Treatments at Antrim Foot Clinic
Treatments at Antrim Foot Clinic are many and include callus, corns, nail complications, fissures, verrucae, skin conditions, infections and general foot pains. Treatment is offered using state of the art equipment to ensure optimum effectiveness and comfort. These include:
- High Speed Suction Drill – providing a pain free tool for treating many common problems.
- Cryopen – the modern pain-free tool for treating viral infections.
- Stock Orthotics – A wide range of preformed shoe inserts to address various correction and comfort requirements.
- Custom made Orthotics – for more personalised devices.
- Silicone/gel interfaces – To provide comfortable ways of preventing conditions recurring.
- Medications – tried and tested products for the treatment of common problems are available within the clinic.
Routine Podiatry Appointment
Includes nail care, removal of any corns of callosities. Advice on how to maintain good healthy feet. Advice will be given on how to treat verrucas, athletes foot, blisters & bunions.
Treatments may vary from the use of home treatments supplied by the Podiatrist to stronger caustics which may only be used under close supervision. We also offer cryosurgery (freezing using cryopen) to destroy verrucae / warts.
This is where in-growing toe nails, damaged or thickened nails which cause pain can be removed permanently under local anaesthetic.It is possible to remove part of the nail or the whole nail depending on the level of treatment required.
Biomechanics & Orthotics
A Biomechanical assessment takes one hour to complete. This can be useful for anyone who sufferers from, knee, hip, lower back or foot pain. During the assessment it is best to wear shorts as the patient will be asked to walk barefoot. The ranges of motion and strength of joints and soft tissues will be examined.
After a diagnosis is made, it maybe necessary to prescribe an orthotic which maybe temporary or permanent. The type of device required will be discussed by the podiatrist.
A permanent orthotic will require an impression of the patients foot during the consultation. This can be carried out using plaster of Paris bandage or a foam box.
The cast will be sent to a lab for manufacturing and may take up to 3 weeks to fit.
Temporary orthoses may consist of a pre-fabricated orthotic or a chair side made device that be made and can be worn following the appointment.
It is never too early to have childrens feet checked. We treat children for a number of problems including biomechanics. We may choose to monitor some children and others may be fitted with a paediatric orthotic.
High Risk Patients
Patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological diseases and circulatory problemsare referred to as high risk as these types of feet when subjected to trauma are more prone to infection and ulceration. These are usually slow to heal.
It is necessary to detect the level of risk at the initial assessment. We do this by carrying out a vascular and neurological assessment. Our treatment of these types of feet include removal of corns, callus. Padding & the use of orthoses inside ones shoes to alleviate pressure. This will include footwear and foot-care advice.
Unfortunately and due to a heavy commitment in the surgery, Home Visits are limited and can only be carried out to those who are house bound.
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