After Effects of Laser Treatment of Ingrown Toe Nail

We don’t really notice our toes until they become a bother. When you stub your toe you suddenly know they’re there. When you can’t fit into a nice pair of shoes you know they’re there. When you have an ingrown toenail you certainly know they are there.

Ingrown toe-nails are one of those annoying things that seem so insignificant but can actually be quite painful and unsightly. They can be the result of toe trauma, poor clipping and maintenance, or wearing tight shoes, but often it is just due to the hereditary shape of the nail. Luckily, there exist safe and permanent ingrown toenail treatments in Brisbane.

All Podiatry, the leading podiatrist and footwear specialist of the area, offers treatments that eliminate, improve and limit the symptoms suffered from ingrown toenails. They also ensure treatment is relatively painless and that you will generally experience relief immediately.

One such solution for ingrown toenails is laser treatment. After a small section of the nail is removed from the problem site under local anaesthetic, a laser is applied to prevent regrowth of cells in that part of the nail.

An open toe shoe and avoidance of high intensity sport is preferable for about a week following the treatment, but there should be little to no discomfort more than a regular cut on the toe. After treatment, patients will have a toenail roughly one millimetre narrower than before simply due to that portion being removed but no side-effects exist.

Laser treatment for ingrown toenails is widely considered the best and most effective solution, much safer and more thorough than home remedies, which expose themselves to infection and regrowth. Laser is not only simple but pain free and requires only a single, quick appointment. It has no side effects and is clinically proven with an 88 per cent success rate. In some circumstances, the toe nail may regrow for unknown reasons but in the vast majority of cases, a patient can enjoy pain-free toes forever more.

If you are suffering from ingrown toenails or fingernails, contact All Podiatry to enquire about their laser treatment today: www.allpodiatry.com.au.

Need to Call a Podiatrist But Don’t Know When?

Sometimes it is easy to ignore a problem in the name of saving money, or just because you don’t have time. So at what point should one call a podiatrist? According to most foot specialists, the answer is sooner rather than later.

If you are experiencing actual symptoms of pain, including tingling, burning, numbness or loss of function of your foot for over a week, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist. Your condition may be the result of an injury, diabetes, too much weight being placed on your feet, an awkward walking technique or something unknown. A podiatrist should be your first stop in all cases.

Podiatrists should be able to diagnose the problem through use of x-rays, ultrasounds and other methods then work out the best course of action for you. They can prescribe medications and orthotic devices as well as administer injections and perform surgeries when necessary.

If you put off seeing a podiatrist, there is the real possibility that you will make your injury or condition worse and, in your effort to save money, in fact make your treatment more expensive. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Not all podiatrist enquiries lead to medications or surgeries, however. In many cases, you will simply be prescribed new footwear or a custom insert for your shoes. The most common conditions that require orthotic solutions such as these are: flat feet, painful arches, painful heels, bunions, hammertoes, diabetes, and arthritis. If you are a walker in particular, it is important that you are wearing the right shoes for your feet.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in Brisbane, All Podiatry is the leading foot doctor. It is the podiatrist of many fine sportspeople and teams including the Queensland Bulls, Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Lions.

The beauty of All Podiatry is that it is combined with The Shoe Co, a store that specialises in footwear for sore feet. Podiatrists with expert knowledge can therefore, recommend a particular shoe, insert or combination for you as you recover from an injury or surgery, or simply to improve your gait or foot efficiency. The Shoe Co offers footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. Even if you have no symptoms of foot troubles, The Shoe Co offers preventative footwear solutions for men, women and children. Visit the All Podiatry website today: www.allpodiatry.com.au .

 

Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist

A lot of people put off seeing medical professionals, but some ailments just can’t be ignored. Feet, ankles and legs bear the brunt of your body weight and are used constantly through walking and standing. It’s pretty hard to just put them out of service while you ignore the pain. You need to see a podiatrist.

