At The Footcare and Orthotic Centre, we provide assessment and treatment for all ages, from young toddlers to the elderly. To help you with your foot and ankle needs, we provide foot care treatments for a variety of conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Ingrown, thick or fungal toenails chiropodist
- Calluses, corns and warts
- Hammer toes, claw toes
- Diabetic footcare/ diabetic education
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Sports injuries
Our assessments and treatments include:
We offer orthopaedic appliances such as:
- Custom Foot Orthotics (corrective as well as supportive)
- Ankle Foot Orthotics
- Custom made footwear
- Orthopaedic footwear
- Compression hosiery
- Night splints
Assessments and Treatments
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
LLLT improves tissue repair, reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take about 10 minutes and should be applied two to three times a week. Depending on the condition being treated, 6 to 8 treatments may be needed. LLLT has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, foot and ankle pain.
What is LLLT?
Low Level Laser Therapyis the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. First developed in 1967, it is now commonly referred to as LLLT.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; alleviate inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
The red and near infrared light (600nm-1000nm) commonly used in LLLT can be produced by laser or high intensity LEDs. The intensity of LLLT lasers and LED's is not high like a surgical laser. There is no heating effect.
The effects of LLLT are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses, however when analgesia is required, there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied.
LLLT devices are typically delivering 10mW - 500mW (0.01->o.o1 Watts). The power density typically ranges from 0.005W/Cm2 - >5 W/Cm2.
LLLT is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers.
Manual therapy is an osteopathic treatment used to restore foot function. This treatment is performed through joint mobilizations to determine the area requiring attention, followed by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust (manipulation).
Why manual therapy?
When there is displacement of the bones of the foot, the body tries to compensate for the mechanical impairment. Signs of mechanical impairment include joint tension, muscle strain, limited movement, and pain. The object of manual therapy treatments is to restore foot function and relieve symptoms through manual adjustment of the bones and muscles of the foot, without the need for surgery.
If the problem has become chronic, as in a professional athlete, joint infiltration and adhesions may also be broken up through manipulative procedure, freeing the foot for better mobility. Many cases of bursitis, usually a symptom of inadequate mechanical function, also heal spontaneously when foot position is corrected by manual adjustment which reduces the friction of limited-motion on foot tissues.
Simply, manually replacing bones in the proper position starts a free flow of fluid through lymphatic channels to allow healing. Once bones are properly set and the circulation is restored, swelling and pain often reduce dramatically. (Rue Tikker 2001)
The Pressure Mat system provides a dynamic, weight-bearing biomechanical patient assessment. Metascan generates a Dynamic Gait and Pressure Analysis Report containing 2D and 3D color images of the patient's footstep, data on kinetic pressure patterns during the stance phase of gait, and a conclusion describing any biomechanical abnormality detected as compared to normal gait values.
Why is this assessment superior and unique?
1. The human eye observes at a frequency of 7 images per second. VS.
The pressure mat scans the stance phase of gait at 150 images per second.
2. Captures Dynamic Function with 3 different types of Scans:
- Compares walking and running scan data of the same patient
- Proprietary diagnostic software analyzes digital pressure mat and patient data.
- Bilateral pressure distribution assessment and report
- Useful in detecting leg length discrepancies
- Postural analysis to determine deviations in alignment, movement pattern and body symmetry
- Visually observe postural movement over time (replay for analysis and patient education)
What is Swift? Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Chiropody. Swift microwave energy is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
Does it hurt? Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 - 3 seconds then quickly subsiding.
What can I do after treatment? In some cases the treatment area may feel sore but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
How many treatments will I need? This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response).
The CryoProbe is nitrous oxide gas in a convenient handheld device. The CryoProbe is used to freeze various unwanted lesions, including plantar warts and skin tags. Its combination of accuracy, ultra-cold freezing power and pressure provides a unique and more effective treatment than all other systems on the market today.
Accuracy: the ability to pinpoint to just one millimetre allows treatment of the smallest lesions.
Freezing Power: The CryoProbe provides nitrous oxide at -127F - the next coldest to liquid nitrogen.
Pressure: Delivery of the coolant allows deeper, faster penetration to the bottom of the lesion without pausing for ice build up, with little to no pain experienced by the patient. Patients will enjoy a positive experience during treatment.
Just as orthodontic braces slowly and painlessly straighten your teeth for a dazzling smile, nail braces slowly and painlessly straighten and correct nail growth.
A nail brace is a custom made nail splint that attaches to either side of the nail and gently lifts the painful ingrown nail into correct alignment. This procedure is used as a non-painful and non-invasive alternative to the surgical removal of ingrown toenails or involuted toenails.
Patients feel instant relief when the nail brace is applied. Over time, with the nail brace in place, the shape of the nail is corrected.
If you have any questions about our Assessment and Treatment Options please ask. Do not pursue any assessment or treatment without consulting a medical professional or your Chiropodist.