapy to heal infection
  • Nail Surgery for chronic re-occuring ingrown toenails

 

Contact Us to book your appointment now to treat your Ingrown Toenail.

Other treatments include:

  • Corns And Callous
  • Fungal Nails And Skin
  • Cold Feet And Chilblains
  • Plantar Warts

KeryFlex

What is KeryFlex?

KeryFlex is a painless, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails. This system allows for a certified foot care provider to remodel an individual’s damaged nails affected by fungus, defects or trauma. The composite resin creates a flexible, but durable, non-porous nail that allows the remaining natural nail to grow. The KeryFlex nail is an immediate cosmetic improvement providing a natural-looking nail. 

How long does it take to apply KeryFlex?

On average, a foot care provider can complete the application of KeryFlex Bonding Agent, KeryFlex Resin, and KeryFlex Sealant, with UV light curing time included, in 15-30 minutes depending on the how many nails needs to be reconstructed.

After KeryFlex is applied, how soon must an individual return for another application?

The interval between applications will vary according to the individual, but in general, the time between applications is 6 to 8 weeks. Rarely, a KeryFlex nail may detach from the natural nail. This can occur with repeated trauma to the KeryFlex nail. For example, with long-distance running, when individual has a small natural nail segment or the nail edge has extended beyond the tip of the toe.

Can restoration be done on a toe with NO natural nail?

KeryFlex does not bind to skin, therefore, the presence of at least 15% of the natural nail is recommended.

How is a KeryFlex nail removed?

A KeryFlex nail becomes permanently bound to the natural nail. To remove the nail, a foot care provider can file the artificial nail utilizing an electric drill until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.

Have there been any reported allergies to KeryFlex ingredients?

In rare cases, allergies (redness, irritation) have been reported. 

Who should not use KeryFlex?

KeryFlex is not for everyone. KeryFlex Nail Restoration should not be used on individuals with peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, peripheral neuropathy, suspicious pigmented lesions on the nail or in-grown toenails. It should be avoided in patients who are pregnant, nursing or known to be sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients. Ask your foot care provider if the KeryFlex Nail Restoration is right for you.

Are there any other precautions individuals should be aware of prior to a KeryFlex procedure?

It is recommended that patients refrain from using any products on the natural nail 2 days prior to a KeryFlex procedure. 

Is KeryFlex a cure for fungal nails?

No. KeryFlex is an aesthetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of toenails damaged by fungus and other nail disorders. 

How does a KeryFlex nail differ from an acrylic nail?

Acrylic nails are rigid and do not bend with the natural movement of the toes. As a result, acrylic nails applied to the toenails can cause damage the layer of tissue under the nail (nail bed). Acrylic nails are also applied using strong acids which irritate the nail bed and can further damage the existing nail.

KeryFlex is flexible, yet durable, and designed specifically for the toes. It’s free of harsh acids used in salon systems. Keryflex is non-porous and will not allow moisture to permeate and get between the natural and prosthetic nails. KeryFlex’s medical grade resin is impregnated with the hydroxypyridone antifungal ingredient Piroctone.
 

Can KeryFlex be trimmed by regular nail trimmers or do patients have to return to a foot care provider for professional trimming?

A KeryFlex nail should be filed with a nail file or emery board to maintain a normal length. It should NOT be cut or clipped. 

Can nail polish be applied over a new KeryFlex nail?

A KeryFlex nail is unaffected by acetone, nail polishes or detergents. Nail polish maybe applied immediately after the KeryFlex sealant is cured and the remaining dispersion film has been removed with alcohol.

Can KeryFlex be used in combination with topical antifungal treatments?

Yes. While KeryFlex is not a treatment for fungal nails, a topical antifungal may be applied around the cuticle area. A KeryFlex nail is non-porous and impermeable so application directly to the nail surface is not recommended. Application of any liquid products under the proximal tip should be avoided.

Can KeryFlex be used in combination with laser therapy?

Yes. A KeryFlex nail may be applied immediately AFTER laser therapy and in between treatments. It is NOT recommended to laser through a KeryFlex nail.

Will continued exposure to the sun wearing open toe shoes lighten or weaken a KeryFlex nail?

No. KeryFlex was formulated with ingredients to protect against potential sun damage and yellowing.

Are there any prohibitive footwear choices not recommended after applying KeryFlex?

Friction against shoes may cause a KeryFlex nail to chip, crack and reduce its overall integrity. Comfortable & properly fit shoes are recommended.

Can a KeryFlex nail lift or pop off?

If lifting of the KeryFlex nail is going occur, it will typically occur within the first 3 days after application. Lifting will occur and is to be expected when a very small nail natural segment is present. 

Trauma & Post-Operative Care

Designed for ideal support and comfort following trauma or post-operative procedure. The lightweight design and unique pre-shaped ergonomic frame help to modify the level of pressure on the injury at both the malleoli and lower leg. The soft nylon/foam liner has an integrated pump design making the pneumatic liner simple to inflate and adjust.

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