Podiatrists are available through hospitals and clinics as well as privately, specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders concerning feet, ankles and the lower leg. They also specialise in preventative measures such as walking and running techniques. If you are suffering from any form of foot complaint, the benefits of seeing a podiatrist are many.

First and foremost, because podiatrists are specialists, they are more than general medicine practitioners, as they know the internal and external make-up of your foot, ankle and leg. They understand the symptoms and have experience in other cases like yours so they are more likely to quickly discern the problem and what can be done to fix it. While general medical practitioners are still feeling around, you could be diagnosed and on your way to recovery.

Another benefit of seeing a podiatrist over a general medical practitioner is that there is usually no need for referrals and sending you around to different places. Podiatrists can make basic prescriptions as well as perform surgeries so your condition and progress can be monitored by a single specialist. This means a more personal understanding of your disorder and therefore, a more valuable assessment. It also means a lot less wasted time crossing between practitioners and re-explaining your discomfort.

Podiatrists are dedicated professionals who know exactly what you are going through and what you need them to do to help. Their expertise makes them the most communicable and effective solution to your disorder. If you suffer from diabetes, high glucose levels, inactivity, or are a smoker, it is extra important that you take care of your feet so any signs of trouble should be checked on sooner rather than later.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in Brisbane or Indooroopilly, All Podiatry and The Shoe Co are the leading podiatrist and footwear specialists. They combine podiatrist care with a range of shoes perfect for sore feet or just feet wanting optimum support. They are the podiatrists for the Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Bulls. If you have foot, ankle or lower-leg problems, visit the All Podiatry website: www.allpodiatry.com.au.

Ecco Shoes – The Scandinavian Designed Shoe!

Ecco shoes have found a niche and it is one that many of us had hoped would be cracked. It is the niche of comfortable shoes that are genuinely stylish. A Scandinavian brand, Ecco, is now a world leader in quality designs with comfort in mind. They are utilised by sports and fitness organisations and are specifically dedicated to golf shoes. On the other end of the spectrum, Ecco shoes also cater for formal and business footwear. They are favoured by podiatrists that wish to offer their patients something better than gaudy corrective shoes for sore feet.

Ecco are technology leaders in sports shoes. They founded the BIOM project, which studied the biomechanics of sport to produce a natural motion philosophy that rejects the over-cushioning of footwear, which is actually counter-productive, in favour of highly flexible anatomically-shaped shoe construction. As a result of the BIOM project, Ecco uses direct-injection technology, anatomical flex grooves and anatomically placed impact zones to create world class performance and comfort in their running, walking, training, and golf shoes.

In their range of formal shoes, Ecco is equally committed to comfort. They are particularly dedicated to creating the perfect fashionable boot that can be worn all day long without discomfort. This is achieved through a shock absorbing latex outsole and the use of leather to absorb moisture, keeping feet dry and comfortable. In all of their shoes, Ecco cares about more than just the feel of the shoe. They are all Scandinavian designed with the best fabrics and materials to be stylish beyond temporary trends. All designs are classic and timeless.

Ecco is also well received by podiatrists all over the world. Ecco shoes in Brisbane are recommended by leading Podiatrist, All Podiatry and its joint footwear specialist, The Shoe Co. They are the podiatrists for sports teams including the Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Lions and Queensland Bulls. All Podiatry touts Ecco shoes as a product of quality, lightness, softness, flexibility and comfort. That they stock Ecco shoes is a testament to their effectiveness in treating sore feet, alleviating weight and pressure from feet, and preventing some of the ailments associated with wearing inferior footwear. Visit the All Podiatry website for more on their range of Ecco shoes: www.allpodiatry.com.au .

‘All Podiatry’ Expert Leads the Way for Industry Competitors

Alan McCulloch is the experienced podiatrist behind the successful All Podiatry business in Brisbane. His successful career began in 1989 and throughout his 20 years experience Alan has provided treatment and advice to many top grade Australian sports teams including the Australian Cricket Team, Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Bulls as well as several triathlon organisations.

