Bachelor of Podiatry
Phillip has worked in private practice, aged care facilities and does home visits. He has also had experience working at The Athletes Foot assessing and fitting footwear.
Special Interests include:
• Biomechanics and sports podiatry
• Nail surgery
Podiatry manages a wide variety of foot and lower limb health issues. These include:
- Diabetic foot management
- General foot and nail care
- Corns & calluses
- Biomechanical assessments
- Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Fungal skin and nail infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Flat feet
- Shin splints
- Foot and leg pain
- Sports podiatry
- Footwear assessment
- Children’s feet (flat feet, in/out-toeing, knee & heel pain)
We provide a thorough assessment of your complaint and apply the most current evidence-based management plans and treatments to get your feet back to full health.
Biomechanics, sports and orthotics
The average human takes approximately 150-200 million steps in their life, which works out to walking around the Earth 4 times.
If you have an alignment issue with how you are walking this can lead to pain and injuries over time, especially when you increase the forces through your joints and muscles when running or playing sports.
If you have a misalignment in your gait (how you walk) it can affect your feet, knees, hips and back. Some of these injuries include:
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Knee pain
- Tight calf and hamstring muscles
- Increased risk of Arthritis in joints
- Increased risk of muscle tear or strain
- Shin splints
- Ligament tears
- Back and hip pain
- Severs (heel pain in children)
- Osgood Schlatter (knee pain in adolescents)
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Corns, calluses and ulcers
- Tibilias posterior dysfunction
- Ankle sprains
At Kirrawee Family Medical Practice the Podiatrist will discuss your sporting and exercise activities, go through any pain or injuries you have experienced, assess your footwear, lower limb range of motion and strength, perform a thorough gait analysis and provide a tailored management plan which can include stretching and strengthening exercises, footwear advice, orthotic therapy and involve other allied health specialists to achieve the best results possible.
Diabetic foot care
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia with over 1.7 million Australians diagnosed with diabetes and 280 Australians developing diabetes every day.
Diabetes often affects the feet by damaging the nerves and blood vessels resulting in a decrease in feeling and blood flow in the feet. If not managed correctly diabetes can lead to further complications such as peripheral neuropathy (no feeling in the feet), ischaemia (minimal blood flow to the feet and toes), ulceration and amputation.
It is important if you have been diagnosed with diabetes to have a thorough diabetic foot assessment by a podiatrist to manage and prevent future diabetic foot health complications. Because diabetics are more susceptible to get an infection if the skin is cut it is recommended a podiatrist manages your foot health with cutting nails, removing corns and calluses and treating any foot complaints.
The podiatrist at Kirrawee Family Medical Practice will provide a thorough diabetic foot assessment of the blood flow to your feet and assess nerve function to determine your level of risk of diabetic foot complications.
Ingrown nail surgery
Ingrown toenails can be very painful and restrict you from daily activities such as wearing shoes, walking, playing sports and even sleeping.
They are cause by the nail digging into the sides of your toes causing pain, swelling and in some cases infection. Factors that can increase the risk of ingrown toenails include the shape of your toenail (if it curves down the side of your toe), how you cut your nails (too short or down the side of the nail), tight footwear such as heels and pointed shoes and nail trauma. Ingrown nails most commonly affect the big toes.
The podiatrist can sometimes manage your ingrown nails with regular treatment however most ingrown nails are recurring and a permanent solution is more suitable.
Ingrown nail surgery is a quick and effective treatment to permanently prevent the ingrown nail returning. The ingrown section of the nail is removed and the root of that section of the nail is cauterised with a liquid to permanently prevent the nail from becoming ingrown. It is performed under local anaesthetic so the surgery is painless and there is often no pain post surgery. No stitches are required and you are able to walk out of the clinic once it is complete. Because only a small section of the nail is removed the nail usually looks completely normal.
Please discuss with the podiatrist if this option is suitable for you.
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