Posts Tagged ‘Podiatrist’

Beware of the Nail Salon

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

There are many reasons why you should visit a Podiatrist over going to a nail salon. While nail salons may make your feet look pretty and pampered, there are some health risks involved with foot soaking, skin scraping, nail trimming and cuticle clipping that just might leave you regretting your decision. 

So, why go to a Podiatrist instead…

Podiatrists are fully qualified health professionals with the knowledge and skills to treat a multitude of skin and nail conditions safely. All of our treatments are gold standard and evidence based. Podiatrists have the knowledge and experience in cutting toenails of all shapes, sizes and thicknesses and we cut your nails in a way that is suitable for your nail type, preventing issues such as ingrown toenails in the future. 

Not only do we trim nails, debride callus and treat ingrown toenails we also understand why it’s happening and we can put strategies in place to prevent these issues occurring again. These may include footwear advice, offloading techniques as well as ongoing general nail and skin care advice. 

Podiatrists are required to comply with strict infection control procedures. All instruments are cleaned and sterilised after the consultation which prevents the spread of fungal and bacterial infections of the skin and nails between patients. 

If after reading this you still decide to go to a nail salon, here are a few tips on what to look out for. 

  • Ensure the nail salon is using a pack of sterilised instruments for every person. 
  • Ensure regular sanitising and cleaning of the area after every person. 
  • Opt out of having a foot bath or make sure it’s lined with plastic and changed for each person as this is where cross contamination of fungal and bacteria infections can occur. 

If you would like your nail and skin care done please call our friendly team today on 40455749 to book your initial consultation with our trained podiatrists. 

Stubborn Warts FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics treatment

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Firstly, what is a wart?

Warts are a skin infection caused by the Human Papillomavirus. There are numerous different warts which all differ slightly in appearance. However they generally all possess tell-tale signs of being a cauliflower-like appearance and often with little black dots across the surface. FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics are highly trained in identifying and also treating warts with the most up to date treatments available. 

How can I get rid of a Wart?

Well this is the most common question we have received in relation to warts. Across our time as Cairns podiatrists we have learnt of numerous different home remedies, some which can make us laugh, including duct tape, banana skins or even lemon juice application. While some people find improvement, these unfortunately have no scientific backing. The good news is at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics there are multiple evidence bases treatments readily available.

Evidence- based treatments for fixing warts include using a salicylic acid paste, multi-puncture surgery and the most recent SWIFT Microwave wart treatment.

Of the related treatments they all have differing pro’s and con’s. The salicylic acid application is a repetitive treatment which can take up to 8 sessions to permanently remove the wart. Whilst the Multi-Puncture surgery has a longer healing time due to the invasiveness of the treatment. It can also be  mildly uncomfortable and does require a Local Anesthetic to be administered prior to the treatment.

SWIFT treatment is currently considered the gold standard of treatment. This is due to the short treatment regime and high success rate. Guidelines recommend 2-3 treatments four weeks apart. The SWIFT therapy success rate has been reported at 83%.

How does SWIFT work?

Like previously mentioned it creates a completely safe microwave energy which heats up the viral wart tissue. This then creates heat shock urging the body’s immune system to begin and fight the virus. For more information on SWIFT therapy follow the link provided. https://www.fnqpodiatry.com.au/cairns-podiatry-orthotics-services/wart-removal-cairns-swift-therapy/

If you have a persistent wart, we recommend booking in with one of our highly trained podiatrists to work out which treatment is best for you! To book an appointment call 4045 5749 or book online today. https://fnq-podiatry-orthotics.cliniko.com/bookings#location

Trigger ball – An alternative to regular massage

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Using a massage ball to release your plantar fascia 

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we see here at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics Cairns. Anybody who has experienced this condition knows just how painful, debilitating and slow to recover it can be. While there are numerous treatment options available, myofascial release through the plantar foot is a highly effective adjunctive therapy which we encourage all our patients to participate in. 

Trigger points or ‘knots’ are a significant cause of pain within our bodies and the use of self massage techniques can be not only extremely beneficial but also down right satisfying. There are many weird and wonderful myofascial release tools, however for the plantar fascia specifically, we recommend the use of a trigger ball. Trigger balls come in a variety of styles, densities and sizes and there are no hard and fast rules as to which you should use under your feet. In saying this, we do recommend that if you can tolerate the pressure, a ball with spikes is highly beneficial in promoting blood flow to the region and releasing triggers. 

There are a few key points to take into consideration when releasing your plantar foot.

  • Start in a seated position rather then standing – this will allow you to control the pressure to your tolerance 
  • Massage along the whole sole of your foot. The plantar fascia does extend from your heel to your forefoot. 
  • When you feel a trigger point, spend some time focused on that one spot. It may not happen immediately but over time you will notice a release at this point. 
  • Rolling over the most tender area in your heel is beneficial to promote blood flow, however as this is the area of injury, be careful as to how much pressure you apply. Stay well within your tolerance level. 