Alan began his podiatry career with a passion for customer service and health care.
“My job is all about problem solving. People come in with pain or discomfort and I look for an answer. I get enjoyment out of working with and helping people.”

As the Principal of All Podiatry and The Shoe Co, Alan splits his time between treating Australian sports teams and helping the residents of Brisbane with their podiatry needs. He is also responsible for the training and development of the staff at All Podiatry.
“I am heavily involved as a mentor for the podiatrists working in our practice to challenge them to do [the best] job possible.”

Alan has also worked in close conjunction with Adidas on the development of podiatry footwear. “The evolution of podiatrists embracing footwear as part of their practice is much the same as how optometrists use glasses and sunglasses in their practice.”

All Podiatry was the first to incorporate a shoe store into their practice, setting the standard for other podiatry businesses around Australia.

“When I first started I realised it was hard to separate footwear and podiatry so I embraced it… I am proud to say we have a booth maker in house who is not only able to manufacture orthotics, but can also perform footwear modifications…Now lots of practices are attempting the same format.”

Alan believes the footwear revolution is the future of the podiatry profession.
“A lot of the current changes have been made due to advances in materials technology and advanced research… currently there is a push for footwear that is more minimal, less controlling and allowing more natural motion.”

Alan McCulloch takes great pride in All Podiatry as a leader in innovation and practice standards. His business is based around the idea that every person deserves the highest quality podiatry care – from the latest research and assessment tools to the very best in experience and technique.

“[At All Podiatry,] we work closely with surgeons, general doctors, trainers and physios to constantly improve our treatment philosophy… We try to make sure that if it involves a foot problem, we can fix it.”

Ecco Shoes – Comfortable yet Chic!

For anyone that wears shoes, you will know the difficulty in finding a pair that genuinely combines comfort and style. But they do exist! They are called Ecco shoes and are more than just footwear, they are an investment. Sleek, trendy and, most importantly, comfortable, Ecco shoes are created from quality materials and made to last. They are Scandinavian designed and inspired by fashion and art.

Ecco shoes come in all styles for men and women ranging from sandals to boots to joggers to dress shoes to even heels. Yes, even their heels are comfortable. No longer must a nice party dress be teamed with joggers if one intends on actually dancing. No longer must one spend the second half of a night on the town sitting nursing their feet. No longer must a pair of thongs be stashed in one’s handbag for the walk from the office to the train after work. Comfortable heels are the holy grail of the fashion-conscious woman.

Men too can enjoy the benefits of a comfortable and stylish shoe. In the work place, there is often an unspoken association between a man’s dress and his status within the office. A fine shoe can denote power and prestige. In a pair of leather Ecco shoes, men can retain that status minus the corns and blisters.

The secret in all of the shoes is that the outsole is made of latex with shock absorbing properties. This means each time your foot hits the ground it will feel padded and soft rather than hard and jarring. The combination of style and comfort make Ecco shoes an excellent choice for office footwear and weekend footwear alike.

If you are looking for Ecco shoes in Brisbane, they are stocked at leading podiatrist and footwear specialist, All Podiatry and The Shoe Co. That they are recommended by such reputable foot doctors are a testament to their effectiveness in aiding sore feet and preventing feet issues from the beginning.

All Podiatry and The Shoe Co stock a whole range of casual, sports, diabetic’s and children’s footwear from a whole range of brands. They are fitted and recommended by professionals with expert knowledge and advice. Check out All Podiatry and The Shoe Co and their range of Ecco shoes at their website: www.allpodiatry.com.au .

Merrell Shoes Style & Comfort!

Are you sick of chunky, ugly joggers and hiking boots? Just because you live an active lifestyle doesn’t mean you don’t care about fashion. Merrell shoes are the answer. They are designed for all the activities you love with extreme comfort and flexibility, but also make a statement about you. They are the ultimate combination of practicality and style.

