FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics

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Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis) is the most common condition that presents to our clinic. It is a painful inflammation and or degeneration of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. The plantar fascia has an important role in helping support the foot during your day to day activities and takes a significant amount of load over the course of a lifetime.

Plantar fasciitis is often referred to as ‘Heel spur syndrome’. Contrary to previous beliefs, heel spurs are generally not the source of the pain. In fact, a large percentage of people over the age of 40 have heel spurs without even knowing it. The discomfort is generally caused from the plantar fascia pulling against the heel bone and irritating the surrounding structures.

Whilst Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition, it should be treated aggressively as early as possible. What often starts off as some mild discomfort when walking first thing in the morning, without appropriate early intervention, can quickly snow ball into a chronic and extremely painful condition that can take 12-18 months to settle down.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

 

  • Heel pain when walking after rest or first thing in the morning, generally at the front section of the heel where it joins the arch.
  • A pulling pain that occurs through the arch with walking.
  • Heel pain when standing for prolonged periods of time, particularly in poorly supported footwear. It often feels like a stone bruise.
  • Chronic cases often including a burning/tingling pain around the heel, particularly while resting the foot at night or while in bed

Why did I get Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by many risk factors & is most commonly seen in the active middle aged population (women > men). The most common risk factors we see include:

  • Over-pronation (collapsed arches). This leads to increased pulling through the plantar fascia and irritates the attachment to the heel bone.
  • Tight calf muscles and achilles tendon
  • Poor footwear
  • Sudden increase or change in activity e.g. going from being sedentary to running regularly without building into it.
  • Poor biomechanics e.g. poor running style
  • Previous foot or ankle injury
  • High arched feet
  • Occupational demands requiring you to stand on your feet for long periods of time
  • Weight gain

Our Fungal Toe Nails – Cairns Treatments

Fungal Toe Nails: Before & After

Given the poor clinical results with topical treatment, and the large number of side effects of oral medication, we spent several months researching the latest technologies on the market, attending multiple conferences and seminars to find the most effective and least invasive fungal toe nails Cairns treatments. Our research led us to the Lunula Laser.

The Lunula Laser is a revolutionary class 2 low level laser, which uses two laser beams of varying wave lengths. The violet 405nm beam is anti-microbial and kills off the active fungal spores. What really sets the Lunula laser apart is the red 635nm beam. This laser beam acts to stimulate the body’s immune response by creating a localized inflammatory reaction. This increases blood flow to the area to promote nail bed regeneration and speeds up the treatment.

Why choose the Lunula Laser over other lasers?

  • 100% pain free. Hot lasers can be extremely uncomfortable due to burning of the nail bed
  • Current gold standard in fungal nail treatment with a 75-90% success rate
  • Treatment only takes 12mins per foot
  • No contraindications – can use on diabetics, high risk patients etc (hot laser you can’t)
  • Results with as little as 4 treatments

What does fungal toe nails Cairns treatment and assessment involve at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics?

Lunula Laser Treatment

Initial fungal toe nail screenings are 30-minute consultations that consist of a thorough history, detailed assessment of your feet (including blood flow and neurological tests), fungal nail assessment and debridement of the affected nail/s. During this consultation, a fungal toe nails Cairns treatment plan is discussed, with all options outlined in detail. The cost of the initial consultation is $75, with on the spot private health fund rebates available should you have the relevant level of cover.

The number of Lunula Laser sessions required to provide effective fungal toe nails Cairns treatment varies from individual to individual and is dependant on how many nails are involved, what percentage of the nail is infected and the general health of the individual. A minimum of 4 sessions will be required, however can be up to 8 if the fungal infection is severe and long standing.

We’ve researched the technology and purchased the equipment to provide the most effective and least invasive fungal toe nails Cairns treatment. For more information or to arrange a fungal nail screening, appointments are available on 40 455 749.