Podiatry

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Permanent ingrown toenail treatment

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Permanent ingrown toenail treatment

During my time as a podiatrist, I have come across many different types of ingrown toenails. From babies at just 6 months old to 91 years young. Ingrown toenails can occur at any age for many different reasons. Either way, they are all manageable one way or another.

Nails grow from the back forwards. Not from the end. This means the shape of the nail bed at the back will most likely dictate the shape of the nail as it grows.

Three of the most common causes of ingrown toenails are hereditary factors and or damage/trauma and fungal infections whether it be chronic or acute.

Hereditary

People with ingrown toenails in their families are usually at higher risk of experiencing them at some point in their life. That’s not to say they will get them. If they do get them it’s usually around their teen years. The shape of the nail bed where the nail grows from can be passed down to the next generation. If you have suffered from ingrown toenails it’s important to keep a check on your kid’s toes to make sure it’s not happening to them.

Damage

Damage to the nail can change the shape of the nail bed. When this occurs the nail will change its growth path and possibly cause it to ingrow. You may also end up splitting the nail causing a piece of nail to lodged into the skin. in this case, the chance is it will not occur again once the lodged piece of nail is removed.

Fungal nails

The fungal nail can cause a lot of damage to the nail itself. In minor cases may just cause the nail to lift a little, but, in severe cases, it can cause complete disfigurement of the nail. This disfigurement can cause nails to change their growth path, put pressure on skin and areas not wanted, and as a result of Pearce the skin. It can also again cause changes to the shape of the nail bed causing the nail to grow down an unwanted path.

Permanent ingrown toenail treatment

Luckily there are permanent treatments that can be done. Conservative management should always be the first treatment, gently clear out the side of the nail, and make sure the edges are nice and smooth. Then keep a check on it to see if the ingrown nail reoccurs.

If this conservative management fails, removal of the part of the nail that is ingrowing may be required. This quick procedure is done under a local anesthetic. A small piece of nail is then removed all the way back to the nail bed. A solution is then applied to the nail bed where the nail was removed to make sure the nail doe not ingrow down that same path. The procedure takes around 5 mins after the anesthetic has kicked in. The podiatrist will make sure your toe is completely numb before starting anything to make the procedure as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Both of these procedures are done via your local podiatrist who has had specific specialist training in this area.

If you have an ingrown toenail and want to get it checked over, then contact us today to book in with our experienced podiatrist. 

 

What causes cracked heels? 

What causes cracked heels? 

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What causes cracked heels? 

 

What causes cracked heels?  Dry feet and cracked heels are a nightmare in the summer. It ruins your looks, becomes uncomfortable, can cause open wounds which can be painful, and get infected.

So what causes cracked heels

Pressure – hard skin is caused by pressure. This is why it only occurs on areas of your feet that contact the floor. The thicker this layer of hard skin gets, the more likely it is to crack.

Genetics – Genetics can play a big role in how much and how quickly the hard skin can form.

Age – The older you get the dryer your skin can get. With dry skin comes cracks.

Circulation – Circulation plays a big influence on how dry your skin can get and how quickly it can heal. The worse your circulation with more cracks you will get.

Medication – Some medications can affect circulation, immune system, how dry your skin gets, how thin your skin is, and more. Some medications therefore will have an impact on the amount your heels will crack.

Footwear – Having dry feet will cause the skin to crack. open shoes will cause your skin to dry out more, and therefore increase the chance of cracks. Sticking in enclosed shoes will help prevent them from drying out and therefore stop as many cracks.

Medical history – Different medical conditions cause reduced circulation or dry skin. Such as hypothyroid, high blood pressure, and more.

Treatments 

Wear enclosed shoes when you can – We all know that this won’t happen all of the time. But the more you can wear enclosed shoes and socks the less your feet will dry out, it helps redistribute pressure and therefore reduced hard skin and cracks.

Have orthotics – The more you can redistribute pressure from areas of high pressure, the less callous and hard skin will form. Orthotics do this by making contact with the whole of your foot.

Apply moisturizer – This has to be a foot moisturizer, and should contain at least 30% urea, and have oil in it. The urea help stop the skin from forming callous as quickly and puts moisture back into the skin. The oil forms a barrier to help prevent moisture loss.

Exercise – Keeping your circulation going, which helps keep your skin healthy and reduces the risk of infection.

Podiatry treatment – Have the callous and hard skin removed before it splits.

 

Book in today and have silky smooth skin for the summer. 

How to pick your running shoes

How to pick your running shoes

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How to pick your running shoes

With so many running shoes about its hard to know how to pick the. Heres a few tips on how to get the fitted.

