Podiatry Central Coast
It is safe to say that our feet do the bulk of the work for us, they carry us to and from our everyday activities, deal with the hard surfaces and high impact that are placed on them during exercise/sport, help us with long periods of walking or standing at work and get us through those daily monotonous jobs which never seem to end.
Podiatry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various lower limb issues of the foot and ankle. This includes general foot care, diabetes, sports injuries, structural problems such as arthritis, skin abnormalities, paediatrics as well as treatment of the elderly including falls prevention.
We offer Podiatry services at the following locations: Toukley, Tuggerah Westfield and The Mariners Centre of Excellence (Tuggerah) giving you easier access to ensure your primary feet always have the opportunity of care that they need.
Our friendly Podiatrist’s at Coast Sport specialise in all aspects of general Podiatry care and offer an extensive range of treatment options covering various common foot complaints, as well as Sport Podiatry.
General Foot CareWe offer a range of treatment options covering various common foot complaints. We also provide regular foot check ups and high quality general treatment aimed at the prevention of those common foot ailments which include but are not limited to the following;
Plantar WartsPlantar warts are caused by the introduction of a virus onto the skin. Warts on the bottom of the feet are commonly referred to as plantar warts. These can often be misdiagnosed as corns, however can be distinguished by our Podiatrists. We look to gently remove the wart, and if indicated, apply chemicals which may assist in the treatment of the wart.
Fungal NailsFungal nail infections are common infections that affect the nails and often present as a small white or yellow discolouration which can also result in thickening of the nails. We will assess your nails and provide treatment to help reduce the nail thickness, while also providing treatment/advice to help remove and prevent further fungal infection.
Thickened NailsThickened nails are a common complaint which often occur due to trauma- either direct or from ill fitting footwear, or due to a fungal infection. They often lead to increased pressure and can make wearing shoes difficult or painful. We offer treatment options aimed at reducing nail thickness to help improve comfort and overall look of your nails.
Corns/CallusesCorns and callus are caused at areas which are prone to increased pressure or friction which can result from poorly fitted footwear, medical conditions and/or pressure areas related to your walking patterns. We aim to gently remove any painful corns or callus and look to prevent further problems with regular skin emollients.
TineaTinea is a fungal skin infection that is introduced to the skin which often causes dry, itchy and red blotchy skin. Tinea is caused by various factors which include; the environment they are in, such as communal bathrooms, occlusive socks/footwear, inadequate drying between toes or excessive moisture and toe deformities. At Coast Sport we look to address tinea through appropriate education along with treatment to help cure and prevent further infection.
Children’s Podiatry Podiatry for children is an important intervention as foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can be subtle, excessive crying in babies/toddlers through to overactivity as often children can’t explain what’s wrong. It’s important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early, whether your children are crawling, just starting to walk or are active school aged children it is important to have specialist care to ensure your child is living a pain free active lifestyle.
This can lead to reduced protective sensation which results in wounds or ulcerations on the feet and legs, which if left untreated can result in infection, further tissue damage and amputation.
It is recommended that a diabetic have a regular foot check up at least every 12 months as well as have regular visits for general podiatry care to help maintain their foot health.
Our Podiatrist’s at Coast Sport conduct regular diabetic foot screening, and utilise the latest equipment to ensure your feet stay healthy.
Arthritis is a broad term used to describe many different pathologies that can affect any joint in our bodies, commonly involving some type of joint pain or disease. This affects not only adults, but also children and people of all ages. There are many different types of arthritis, however the most common types are Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms you may be experiencing are;
• Decreased range of motion
Foot and Ankle Conditions The most common conditions would primarily include pain in your feet/ankles. Our dedicated Podiatrist’s are experienced in diagnosing and treating all causes of foot/ankle pain using the latest evidence based treatment options available. This can include use of exercises/stretches, custom orthotic devices, taping, footwear education and activity modification to help get you back on your feet.
• Adult acquired flat foot, which occurs due to tendon degeneration
• Nerve entrapment
• Arthritis in the ankle joint
• Medical conditions such as Gout
Factors such as inappropriate footwear, walk/run pattern, sport and lifestyle factors can all contribute to heel pain. The Podiatrist’s at Coast sport offer various treatment options depending on the cause of the heel pain and type of lifestyle you lead.
This is through the use of designing a patient care plan which best suits you which may include; custom orthotic devices, taping, activity modification, footwear changes/modifications and muscle strengthening/stretching which may be used in combination to achieve the best results.
Our Podiatrist’s offer various treatment options such as custom orthotic devices and footwear advice aimed to reduce pain, pressure, increase comfort and potentially slow the progression of bunions.
Footwear and Custom Orthotics
• Heel pain
• Arch pain/flat feet
• Shin pain (Shin splints)
• Arthritis or bunions
• Children's foot pain
• Lower back, hip or knee pain
A Custom Orthotic device is a specially moulded form that is created specifically for each individual's foot shape and lifestyle. We determine if a custom orthotic device would be beneficial only after one of our experts goes through a complete biomechanical assessment with you to determine if a custom device would be suitable for you.
At Coast Sport, we use state of the art technology to assess and prescribe you with 100% customised comfortable orthotic devices to relieve pain and restore function, allowing you to stay on your feet to enjoy all those activities you love pain free.
At Coast Sport, we are experts in specific footwear selection for your needs and your body! We can educate you and provide advice on how to make informed choices about footwear by looking at the shape of your feet, walk/run patterns and work/lifestyle factors that all contribute to the health of your feet.
Our Podiatrist’s at Coast Sport have experience with fitting footwear to all age groups, including selecting and fitting appropriate school shoes, picking the right sport shoes, through to orthopaedic or DVA footwear.