At Stephen Cardinal Podiatry we see an array of foot problems, ranging from a simple corn to a complicated bone fracture. Our podiatrists are competent in assessing and diagnosing all foot complaints. Some of the more common foot conditions we see include:
- Corns: a hard, seed-like lesion which can create a great deal of pain, depending on the location. The only safe and effective treatment for a corn is debridement and enucleation by a qualified podiatrist.
- Morton’s Neuroma: a burning/neuropathic pain localized to the ball of the foot, usually between the third and fourth toes. This pain often shoots into the toes, but not always. Treatment typically consists of a dome pad, icing, footwear modification and orthotics.
- Bone Fracture: depending on the bone affected and the severity of the fracture, treatment is quite varied. A simple toe fracture may require no treatment, whereas a midfoot fracture may require a boot for up to 12 weeks. Our podiatrists are able to refer you for a bulk-billed x-ray and determine the necessary treatment.
- Plantar Fasciitis/heel spurs: pain that is localised to the inner heel, occasionally extending into the arch. Pain is worst first thing in the morning and after rising from being seated. Treatment consists of padding, strapping, icing, massage, footwear modification and orthotics.
- Achilles Tendinitis: pain that is localised to the back of the heel, often aggravated going up or down stairs. Pain is worst first thing in the morning and after rising from being seated. Treatment consists of strapping, heel raises, icing, massage, footwear modification and orthotics.
- Extensor tendinitis: pain that is felt on the top of the foot. This can be caused by incorrect training, inappropriate footwear or tight muscles. Treatment consists of strapping, icing, footwear modification and orthotics.
- Bunions: the large prominence on the inside of your foot near your big toe. There are a number of factors which contribute to a bunion formation, including tight and/or high heeled footwear, genetics and excessive foot pronation. Treatment consists of footwear modification, orthotics to correct excess pronation, manipulation therapy and dry needling.