Role of a Podiatrist
A Podiatrist is a specialised medical practitioner.
A Podiatrist deals with the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of foot and lower limb.
A Podiatrist is capable of preventing, treating and relieving foot disorders and their symptoms.
A Podiatrist cares for feet medically from initial consultation to check-ups to surgery.
A Podiatrist is not a pedicurist, and will not massage the feet or varnish toenails.
A Podiatrist is not concerned with the aesthetics of the feet.
A Podiatrist is concerned with what matters most: the comfort and health of the patient's feet.
Treatments at FootWise
General treatments are the first appointment for first-time patients or for a regular check-up of a FootWise patient. The general treatment is an overall examination and maintenance of the health of the patient's feet.
Such a consultation may include the following procedures:
- Removal of callous and corn. A scalpel is gently used to painlessly par away the corn or callous until a normal skin thickness is achieved.
- Cutting and filing of nails.
- Treatment of warts. The wart is pared away as much as possible with a scalpel, and acid is then applied to neutralize the growth. Alternatively, the wart can be frozen.
- Diagnosis of fungal skin infections.
- Treatment of blisters and minor foot problems.
- Footwear advice, foot disorder prevention advice, and diabetic footcare advice.
To make an appointment, give us a call and tell us what time suits you.
Also available to all patients wishing to receive a general treatment is a home visit.
The specialised treatments offered at FootWise Podiatry Centre are:
- Nail Surgery: Patients with a painful or recurring history of an infected ingrown toenail will receive this treatment. The affected area is painlessly cut away with local anaesthesia in such a manner as to prevent the regrowth of the ingrown toenail.
- Orthotics: Persons suffering from flat or high-arched feet can acquire a pair of insoles to correct the position of the feet's joints. These insoles can either be custom-made orthotics or pre-fabricated orthotics, depending on the nature and extent of the patient's disorder. Custom-made orthotics require a specialised consultation, and the purchase of the cutom plaster casting and the finished pair of orthotics. The procedure for pre-fabricated orthotics involves a specialised consultation and the purchase of the (customised) pre-fabricated orthotics.
- Sport Podiatry: Any physically active patients with sport-related foot problems are encouraged to consult a FootWise podiatrist for treatment of the sport-related disorder, a gait analysis, and advice on stretching.
For any questions about our services or treatment procedures, give us a call.