At the Footcare Centre, our chiropodists/foot specialists undertake minor surgical treatments to nail, skin, tendons and nerves. Examples in include ingrown toenails, warts, corns, cysts, hammer toes, neuroma, and plantar fascia. Onwards referral for orthopaedic surgical assessment may also be advised by foot specialists/chiropodists for some more extensive conditions such as bone conditions.
The most common surgery performed by chiropodists/Foot Specialists is to manage damaged, ingrown, involuted (curly), thickened and painful toenails.
Toenail surgery is carried out by chiropodists/foot specialists under local anaesthetic. A numbing agent is injected into the toe. This makes the procedure totally painless. It takes about 15-30 minutes to perform.
If only one side of the nail is causing problems, a partial nail avulsion will be performed, where a piece of toenail is removed from the side that is problematic. To prevent that piece of nail from growing back, a chemical is applied to the nail bed/matrix.
Based on the extent of damage to the nail, the entire nail may need to be removed. This is called a total nail avulsion, and the procedure is similar to the partial nail avulsion.
Ask your chiropodist about the conservative and longer term elective solutions for toenails.
Advanced treatments for corns and plantar warts are available. Our foot specialists/chiropodists have special interest in these areas.
Following assessment and confirmation of a corn or wart, treatment may involve electing for simple, conservative treatments in office or at home. However, where suitable, electing for treatment such as laser surgery can offer an alternative treatment option for persistent, intractable or painful corns and warts.
Class IV Lasers are surgical lasers. The light emitted in a LASER beam is unique in many ways – unique in colour, direction and uniformity for example. The special properties of the laser beam can be used to cause cells and tissues to respond physiologically.
This allows laser users the ability to undertake a wide range of treatments including the treatment of sports injuries, wounds, dermatological conditions and undertake surgery.
It is accepted that management of fungal nails (onychomycosis) can utilise the special properties of a Class IV surgical lasers in order to facilitate a temporary improvement in the appearance of the nails. We utilise a specific laser beam wavelength (or ‘colour’ of light) at 1064nm which is an example of an infrared laser.
At the initial consultation the most appropriate treatment plan will be discussed by your foot specialist/chiropodist following an assessment.
Ingrown toenails can become inflamed, infected and very painful. Timely and appropriate treatment is important, to avoid them getting worse
Foot orthotics are used to improve the function of the feet; thereby treating conditions such as those that stem from faulty foot mechanics. Foot specialists/chiropodists often use these devices in their treatment plan.
General care involves the assessment and treatment of feet and the maintenance and promotion of healthy feet through ongoing preventative care.