Podiatrists can Treat the Feet to Ease a Pain in the Back

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When most people hear the word podiatrist, they typically think of a professional that can help them with a corn, callus or bunion. The services at Melbourne Podiatrist go far beyond that. The Sandringham podiatrist treats sports injuries, prescribes orthotic devices and addresses pain in the foot that can affect the lower extremities and lower back. They treat foot conditions related to chronic conditions and perform nail surgery.

The clinic’s podiatrists utilize state-of-the-art video gait analysis technology to assess a patient’s movement at a walk, jog and run. Any anomalies are detected with pinpoint accuracy, allowing the podiatrist to identify the problem and develop an appropriate and customized treatment and/or rehabilitation program.

It’s never too early for a child to have their feet assessed to ensure they’re developing correctly and that any potential problem is addressed promptly. A professional shoe fitting can be performed and children will be checked for conditions that include feet that turn inward or outward, flat feet and issues that affect a child’s ability and inclination to walk.

Sports injuries can wreak havoc on the body, from torn tendons and overuse injuries to fractured bones. Podiatrists have multiple methods at their disposal to ease pain, enhance performance and help prevent future injuries.

Treatment may encompass one or multiple therapies that can include stretching exercises, orthotics to correct imbalances and shockwave therapy to accelerate recovery. Orthotic devices correct conditions ranging from unequal leg length to low/high arches. They provide support and proper alignment that can ease pain in the feet, knees, hips and lower back.

Shockwave therapy utilizes specific sound waves to stimulate the body and accelerate healing. It increases circulation and works with the body’s own healing abilities. The therapy has multiple applications. It activates cell generation, aids in dissolving calcium deposits and alleviates pain. Shockwave therapy is effective for treating virtually any soft tissue injury.

Nail conditions are common, from fungus infections to ingrown toenails. A podiatrist treats viral, bacterial and fungus infections, conditions that arise from chronic diseases and performs corrective nail surgery when needed to address conditions that can prove especially dangerous for those with chronic diseases and autoimmune conditions.

For more information, call 9555 6555 in Sandringham or 9387 8555 in Brunswick.