  1. pick for comfort – This may seem obvious, but a lot of people get the definition of comfort wrong. Many clients come in claiming that their shoes are comfortable, but their feet hurt when wearing then. When picking a pair of shoes dont just go for the lightest, most cushioned shoes. Go on the amount of pain you get anywhere from your hips and lower back down to your toes.
  2. sizing – most people especially women are used to having small shoes and slip-ons. When having slip-ons you need to go a little smaller so you dont slip out of them. When fitting up runners you need to have at least a fingers width between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoes. WHEN SHOES ARE ON, LACED UP AND YOU ARE STOOD UP.
  3. Pick based on your injury and flexibility – If you have calf /achilles pain, heel pain or reduced ankle motion, ideally you want a shoes with at least a 10mm + heel pitch.
  4. Different shoes for different foot types – when picking a runner, if you have high arched foot, chances are you want a neutral shoes., If your foot rolled in a little then a guidance shoes, if it rolled in a lot them a motion control shoe is needed. Your podiatrist can help you with this.
  5. Buy multiple pairs – Ideally if you are wearing runners every day, buy 2 pairs, and alternate your shoes. Eva foam takes around 24-48 hours to recover. This means it needs time to fully expand for the best cushioning and support.
  6. Change them regularly – For a highly cushioned shoe they last around 600-800km. a lighter weight shoe will taste 400-600km, and a racing shoe 300-400km.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown Toenail Treatment Gold Coast

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Ingrown Toenail Treatment Gold Coast

Ingrown Toenail Treatment Gold Coast will be discussed in this blog. An ingrown toenail can be incredibly painful. They are usually not self healing and will get worse without treatment. Fortunately a Podiatrist can help you with this painful and often debilitating problem and offer Ingrown toenail treatment that gives a permanent fix.

What is an Ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are a common condition and occur when the toenail penetrates the skin at one or both sides of the toe where skin meets the nail, referred to as the nail fold. Once the skin is breached the toe can become red swollen and painful to touch. Frequently it can become infected with bleeding, discharge and an unpleasant odour.

What causes an Ingrown toenail?

Some of the causes of Ingrown Toe nails include:
  • Genetic – some people are genetically predisposed to developing ingrown nails.
  • Poor Nail cutting technique – Nails should be cut straight across or to follow the shape of the end of the toe, cutting too far down the side of the toe can cause nail to grow in
  • Footwear – shoes that are too tight or narrow will cause excess pressure on the sides of the toenail, resulting in ingrown nails
  • Trauma – direct trauma like kicking or dropping something on the toe
  • Excess sweating – teenagers are prone to ingrown nails due to increased sweating and playing sport. Excess sweet will cause the nail and skin to become softer making skin easier to penetrate and nail to change shape

How can I fix it?

Ingrown Toenail Treatment Gold Coast is usually straightforward and painless when preformed by a Podiatrist. The Ingrown toenail treatment starts with simply removing the offending piece of nail not leaving any spicules of it behind. It usually provides instant relief. Once removed the skin can heal and return to normal.If the nail persists in growing in, a permanent solution is available in the way of a Partial Nail Avulsion which involves surgically removing the ingrowing section of nail under local anaesthetic. Once removed a chemical called phenol is applied to the nail bed so the problematic piece doesn’t regrow. This procedure is painless and has a success rate of over 95%. Ingrown Toenail Treatment need not be complicated or painful. We offer 100% Gaurantee and if it regrows will redo it for Free!
If you are struggling with this problem don’t hesitate to call us and book an appointment on 07 5572 6222.
Achilles Tendon Pain - Gold coast

Achilles Tendon Pain – Gold coast

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Achilles Tendon Pain – Gold Coast

In Our Achilles Tendon Pain – Gold coast post we hope to give you an inside into the cause of the pain.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon attaches to the back of your heel beginning in the calf. The gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris muscles come together with their tendons to make up the Achilles Tendon. This tendon is not only the biggest tendon in our bodies, it is also the strongest. These muscles are the primary movers for going up on toes, jumping and pushing off when walking or running. Throughout these movements the Achilles Tendon can withstand forces around 10x our body weight. Therefore these muscles and tendons are usually affected with increased activity levels with running or sport, but can also be affected from our daily activities.

 

Why does my Achilles Tendon hurt?