Merrell shoes were born in the Green Mountains of Vermont but have spread across the world over the past quarter century as more and more people decided it wasn’t fair that Vermont should have all the fun. Originating as a hiking boot, Merrell shoes has expanded and evolved along with the concept of “the outdoors” to include natural and urban footwear alike.

Women can count on Merrell comfort in, not only their hike boots and joggers, but also in sandals, slip-ons, office shoes and ballerina flats. They all employ a noticeably slimmer design than traditional outdoor footwear to ensure even the toughest of shoes retains their femininity and style.

Men also have the opportunity to enjoy Merrell shoes as many can smoothly transition from that jog to work to straight into the office. Merrell have more recently branched into street shoes, which look casually cool yet still include the comfort that makes Merrell the loved brand that it is.

If you are looking for extreme levels of comfort, Merrell is also a forerunner in the new trend of “barefooting”. This is regular running but with a shoe that feels barely there, as the low-profile sole contours to the shape of your insole. It is said to realign your posture and balance, stimulated by connecting you to the terrain, and at the same time strengthening your feet and leg muscles. Barefoot running helps wearers practice good form and technique in the way they walk and run.

The benefits of a comfortable shoe are ones preached by podiatrists all over. Merrell shoes in Brisbane can be found at leading podiatrist and footwear specialist, All Podiatry and its joint store, The Shoe Co. That Merrell is stocked by experts professionally trained in foot, ankle and lower-leg care is a testament to their quality and comfort levels.Check out the stylish and ultra-comfortable Merrells at the All Podiatry website: www.allpodiatry.com.au .

Feet Care & Repair

It’s easy to forget about our feet when it comes to a beauty routine. Faces get all the attention and, as me-time dwindles, our feet tend to miss out. But they are just as important as your face – perhaps even more so. They do, after all, carry the burden of your entire weight and serve the purpose of your mobility. Show your feet some love.

The most common problems that can come from neglected feet are corns, calluses, nail problems, plantar warts, hammer toes, bunions and ingrown toenails. These can be both painful and unattractive, especially upsetting for those who enjoy a nice shoe. But fear not, there are ways to help prevent these problems at home in your everyday beauty routines.

Step 1: Soak your feet

This can be done either in a tub for a minimum of ten minutes or, for a more fun (and mobile) option, you can fill plastic bags with water and tape them around your ankles to soak your feet as you walk around the house. Or out in public if you are really keen.

Step 2: Remove Dead Skin

Before drying your feet, use a foot file and/or pumice to remove as much dead skin off your feet as you can. Using a towel or paper towel you can then dry (and continue to exfoliate) your feet.

Step 3: Moisturise

Again using plastic bags, you can now moisturise your feet for added softness. Squeeze lotion into each bag and place foot on top, and then apply lotion to top of each foot. Tape bags around each ankle and you are then free to roam the house doing your everyday activities while you treat your feet. The longer you leave your feet moisturising, the more effective the result.

Step 4: Nail care

Once your skin is moisturised and beautiful, apply cuticle oil to your toe nails to soften and nourish.

These simple steps should be done weekly to keep your feet as cared for as possible. Some foot problems, however, need more than a plastic bag full of lotion. If you are experiencing persistent ailments on your feet, it is best to see a podiatrist. All Podiatry in Brisbane and Indooroopilly is the leading podiatrist and footwear specialist that can help you take your foot care and repair to the next level. They can prescribe shoe insoles or medications to help with slightly more serious conditions, such as heel spur syndrome, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia and skin splinters. Visit their website: www.allpodiatry.com.au.

How Are Custom Made Orthotics Made?

Orthotics is an in-shoe device designed to realign feet and improve balance and function. They can be bought pre-fabricated from your local clinic or shoe shop to help in mild cases but for real results, podiatrists recommend custom orthotics. If you live in the Brisbane area and think you may need foot correction, have a talk to the leading specialists at All Podiatry.

