We are kicking off 2021 with an exciting addition to our clinic services. Geelong & Bellarine Podiatry are the first in our region to offer Clearanail, a clinically proven treatment for fungal nail.
You might be wondering, what is fungal nail? Fungal nail (known as Onychomycosis) occurs when a fungus, that’s normally in your toenail, grows underneath the toenail. This fungal infection is the same type as Athlete’s Foot.
So, how do we treat fungal nail using Clearanail?
The Clearanail device produces micro holes (0.4 mm in diameter) in the nail, to allow anti-fungal medication to penetrate the nail plate and easily reach the infection underneath. The computer controlled treatment ensures that the device retracts as soon as it breaks through the nail bed. This means the treatment is pain free and won’t damage your nail bed. Typically, your podiatrist will only need to create the holes once (twice in more severe cases). Post treatment, your podiatrist will provide you with directions on how to use the topical treatment and discuss your treatment plan to ensure the best results. A visible improvement in the nail will typically be seen in just 2-8 weeks.
To discuss treatment options and find out more about Clearanail fungal nail treatment, make an appointment online or call us on 5222 7744 (Geelong) or 5255 4455 (Bellarine).
Our clients often ask what they need to look for when selecting supportive and comfort footwear. We gathered these top tips from our podiatrists to make choosing supportive footwear easy.
- Functional fasteners: Laces, Velcro or ankle straps, something that holds the shoe onto the foot. If you can take your shoe on and off without undoing a fastener the shoe will not be able to offer good support and is likely to be too tight around the toes to stay on.
- A firm heel counter: This is the back of the shoe that wraps around your heel. This should be firm and should not collapse inwards when you press against it. A firm heel counter helps control your foot, rolling in and out and functional fasteners help hold your foot back into the heel counter so that it can do its job. A heel counter also helps prevent heels from cracking.
- Stiff sole: A shoe should only bend where the foot bends. Pick up the shoe and bend it. It should bend at the ball of the foot, if it bends further back look for another shoe, especially if you have a history of Plantar Fasciitis.
- Low broad heel: A heel height of around 2.5cm with a large surface area is ideal for everyday wear.
- The fit of the shoe. Stand up in the shoe and measure the distance between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. There should be a space of around a thumbs width between the two. Also keep in mind the depth and width of the shoe around the toes, it needs to be deep and wide enough to fit your toes without creating pressure (ensure prevention of possible corns or blisters in the future).
Ever wondered how your heel pain works? Want to understand more about the mechanics of your foot?
Press play to hear one of our Podiatrists and Business Owners, Phil explain plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
Experiencing discomfort or pain in your feet? Please get in touch on 5222 7744 (Geelong) or 5255 4455 (Bellarine) or book an appointment online.
A corn is a small focal area of hardened skin (callous) that tends to ‘dig’ into the skin. They are very common and usually caused by friction and pressure; particularly from ill fitting or tight footwear. Corns are often very small but can be really painful. They are common between the toes and on weight bearing areas of the feet. Corns are often described as feeling like there is a stone in your shoe and is most noticeable when in bare feet standing on a hard surface.
Podiatrists are very skilled at removing corns with minimal discomfort, using a small scalpel blade. We will remove the corn and provide padding or spacing devices to keep pressure from that area and allow the skin to recover. We often provide education to our clients around footwear and maintaining foot health to prevent reoccurrence, however an individuals foot type and the way they walk means corns can reoccur. Regular maintenance (every few months) is essential to ensure comfortable healthy feet.
Sound like the discomfort you’re experiencing? We thought so… Give us a call on 5222 7744 or book an appointment online and we’ll get your feet back on track.
In line with the announcements made by the Victorian Government last week, our business must adapt to the return of Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions.
We continue to take appointment bookings and we are operating under the recommended social distancing and hygiene guidelines. We have updated and implemented our COVID-19 Safe Plan as of Thursday 6th August 2020 to comply with Victorian DHHS.
In line with the current Victorian legislation, we remind you to:
Wear a mask when attending your appointment and entering our clinic;
Sanitise your hands upon entry and;
Report directly to our reception desk for processing
Once you have completed the above steps, our reception staff will take your temperature and log your details on our COVID-19 Sign In Form. This information is for the purpose of DHHS requesting clinical attendance for the use of contact tracing. This information will be securely stored and destroyed after 28 days.
We thank you for your continued support and cooperation in these challenging times.
If you would like to make an appointment or discuss your management with our team, please contact us on 5222 7744.
Accessing your prescribed Podiatry exercise program from home is now easier than ever!
We have introduced Physitrack, a simple tool designed to make following prescribed exercise programs more convenient. Your Podiatrist will consult with you to prescribe tailored exercises, stretches and educational tools to ensure the best foot care and management. You can access your prescribed program via the Physitrack mobile phone application or as a printout provided in clinic. The electronic program features guided videos on each exercise so you can follow along from home. Your Podiatrist will consult with you on your progress and adjust your program as necessary. Introducing this innovative tool has enabled our Podiatrists to continue to provide our clients with the best care and treatment management.
To find out more, book an appointment with one of our team or call us on (03) 5222 7744