As mentioned above the Achilles Tendon is highly responsible for our ability to move throughout our day and within sport. Because of the high demands and repetitive nature of our activities the Achilles Tendon is susceptible to injury. The most common injury found when dealing with the Achilles Tendon is tendinopathy (or overuse injury of the tendon) which occurs in about 55% of all Achilles type pain. This can occur from increased training load, or a rapid increase in activity levels. Another injury commonly found in athletes is tears or ruptures of the Achilles Tendon due to the explosive movements and the repetitive nature of training within sport.

 

How can I return to my normal activities pain free?

In order to return to full activities a proper diagnosis is important to identify the proper rehab plan. Physiotherapists and podiatrist are able to identify, and help design an individualised rehab program that will help you return to your desired activities. The rehab program would implement symptom modification while beginning a gradual loading program, and moving to more sport specific or activity specific movements to help prevent future injuries, while decreasing current symptoms.

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Sports Injury

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Sports Injury

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Sports Injury

Here top 5 tips to prevent sports injury will be discussed in this blog. We all know that exercise is good for our physical and mental well-being. However, sometimes we can push ourselves too hard and get injured. This can be frustrating and can sometimes prevent us from reaching our goals, whether that be completing our first triathlon or losing a few kgs. Here are 5 evidence based tips to prevent injury:

Manage your Training Load: 

The first of the top 5 tips to prevent injury is around training load. Training load refers to how hard and how quickly our tissues are challenged. Managing this load is one of the best strategies to prevent injury. Train regularly and moderately, with only mild to moderate increases in load. Avoid spikes and lulls in you training and when they do occur be more cautious for a while.

Engage in Strength Training: 

Engaging in strength training will make our tissues (muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, joints and cartilage) more robust and resilient to injury. A Physiotherapist can design a strength regime specific to your sport.

Update your Sports Shoes: 

It is vital that you wear the correct shoe for your chosen sport. Each sport has its own specific demands and it’s important that you choose a shoe with the appropriate design features to meet those demands. A podiatrist can help you find the appropriate shoe for your needs.

Mind your Diet: 

Aim to eat a well balanced whole food diet with lots of vegetables, fruit and lean proteins. Nutrition is so important for growth and repair of our tissues. A dietitian can help design a diet to meet your daily energy requirements.

Prioritise your Sleep: 

The last of the top 5 tips to prevent injury is Sleep. Sleep deprivation is a common issue and a major factor in chronic pain, impaired athletic performance and injury rates. Getting more sleep boosts performance and enhances recovery. Aim for at least 8 hours a night.

If you are struggling with an injury or just want to optimise your performance, don’t hesitate to call us on 07 5572 6222 or book an appointment online.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown Toenail Treatment 500 285 Ace Health Centre

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown toenail treatment will be discussed in this blog. An ingrown toenail can be incredibly painful. They are usually not self healing and will get worse without treatment. Fortunately a Podiatrist can help you with this painful and often debilitating problem and offer Ingrown toenail treatment ht gives a permanent fix.

What is an Ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are a common condition and occur when the toenail penetrates the skin at one or both sides of the toe where skin meets the nail, referred to as the nail fold. Once the skin is breached the toe can become red swollen and painful to touch. Frequently it can become infected with bleeding, discharge and an unpleasant odour.

What causes an Ingrown toenail?

Some of the causes of Ingrown Toe nails include:
  • Genetic – some people are genetically predisposed to developing ingrown nails.
  • Poor Nail cutting technique – Nails should be cut straight across or to follow the shape of the end of the toe, cutting too far down the side of the toe can cause nail to grow in
  • Footwear – shoes that are too tight or narrow will cause excess pressure on the sides of the toenail, resulting in ingrown nails
  • Trauma – direct trauma like kicking or dropping something on the toe
  • Excess sweating – teenagers are prone to ingrown nails due to increased sweating and playing sport. Excess sweet will cause the nail and skin to become softer making skin easier to penetrate and nail to change shape

How can I fix it?

 Ingrown toenail treatment is usually straightforward and painless when preformed by a Podiatrist. The Ingrown toenail treatment starts with simply removing the offending piece of nail not leaving any spicules of it behind. It usually provides instant relief. Once removed the skin can heal and return to normal.If the nail persists in growing in, a permanent solution is available in the way of a Partial Nail Avulsion which involves surgically removing the ingrowing section of nail under local anaesthetic. Once removed a chemical called phenol is applied to the nail bed so the problematic piece doesn’t regrow. This procedure is painless and has a success rate of over 90%. Ingrown Toenail Treatment need not be complicated or painful.
Broadbeach podiatrist and orthotics

Broadbeach podiatrist and orthotics

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Broadbeach podiatrist and orthotics

Ace Podiatry and orthotics has been around for 5 years now. It originally started in surfers paradise we then started providing podiatry and orthotics to the area of Broadbeach. Renting out of Pacific fair seems like a decade ago now. Coming up to 4 years Since we left Boardbeach to have our own fully fitted out clinic 2km down the road in Clear Island waters. Broadbeach podiatrist and orthotics

Broadbeach podiatry services

Although we are not directly in Broadbeach we are still very close. Being 2km down the road from Pac Fair we still see many of the same clients we used to see in our old clinic. Our new clinic In Clear Island Waters has a new fit out with the latest gym equipment, physiotherapy, and technology. This means we are able to give our clients far better service and much better experience.