If you are suffering from lower limb or foot pain give our friendly team a call today on 4045 5749 to book your initial FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics consultation.

 

Help control your Raynaud’s this Winter – FNQ Podiatry tips

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a problem that results in decreased blood flow to the fingers. In some cases, it also causes less blood flow to the ears, toes, knees, or nose. This happens due to spasms of blood vessels in those areas. The spasms happen in response to cold, stress, or emotional upset.

Tips to help manage your Raynaud’s:

1.Keep Warm 

  • Control your body temperature whenever possible. Turn air conditioning down. Keep a lightweight jacket or blanket handy to cover up when you can’t avoid the cooler air.
  • When outdoors, keep your body from getting too cold by wearing a coat, hat and warm clothing.
  • Topical creams can also help protect against the loss of your body’s own natural warmth.

2. Avoiding Raynaud’s Syndrome Triggers

  • Since normal circulation is an issue, try to avoid wearing tight-fitting jewellery
  • Reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol and quit smoking

3. Living with Raynaud’s

  • Exercise increases blood flow and helps keep you warm. Making regular activity a part of your life is helpful.
  • Stress can also play a role in triggering symptoms. Learn ways to handle your stress– yoga, meditation, running, are all possibilities. Experiment to learn what works best for you.

If you are suffering from lower limb or foot pain give our friendly team a call today on 4045 5749 to book your initial FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics consultation.

Cold vs heat therapy – Cairns Podiatry Do’s and Don’ts

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Both heat and cold therapy are common methods for the FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics treatment of painful or achy legs and feet; however knowing when and why to use each could significantly improve your outcome as they do both serve different purposes. 

As a general rule, cold therapy should be used as your first option in acute style injuries, for example an ankle sprain. The reason behind this is that ice constricts blood flow to an injured area which in turn reduces swelling aiding in maintaining normal mobility and joint motion, it limits sub-dermal bleeding and controls pain by numbing nerve fibres. Typically, an injury is classified as acute if it has been 0-4 days since the trauma occurred. Some more common methods of cold therapy include;

  • Ice bath/ foot bath 
  • Frozen bottle 
  • Cryotherapy 

On the other hand, heat therapy is best reserved for chronic injuries which are characterised by soreness, tension and a dull or achy pain. Naturally, heat produces the opposite effect to cold and therefore promotes blood flow by expanding blood vessels. This is an extremely important feature of heat therapy because with increased blood flow, comes an increase in the body’s natural healing mechanism. Along with circulation, heat therapy relaxes muscle fibres and increases mobility. Options for heat therapy include; 

  • Heat packs 
  • Warm compress 
  • Warm foot bath 
  • Hot shower 

To ensure your safety and to protect your skin, both heat and cold modalities should not be applied directly to the skin. The use of a protection barrier, e.g tea towel is recommended. If you are suffering from lower limb or foot pain give our friendly team a call today on 4045 5749 to book your initial FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics consultation.

FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics tips on washing orthotics

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

In the tropics our feet are prone to sweat which may cause foot odour due to the humidity. Coming up into the Cairns wet season our shoes and orthotics are more susceptible to getting wet, which can increase risk of fungal infections to the skin and nails. It is important to maintain good hygiene to keep your orthotics clean. Here a few tips on how to keep them clean:

FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics tips on how to clean:

  • Orthotics should be cleaned with a damp cloth or an antibacterial wipe.
  • If they are odorous then Bi-carb soda can be applied sparingly.
  • If your orthotics become wet, dry in a shaded area or under a fan.

What NOT to do:

  • Washing your orthotics in the washing machine – this can cause the orthotics to shrink significantly in size.
  • Dry orthotics in direct sunlight.

To get the longest life span out of your FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics inserts, avoid getting your orthotics wet as much as possible, otherwise follow the above instructions. 

If your orthotics have started to lose support or require updating give our friendly team a call today to book an initial appointment on 4045 5749, or book online at https://fnq-podiatry-orthotics.cliniko.com/bookings#location

FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics Do’s and DON’Ts of Foam rolling

Monday, March 14th, 2022

Foam rollers are a self massage tool designed to assist with myofascial release across all regions of the body. Foam rolling is a great alternative to getting a sports massage as they use your own body weight to exert pressure over specific muscle groups providing deep tissue release assisting in ironing out knotted connective tissue.

There are many positive benefits of a regular rolling regime, however that effect could be made negative if performed incorrectly. Below are a few FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics tips to maximize your results and minimize your risk of injury. 

  • Start slow and gentle. Increase the intensity and duration over time
  • Never roll over bony prominences, this may potentially cause some bone inflammation.
  • Avoid rolling over joints – rolling joints can cause inflammation of the tendons and ligaments around the articulation. 
  • Avoid putting any joints into a hyperextended position when rolling. 
  • Avoid rolling areas that are still sore from a previous SMR session – wait a day before repeating

If you are suffering an injury, give our friendly team a call on 4045 5749 to book your initial consultation with FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics today.

