At AvantiCare we can provide podiatry care in both residential care facilities and in your home.

Podiatrists assist with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. Conditions may include those resulting from injury, many bone or joint disorders such as arthritis, soft tissue or muscular concerns. Neurological conditions or conditions affecting the circulatory system. Podiatrists can also assist with the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions which affect the lower limb including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Our skilled podiatrists are able to help keep your most busy body part healthy and well looked after.

Who do podiatrists work with?

Podiatrists treat individuals at all life stages with lower limb issues. At AvantiCare we specialise in podiatry for the aged community offering support with our home care services and within residential care facilities.

How can a Podiatrist help me?

As you age, you can lose cushioning and soft tissue fat in the pads of your heels and balls of your feet, near your toes. Like the skin on your face, there is also a loss of elasticity in the skin on your feet, making it thin and vulnerable.

Bone deformities – such as bunions or arthritis – and difficulties undertaking basic foot care, can lead to foot health issues and sometimes an increased risk of falls – which for many can have drastic consequences.

Nails also become more brittle, thicker and harder, making them difficult to trim and prone to ingrown toenails, fungal breakouts and other infections.

Did you know…

The feet can often be a mirror to a person’s general health. Many conditions such as diabetes, joint, nerve or circulatory disorders will show symptoms in the feet.

AvantiCare Services

When you use AvantiCare, you can choose from a wide range of specialist allied health services, including but not limited to:

Our Podiatry services include

Assessments/care plan reviews
The Podiatrist will carry out an annual foot and leg assessment on each resident to assess circulation, neuropathy, dermatology, footwear and risk of falls.

Routine foot care
Treatment of toenails, corns, calluses, dry heels, tinea management etc.

Preventative care
Provision of supportive or deflective materials to prevent corns, calluses and or wounds from forming.

Participation in Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) arrangement
It is a Medicare requirement that all care plans are to be generated by either the facility or GP and are to be signed by the GP. *Please note, we as the Allied Health Service Provider cannot generate the care
plans

Frequently asked questions

The frequency of visits required is entirely dependent on your reason for seeking podiatric support. For general foot and nail maintenance six to ten weekly appointments are recommended. If you are looking to return to function from injury or require treatment for a specific concern, then a period of more intensive therapy may be required. After your initial assessment and discussion with your Podiatrist a therapy plan will be developed that works best for you.

Diabetes is a condition that causes faulty or insufficient production of the hormone insulin, which is responsible for helping cells absorb sugar from the blood to use for energy. When this process does not work correctly, sugar remains in the blood, causing health problems such as complications with nerves and circulation. Diabetes can affect the feet in two ways, through diabetic neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease.

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that occurs over time leading to numbness in the feet, which can make it hard for people with diabetes to feel pain,.injury, infection or damage. If this occurs and treatment is not administered in a timely manner then severe and debilitating complications can occur. Diabetes can also lead to changes to blood vessels including the arteries. In Peripheral vascular disease, fatty deposits block the vessels, particularly in the extremities such as the hands and feet, restricting blood flow. This reduced blood flow can lead to pain, infection and wounds that are slow and difficult to heal.Feet are often the first place to show diabetic-related symptoms.

Good foot care and regular review by a podiatrist can assist with managing the symptoms of these conditions, reduce the risk of complications and maintain overall foot health. If you have cold feet, numbness, sharp pain in your legs after walking, swelling, new pain, sensory changes or changes in colour, to the skin or nails please contact our podiatrists for review.

Feet are our foundation. With 28 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments and more than 250,00 sweat glands, feet are one of our hardest working body parts. The humble feet help maintain our independence through assisting with everyday mobility, activity, health and wellbeing. Your feet and lower limbs are also often a factor in developing or avoiding health conditions elsewhere in your body. Our feet can assist or exacerbate a variety of health conditions including obesity, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and others. Caring for your feet is actually important assisting with maintaining your health and lifestyle.

As we age our feet lose cushioning and soft tissue fat in the pads of the heels and balls of our feet. Like the skin on our faces, the tissue of our feet becomes less elastic and therefore more vulnerable to injury or damage. Nails become more brittle, thicker and harder making maintenance more difficult and prone to become ingrown or affected by fungal breakouts or other infections. Age and the difficulties undertaking basic foot care due to general health and mobility and some bony deformities such as bunions or arthritis, can lead to foot health issues and reduced stability of the foot and lower limb, which may impact balance, gait and ability to engage with activities you enjoy. For the older person’s foot, most concerns can be improved by regular maintenance and care, shoe modification and the use of cushioning supports or insoles. Speak to our podiatrists for more information on how we can help keep you on your feet.

Learn more about our Podiatry services

Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions and offer further advice on how AvantiCare can help you and your loved ones.