Broadbeach custom orthotics

People will travel to get a good podiatrist who can supply them with the orthotics they want and the orthotics they need. At ace we have people travel from Brisbane to see us and get their orthotics updated. This makes it lucky that we are only 2km away from where we were in Broadbeach. Its also because we have the latest 3D printed custom orthotics available today.

Book in today for Broadbeach best podiatrist and orthotics. 

Heel Pain in Children

Heel Pain in Children

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Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain in children is surprisingly common, presenting regularly in the Podiatry or Physiotherapy setting. It’s a type of pain which can be quite debilitating, impacting on a child’s ability to participate in and enjoy their chosen sport and perform to their full potential.

What causes heel pain in children?

Severs disease is the most common cause of heel pain in children. It is due to overuse and pulling of the achilles tendon on the back of the heel, and the plantar fascia on the bottom of the heel. The pulling force causes pain and inflammation at the growth plate within the heel bone. It is often aggravated by tight calf muscles and feet that roll in too far (flat feet). Its normally seen in active kids between the ages of 8 and 15 during the rapid growth years.

What are the common symptoms?

The signs and symptoms that point to severs may include:
  • Pain with physical activity, particularly activities that require running and jumping
  • Limping, often in the morning or during and after sport
  • Tendency to tip toe
  • Worsening of symptoms after exercise

How is Severs disease diagnosed?

A Podiatrist or Physiotherapist can diagnose Severs disease by asking the young person about their symptoms and performing a physical examination. In some scenarios medical imaging may be required to rule out other causes of heel pain, however x rays are generally not necessary to diagnose Severs.

What is the best treatment for heel pain in children?

Heel pain in children responds very well to treatment. Treatment may include:
  • Foot orthotics to address any biomechanical factors contributing to the pain
  • Activity modification – decrease or modify load in the short term
  • Education on how to self manage symptoms and flare ups
  • Heel raise – helpful to reduce pull on the heel bone
  • Footwear education – having the appropriate shoe that meets demands of the sport and clips needs

Conclusion

Heel pain in children should not become a long term chronic issue. Early and appropriate intervention will lead to the best outcome. If you child is experiencing heel pain, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist with an interest in sports injuries. This will ensure a quicker recovery allowing your kid get back doing the things they love.
Top tips to get your feet ready for running

Top tips to get your feet ready for running

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Top tips to get your feet ready for running

The top tips to get your feet ready for running will be discussed in this blog. The new year brings fresh motivation and new goals. You may want to challenge yourself to run your first ever 5k or even complete a marathon. Quality foot care is paramount, the feet are what will carry us over that finish line after all.

Top running tips

  1. Shoes – The first of the top tips to get your feet ready for running is choosing the correct shoe. It is a great idea to buy shoes at the end of the day as your feet will have swollen a bit. Choose a shoe with a toe box that will accommodate the shape of your feet, wide enough to avoid friction to the toes and forefoot, long enough to avoid the toes hitting the front of the shoe when running downhill (1 size bigger usually recommended). Lace-up is also preferred as it can be adapted, tightened, or loosened as required.
  2. Socks – Socks are often overlooked but also very important. Socks offer protection to the feet, can limit excessive sweating which causes maceration and blistering. Avoid socks that cause friction from poorly placed stitching, again this can cause hot spots or blisters. Toe socks can be a good option as they will not restrict toes and reduce friction between the toes.
  3. Skin Care – The third of the top tips to get your feet ready for running is skincare. Moisturising the skin stops it from drying up and helps maintain natural moisture levels. Apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp, so it traps surface moisture into your skin.
  4. See a Podiatrist – Last but not least, see a Podiatrist. A podiatrist can assess your foot function and structure and make suitable recommendations on footwear, socks, and shoe modifications. They can also provide expert skin and nail care, keeping your feet healthy, comfortable, and pain-free.
And that’s it, now it’s time to go for a run! Contact us for more info.