 

Dry needling – How FNQ Podiatry can reduce your lower limb pain

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

So you’ve had your initial biomechanical assessment with your treating FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics podiatrist and they have recommended dry needling to assist with your treatment. Straight up the word ‘needling’ is not kind and mildly intimidating. This generally sparks multiple questions around what it is, how it works and most frequently, will it hurt? If these are some questions you might like answered, read on. 

Dry needling is a minimally invasive treatment technique where a fine needle (the same as would be used in acupuncture) is inserted to the skin and muscle, aimed at a myofasical trigger point. Trigger points are hyperirritable nodules within skeletal muscle which often disrupt normal function, restrict joint range of motion, refer pain and/or cause local tenderness. 

You’re probably asking “how is sticking needles in my leg going to improve my foot pain”. To most people’s surprise, most foot issues are directly related to particular muscles within the lower leg. Every muscle in your leg crosses your ankle joint to insert into one of the many bones in your feet. Therefore, if the muscle has trigger points within the belly up in the leg, this will heavily impact foot function, resulting in pain either at the insertion point or along the tendon. 

At FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics we commonly use dry needling as a form of therapy within your treatment plan. It is rarely used as a standalone treatment, rather part of a wider plan which will incorporate each of the risk factors identified throughout your initial biomechanical assessment. 

To book your initial consultation today and get the ball rolling on your foot pain, call our friendly team on 4045 5749 or alternatively book online at https://fnq-podiatry-orthotics.cliniko.com/bookings#location. 

Dry or cracked heels? FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics can help!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

If you suffer from dry or cracked heels, you will be well aware of how uncomfortable this can be. Dry skin may need a little extra care, especially in harsh climates like the Far North, but walking into the chemist and being faced with 20 different products can be a little confusing. There are a number of reasons why your skin may crack, including:

  • Lack of Moisture – The most common cause of cracked heels. The skin underneath your feet is often dry, rough and chapped. This is because the skin around your heels has a small number of sweat glands. Fat normally supports the skin to become soft, and prevents it from becoming dry. If your skin is particularly dry then cracked skin appears more easily due to less elasticity.
  • Deficiencies – Lack of vitamins and minerals (such as zinc) can affect your heel health.
  • Pressure – Spending a long time standing at work or home.
  • Aging skin
  • Exposing Footwear – Open-back sandals or shoes can allow fat under the heel to expand sideways and increases the possibility of cracks on your heels. 
  • Hygiene – Unhygienic conditions can be a further cause.
  • Water – Water can take away natural oils from the skin and can leave the skin rough and/or dry. Standing for prolonged periods in damp areas, such as a bathroom, can cause dry and cracked heels.

When it comes to choosing a cream, we recommend any cream with urea as the main ingredient. Urea works both as an emollient and a mild debriding agent which works by helping to break down the built up dead skin. There are different strengths available and this will depend on the severity of the cracks however generally we would advise 10%. The higher the percentage of urea the slipperier and thicker the cream will be. At FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics we use and sell the product urederm; urederm is a 10% potency cream which is also endorsed by the Australian Diabetes Association.

In conjunction with regular cream application, having your feet debrided to remove the majority of dead skin will significantly improve the absorption into your feet, while also improving the discomfort associated with cracked or calloused heels. Call our friendly team today on 40455749 to book your initial consultation for general foot care by one of our trained podiatrists. 

Archies vs Havaianas from your FNQ Podiatrists view

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Coming into the warmer months and the wet season thongs are the choice of footwear of many North Queenslanders. Havaianas have long been the favourite style of thong in FNQ but are they still the best option. So what is the difference between Archies and good old flat Havaianas?

The biggest difference would have to be the shape with the Archies having up to 2.2cm of arch shape which is comparable to a prefabricated orthotic. This arch supports goes along with aapproxiametly 10 mm of heel pitch which is very close to that in leading running shoe brands.

This combination of arch shape and heel pitch help to support your foot and allow normal ankle function. The heel pitch is also great for achilles tendon or plantar fascial injuries to reduce the stress through those structures, your podiatrist can even increase the pitch if need be.
Around the heel is a mild heel cup which serves to guide your heel into the correct position. This is great for reducing heel callus and preventing the formation of fissures or heel splits.

The one piece design means that the straps are moulded into the thong. Meaning that there is no need to collect bread clips anymore as the thong wont “blow out”. The shape and the straps also leads to a reduction in clawing of toes to keep the thong on the foot which can reduce lesser toe issues down the track. Reducing issues with bunions was well.

If you’re not sure if Archies would be appropriate for you, speak with your FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics podiatrist about the benefits of Archies today. To book an appointment call 40455749 today.