Skin & toenail treatment


Skin & Toenail Treatment

 

What conditions would benefit from a general foot care consultation?

-Thick, hard to cut toenails

-Ingrown toenails

-Fungal toenails

-Painful, damaged & misshaped toenails

-Dry, cracked heels and skin

-Calluses and corns

-Tinea/fungal infections

-Warts/plantar warts/verrucae

-Blistering

 

What happens during the consultation?

1.History taking
To determine the reason for the consultation and what you want to achieve from the consultation. A series of questions are asked to develop potential causes and a treatment plan

2. Assessment
Your skin, toenails and shoes are inspected. Your standing, walking and/or running posture are assessed to see if there are biomechanical causes

3. Treatment
Assessment findings and today’s treatment are discussed. Treatment may include toenail trimming, reducing the thickness of the toenails, callus removal, corn removal, dry skin filing and cream application

4. Preventative care
You will be provided with suggestions for strategies to do at home to keep your feet looking and feeling as good as they do after the treatment

5. Summary
All information discussed during the consultation is written down for you to take home

 

Will I need to keep coming back?

This depends on your reason for seeing a podiatrist. New Step Podiatry staff collaborate with their clients to determine if and when the next appointment should be made. Some people choose to call when they need their next podiatry treatments and others book in advance.

Clients requiring specialist treatment for ingrown toenails and cosmetic nail restoration will need more frequent appointments than clients having toenails cut and calluses removed.

 

Why do some people go to a podiatrist to have their feet treated and others attend to their own feet?  

There is an endless list why people chose a podiatrist over themselves, friends, family members or nail salons to treat their toenails. Some examples are:

-Can’t reach their feet due to a stomach, back, hip or knee injury or condition

-Can’t see the toenails due to poor vision

-The corn or callus is too deep and risky to remove at home

-The risks associated with self treating are too high. A cut or bleed with unsterilised equipment may result in an infection or chronic wound

-Troubles operating nail nippers due to hand injuries and arthritis

-Some home clippers and scissors are unable to cut thick, curved and ingrown toenails

-An expert opinion is required because the condition and its causes are unknown

-Podiatrists in the ACT are inspected by ACT Health officers to ensure the environment is safe and clean. All instruments are sterilised in an autoclave so 99.9% of bacteria and fungi are destroyed