All Podiatry creates custom orthotics based, as the name suggests, on your individual needs. As such, there is a process that is followed. An initial consultation will determine whether you need custom orthotics through an analysis of your walking and running style via video-recording. Slow-motion playback should reveal the source of your discomfort and the ways in which your feet need realignment. Poor foot alignment, untreated, can cause symptoms to spread up the leg to shins, knees, hips and backs. When prescribing orthotics, a podiatrist will take into consideration your foot type, shoe type, body weight and usual activity.

After the initial consultation, a plaster or foam casting appointment should be made. The podiatrist will create a cast of your foot while it is held in a neutral and desirable alignment position. This will be the shape of your orthotic.The cast is sent to a lab which digitally scans the mould and then creates the orthotic based on that size and shape data. The orthotic can be made from a variety of materials ranging from soft to firm and might be half, three quarter or full length depending on your specific needs.

When you are fitted with your orthotic, the podiatrist may make some minor adjustments to fit the shoe so it is important that you come wearing the shoes you intend for the orthotics to spend most of their time in. A check-in appointment will also be made for a few weeks later just to make sure everything is going fine and down the track alterations and updates can be made as your needs change.

Custom orthotics in Brisbane cost around $350 dependent on size and material, but if you consider the cost to your wellbeing, if you ignore the need for them, it is very worth it. Custom orthotics help people with rolling feet, calluses, heel spurs, bunions, joint pain after exercise, outward pointing feet, flat feet, and sore feet in general.

Contact All Podiatry today to enquire about custom orthotics: www.allpodiatry.com.au .

Treatment for Your Nagging Bunions

A bunion is a common problem occurring mostly in women due to faulty footwear. In this condition, the base of the big toe becomes prominent as a bony protuberance. The big toe starts angling in towards the second toe, sometimes going over but generally under the second toe. Wearing of shoes becomes extremely difficult because of the bony protuberance which is painful as well.

Improper footwear is the major cause of the formation of bunions and if left untreated the problem can aggravate, making walking and wearing shoes extremely difficult.

One should visit a foot doctor in Brisbane on the first signs of bunion formation. Early detection can prevent the problem from aggravating. Various podiatrists for bunions treatment in Brisbane provide adequate treatment options and therefore, should be contacted immediately.

Treatment for the bunions

Non surgical methods:

  • A foot doctor in Brisbane would firstly recommend a change of footwear to relieve the symptoms of bunions. This would also inhibit the progress of bunion formation. The shoes should have a good arch support, wide toe-box with minimal slope so that the feet get adequate rest and support. Replace aesthetics with comfort.
  • Medications are effective in reducing the size of the bunion, the pain and the associated discomfort to an extent.
  • Application of ice packs is another method which provides relief from bunion pain. It also reduces the swelling.
  • Bunions treatment in Brisbane include the use of spacers and cushioning bunion pads, which provide relief from pain when any kind of pressure is exerted on the toe or the bunion. The toe spacers provide proper positioning of the toes and hence relieve the big toe pain.
  • Alternative medical procedures like acupuncture are also helpful in treating painful bunions. The use of acupuncture needles at the right place stimulates the energy meridians promoting healing of the bunions naturally.
  • A foot doctor in Brisbane can also recommend physical therapy as a non-surgical treatment method for the bunions. Regular massages can reduce the bunion size and even cure it altogether.

Surgery: severe cases of bunions have to be treated surgically. Bunionectomy or the surgical removal of the bunion involves the removal of the extra mass of tissue at the base of the big toe along with the removal of some part of the bone so that the big toe straightens up.

A surgical procedure involves some risk, however; surgeons in Brisbane are efficient and experienced to carry out the procedure. However, one must remember that new bunions may appear on the metatarsophalangeal joint if proper foot care is not taken.