General Footcare

Are you having difficulty caring for your feet, or would you simply like them taken care of by the professionals?

General Footcare

Are you having difficulty caring for your feet, or would you simply like them taken care of by the professionals?

Podiatric general footcare or general treatment refers to the general care and management of foot and ankle problems by a podiatrist. This may include the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various foot and ankle conditions, such as bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, and heel pain, among others. A podiatrist may use various treatment methods, including medication, physical therapy, custom orthotics, and in some cases, surgery. Additionally, podiatrists may also provide advice on foot care, including proper footwear, foot hygiene, and exercises to help prevent foot problems from developing.

What Is Involved In A General Footcare Treatment?

When a podiatrist performs a general footcare treatment it is somewhat similar to a pedicure, the process is usually referred to as a medical pedicure or a podiatry pedicure. Unlike a regular pedicure, which focuses primarily on cosmetic aspects, a podiatry pedicure is designed to address the health and well-being of the feet.

During a general footcare treatment, a podiatrist will typically perform the following steps:

  1. Inspect the feet and nails for any signs of infection, such as fungus or ingrown toenails.
  2. Clean and sanitise the feet and toenails to prevent the spread of infection.
  3. Trim and shape the toenails to prevent ingrown toenails and other nail problems.
  4. Remove any calluses, corns, or other areas of thickened skin to reduce pressure and prevent pain.
  5. Apply moisturiser to the feet to keep the skin soft and prevent dryness and cracking.
  6. Provide advice on proper foot care, including footwear choices and foot hygiene.

A general footcare treatment can be a great option for individuals with foot problems, such as diabetes or poor circulation, as it can help prevent complications and promote foot health.

Why Is Regular Foot Care Important?​

It’s important to see a podiatrist for regular general footcare for several reasons:

  1. Early detection and treatment of foot problems: Podiatrists are trained to identify and treat foot problems early, which can prevent them from becoming more serious or even irreversible. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can help detect and address foot problems before they become debilitating.

  2. Preventative care: Podiatrists can provide guidance on preventative measures, such as proper footwear and foot hygiene, to help keep your feet healthy and prevent foot problems from developing.

  3. Specialised expertise: Podiatrists have specialised training in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, and can provide individualised treatment plans tailored to your specific needs.

  4. Improved mobility and quality of life: Foot problems can significantly impact your mobility and quality of life. Seeing a podiatrist for footcare can help address these problems and improve your overall comfort and function.

  5. Comprehensive care: Podiatrists can provide comprehensive footcare, including medical treatment, physical therapy, custom orthotics, and in some cases, surgery. This ensures that you receive the appropriate treatment for your foot condition, and can prevent the need for more invasive interventions down the line.

Overall, seeing a podiatrist for general footcare is important for maintaining healthy feet and preventing foot problems from interfering with your daily life.

Additionally, there are some instances in which podiatry is not just important rather imperative, such as in diabetic footcare. To learn more about diabetic footcare, CLICK HERE.

Do I Need A Referral For A General Footcare Treatment?

In most cases, you do not need a referral for general footcare treatment from a podiatrist. Podiatrists are primary healthcare providers, meaning you can see them without a referral from another doctor. However, some insurance plans may require a referral for coverage of podiatry services. It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider before seeking treatment to understand your coverage and any requirements for referrals.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle problems, you can make an appointment with a podiatrist directly to receive an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. Podiatrists are highly trained medical professionals who specialise in the care of the feet and ankles and can provide a wide range of treatments, from routine foot care to complex surgical procedures. Seeing a podiatrist for general footcare can help ensure that you maintain good foot health and prevent any problems from interfering with your daily life.

How Do I Prepare For A General Footcare Appointment?

Preparing for a general footcare appointment with a podiatrist can help ensure that you get the most out of your visit. Here are some tips on how to prepare:

  1. Make a list of your symptoms: Before your appointment, make a list of any symptoms you’re experiencing, such as pain, swelling, or redness. This will help your podiatrist understand your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

  2. Bring your medical history: If you have any relevant medical history, such as previous foot injuries or surgeries, bring this information with you to your appointment. This can help your podiatrist better understand your overall health and make more informed treatment decisions.

  3. Bring comfortable shoes: Your podiatrist may want to examine your shoes to ensure that they’re properly fitted and provide appropriate support. Bring a pair of comfortable shoes that you wear regularly to your appointment.

  4. Clean your feet: It’s a good idea to clean your feet before your appointment, as your podiatrist will need to examine them closely. This can also help prevent the spread of infection.

  5. Prepare a list of questions: Before your appointment, prepare a list of any questions you have for your podiatrist. This can help ensure that all of your concerns are addressed during your visit.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your general footcare appointment is productive and informative.

Foot conditions our Sydney Podiatrists are experts in treating include:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Thick toenails
  • Fungal toenails
  • Split toenails
  • Elevated toenails
  • Elongated toenails
  • Unhealthy toenails
  • Corns
  • Callus
  • Thickened skin
  • Hard skin
  • Dry skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Cracked heels
  • Fissures
  • Bunions
  • Warts
  • Lumps
  • Moles
  • Splinters
  • Abnormal growths
  • Shin Splints
  • Blisters
  • Wounds
  • Ulcers
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Skin reactions
  • Reduced foot sensation
  • Abnormal foot sensation
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Poor circulation
  • Plantar verruca
  • Chilblains
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Arthritides
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Reactive arthritis
    • Septic arthritis
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Childhood arthritis
    • Idiopathic juvenile arthritis

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FAQ's

Referrals are not required to be seen by one of our podiatrists in Sydney CBD for a general foot treatment. To have your feet maintained by one of our Sydney podiatrists, all you need to do is book online or call and organise an appointment for a general treatment.

Treatment time and reoccurrence depend on what conditions you are suffering from.

At Bespoke Health and Performance, we aim to get any issues resolved as fast as possible whilst also ensuring there is no reoccurrence, however, if you’re suffering from conditions such as diabetes, you will require regular checkups and tidy up to ensure your feet aren’t getting worse due to diabetes.

General foot care is important for those suffering conditions and aliments that require treatment otherwise they can get worse. 

After our specialist podiatrist have conducted a proper assessment, they will be able to advise how vital general treatments may be for you.