Podiatrist, in Johannesburg, Gauteng    Foot conditions
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Treatments

Services

General foot care

Maintenance and removal of skin lesions on the foot including plantar’s warts, corns, calluses.

Treatment of ingrown toe nails either conservatively or surgical removal.


Laser Treatments
Nail fungus is treated using laser. It is a safe and effective procedure. It is not painful and is an easy procedure to perform. It is also not harmful to the nail or surrounding skin.

Elderly patients

t's normal for people to experience some foot problems as they age. But experts say that problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may first be manifested in the feet.

That is why it is important to pay attention to your feet and seek medical attention as soon as you notice a problem.


Diabetes

Most of the problems diabetic patients have with their feet are as the result of either nerve damage (neuropathy), infection or poor circulation and bone or joint deformity. Deformities of the foot and trauma to the foot also play a part in causing sores and infections. Patients with diabetes may require specialised footwear to help accommodate the diabetic foot and prevent future ulceration formation. Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation. With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can lead to a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When a wound is not healing, it is at risk for infection and infections spread quickly in diabetics.

When a diabetic foot becomes numb, it may be at risk for deformity. One way this happens is through ulcers. Small, unattended cuts become open sores, which may then become infected. Another way is the bone condition Charcot Foot. This is one of the most serious foot problems diabetics’ face. It warps the shape of the foot when bones fracture and disintegrate, and yet, because of numbness there is no pain, and the individual continues to walk on the foot. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts, and nail discoloration. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror.

Contact our office immediately if you experience any injury to your foot. Even a minor injury is an emergency for a patient with diabetes. Diabetics should also see a podiatrist regularly for foot reassessments.


Pregnancy

Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support, to prevent foot "breakdown."

The expectant mother often experiences more than ordinary swelling of her feet and ankles, which can aggravate existing foot conditions and promote inflammation or irritation. Pregnancy also triggers the release of hormones that enhance loose ligaments, which can contribute to foot strain. To help overcome these problems, allow time each day to stay off your feet. Elevate the feet and legs when you are sitting to help prevent and reduce swelling. Don't sit for long periods of time. If problems do develop, please contact our office.


biomechanical assessments


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