Wollongong Podiatry focuses on making sure each patient understands why they have developed pain and what any proposed treatment plan will do to alleviate this.
An initial consultation involves recording a client's medical, occupational and exercise history, along with a detailed description of any aches or pains. A standing and walking analysis will be carried out, followed by a non weight bearing foot examination and assessment of current footwear.
At such time a diagnosis is often able to be made and a treatment plan formulated. Both will be explained to the patient in detail. The treatment plan may be immediate, such as removal of corns or ingrown toe nails, or it may be a multi stage process to alleviate stress on an injured tendon or muscle.
If an immediate diagnosis is not able to be made, further investigation will be arranged. This may involve a full biomechanical assessment and/or computer walking and running analysis, referral for x-ray or ultrasound, or opinion from another health professional.
Wollongong Podiatry uses a state-of-the-art force platform, synchronised with digital video cameras, to provide the most accurate clinical analysis of your standing, walking and running posture. This may be used to attain or confirm a diagnosis, or it may be used to monitor treatment progress.
Most treatment plans will require active input by the patient. There may be exercises and/or stretches to be performed, application of ice or heat packs at specific times, or modification of active hobbies/sport.
It is important to understand that your input at home will often be as important as the treatment you receive from your podiatrist.