A 'general treatment'is the term we use to describe a 30-45 minute consultation that centres around the overall health of the skin on your feet and your nails.
A general treatment may suit you if your areas of concern are as follows (but are not limited to):
If you are unable to care for your own feet due to the inability to reach them, diabetes, disability, poor eyesight, arthritis and/or other injuries.
You require a 'diabetic foot check' either yearly or bi-yearly.
You require a 'neurovascular assessment' due to ageing or a disease that manifests in the feet e.g. peripheral arterial disease, neuropathy or nerve damage.
If you are a high risk patient who wants to minimise the risk of infection. For example, those with severe diabetes, undergoing chemotherapy or are immunosupressed would most benefit from such a treatment as all instruments are sterilised prior to use and safety is the utmost concern.
If you have an ingrown toenail (painful, swollen, red or pus filled corner of the toenail). This often occurs in people playing sports that involve kicking a ball, tight shoes, improper nail cutting, genetic predisposition or as a side effects from certain medications.
If you have a painful wort on the foot (most common in children).
If you have large, thickened nails that normal scissors cannot cut through
If you have unsightly discoloured nails and/or fungal nails.
If you hard skin on your feet such as a callus that is unsightly, painful or dry cracked heels (with or without bleeding).
If you have painful corns on your feet.
We often recommend our patients to return every 6-8 weeks for regular treatments in order to maintain optimum foot health and prevent future problems arising.
What is the process of a 'general treatment'?
For all new patients we will take a full medical history and discuss what your most pressing concern is regarding your feet.
For new patients, we will do a basic vascular and neurological assessment and discuss the results with you.
We may cut and file your toenails, burr your nails with a special device to reduce any thickness and remove any dry/hard skin (callus) and corns. We may then further smooth the skin with a file and apply foot cream.
We also address issues you may have such as ingrown toenails, cracked heels, tinea or fungal nails.
We will provide you medical advice and educate you on keeping your feet great condition.
We may recommend medications and/or lotions to treat particular conditions e.g. fungal nails, dry skin, tinea.
By the end of the treatment your feet will both look and feel a lot better than when you came in!
If you are still unsure if a 'general treatment' is right for you, call us on (02) 8520 8818 and let us help guide you towards the best consultation type tailored to your needs.