What Does A Podiatrist Do and How Can They Help?

Our podiatry services at Pillar Health Malvern East include; general foot care, orthotic therapy, management of sports injuries, ingrown toenail treatment, dry needling, children’s foot care and much more!

What does general foot care include?

General foot care from a podiatrist covers a large variety of treatments, including;

  • Trimming and filing nails
  • Removal of corns and callus
  • Treatment for cracked heels
  • Treatment of fungal nails
  • Management of plantar warts and athlete’s foot

What is orthotic therapy?

Orthotic therapy is the use of a device, inserted into the shoe to redistribute the plantar pressures for the patient – this simply means altering the forces that are going through the bottom of the foot.

The use of orthotics can be associated with a variety of different conditions and foot problems but is generally adopted for reducing a patient’s pain, correcting foot posture and offering extra stability and support for the foot and ankle. Custom made orthotics are designed specifically for individual patients to ensure their needs are met and their foot health improved. We also offer off the shelf orthotics as an alternative.

Here at Pillar Health Malvern East we are lucky to have our own orthotic lab, which means we can alter your orthotics on the spot, no waiting around!

Which sports injuries can a podiatrist manage?

Here at Pillar Health, we manage a vast range of sports injuries related to the lower limb, ankle and foot.

These injuries include, but are not limited to;

  • Stress fractures
  • Ligament ruptures and tears
  • General knee pain
  • Tendonopathies
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle injuries – Strains and tears
  • Turf toe
  • Achilles and calf strains
  • Plantar fasciitis

We have a fully equipped strength and conditioning space to assist you in your rehabilitation.

What is dry needling and how could it benefit me?

At Pillar Health we offer dry needling to patients who we believe may address their foot problems and improve their foot health. Dry needling is the process in which very fine needles are inserted into the skin to target myofascial trigger points and thus decrease any associated pain.

Often the benefits of dry needling are seen immediately after treatment. Some of these benefits include; release of tension in muscles and reduced pain in conditions such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle sprains and forefoot pain.

At Pillar Health we also offer shockwave therapy to assist in your recovery.

What can a podiatrist do for my child’s foot care?

All our podiatrists at Pillar Health are qualified and confident in treating children. Some conditions that we treat include; toe walking, in-toeing, curly toes, tarsal coalition, Sever’s disease, heel pain, warts, flat feet and ingrown toenails.

If your child is experiencing lower limb (knee, ankle, foot) pain, tripping during activity or you’re concerned they are missing developmental milestones we suggest a consultation with one of our Podiatrists.

It is evident that Podiatric care goes far beyond general treatments. If you have any questions about what we treat as podiatrists or think you could benefit from seeing a foot doctor, contact us now to book an appointment.