CHIROPODY (Foot Care)
Many of us don’t realize what we put our feet through on a day-to-day basis— our feet truly do bear the brunt of our weight! That’s why here at Guelph Rehab Centre, our foot care specialists work diligently to improve the overall foot health of each patient and provide the best possible care for every foot.
As Chiropodists (Foot Care Specialists), we are primary health care practitioners registered under the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. Our extensive training in this specialized medical field allows us to assess, manage and prevent disorders and diseases that occur in the foot, through therapeutic, surgical, orthotic, educational and palliative approaches.
Our wide scope of skills and evidence-based medical approaches allow us to provide the most up-to-date and optimal care for every situation and condition.
Our Foot Care & Nail Care services include:
- Routine nail and foot care
- Callus and Corn removal
- Diabetic foot care and foot screening
- Custom foot orthotics
- Ingrown toenail surgeries
- Wart treatment
- Fungal nail and skin treatment
- Sports injury management (for issues such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Ankle Sprains etc.)
- Morton’s neuroma treatment
- Bunion and Hammer Toe management
- Cyst treatment and aspiration
SURGERIES AND INJECTIONS
At Guelph Rehab Centre, our surgical and injection treatment options take place right within our clinic! We ensure safe and effective treatment and take our time, so you are comfortable every step of the way.
INGROWN AND FUNGAL NAILS
Ingrown toenails can be very painful and hinder your day-to-day activities. This can be caused by a nail cutting into the corners of your toe, trauma, or they can be something you were born with. Taking antibiotics will help clear a bacterial infection if present, however, it will not eliminate the pain you are experiencing as the nail spike is still cutting into the skin. Whether this is your first time experiencing an ingrown toenail or whether it is a recurring issue for you, the nail can be surgically removed permanently or temporarily under local anaesthetic.
This same procedure can be conducted for patients with hard-to-treat nail fungus, in which other conservative options are unsuccessful. When a fungal nail infection occurs, the fungus resides underneath the nail plate on the skin of the nail bed. When the nail plate is removed (temporarily or permanently), a topical antifungal cream can be prescribed to clear the underlying fungal infection.
Warts are an infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and they live on the surface layer of the skin using your blood supply to thrive. There are many options to help treat plantar warts, but for those stubborn lesions that just do not seem to clear, a more aggressive approach may be necessary. A wart excision involves surgically cutting out the wart under local anaesthetic and applying a chemical to kill any remaining virus at the base of the lesion. Since warts are on the surface layer of the skin, this technique produces minimal scar tissue.
Neuromas are swelling or enlargement of nerves due to entrapment between bones in the feet, typically between the 3rd and 4th toes, resulting in inflammation of the nerve. An alcohol sclerosing injection is a technique that can be used to “shrink” the nerve preventing it from being compressed between the bones. This technique generally requires multiple injections over the course of 5-7 weeks.
Other inflammatory disorders, including Plantar Fasciitis, Gout, Tarsal tunnel syndrome, can be treated through corticosteroid injections. Corticosteroid injections help to reduce the inflammation and can be conducted up to a maximum of 3 times a year in one location.
YOUR GUELPH CHIROPODIST
Guelph Rehab Clinic offers multiple chiropody and orthotic treatment options. Most Extended Healthcare Insurance plans cover Chiropody/Podiatry and we offer direct billing.