CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

In the Clinic

At Total Care Podiatry we are continually updating our response to the COVID-19 virus.

In line with the recommendations of the Victorian Health and Human Services we have implemented a COVID Safe Plan for Total Care Podiatry.

PLEASE GET TESTED if you have any cold/flu like symptoms, have had any contact with a person suspected of having or with COVID-19  or have attended any of the exposure sites listed by Victorian Health and Human Services. Call 5223 1531 to reschedule your appointment or call to arrange a Telehealth appointment. We’d love to see you when you’re well again!

For the most up to date alerts and information please check the Victorian Government COVID-19 pages:

COVIDSafe Settings

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

When you arrive in the clinic please register using the QR code on the external doors or in the waiting area. If you are not able to use the QR code please advise the receptionist so your arrival can be recorded manually.

Under the Victorian COVIDSafe guidelines you are required to wear a face mask at all times in the clinic. When you arrive please make use of the hand sanitiser provided. You may also wash your hands in the patient bathroom. The chairs in the waiting room have the required space between them, however for two or members of the same family,  we have opened the running lab/multipurpose room as an additional family waiting area.

For the safety of our staff please stay behind the taped line on the floor in front of the reception desk. You will also see that we have installed perspex safety screens.

Hours

Our normal operating hours have now resumed Monday – Friday, including our fortnightly late clinic on alternate Tuesdays until 7:30pm.

Paediatric Clinic

The monthly paediatric clinic for Kids+ has now resumed, however we ask that only one parent/carer attends the clinic with only the child who is booked to be seen.   This will ensure we don’t have too many people in the clinic at the same time.

Same Day Orthotics

If your condition requires custom orthotics we are now able to offer a same day orthotic service as we have an in-house milling lab.  There is no extra charge for this service. The service includes:

  • Comprehensive Initial Musculoskeletal consultation
  • Plantar pressure and video gait analysis
  • 3D and 2D scanning of feet
  • Custom prescribed orthotics CADCam designed and milled

If you would like to use this offer please mention it when you call  on 5223 1531 to book.

TeleHealth

Total Care Podiatry now has two ‘TELEHEALTH’ options if you are unable to leave your home:

  1. Complimentary TeleHealth Advice. This service is about 10 minutes to answer general questions and provide you with advice. It is particularly good if you are a New Patient who needs some help to manage until you’re able to attend the clinic.
  2. TeleHealth Consultation. For existing patients who are unable to attend the clinic. Our podiatrists will be able to provide online:
  • a video conference for you to explain your concerns and receive clinical advice,  and, if required
  • an exercise and rehabilitation program of video demonstrations within the Physitrack App.

This will enable us to adjust your treatment plan from the comfort of your own home.

The billing for TeleHealth appointments will be the same as usual for NDIS and Veterans. For patients with a Chronic Diseases Management plan (for Medicare rebates) we are able to bulk bill with a new Item number provided by Medicare. For private patients the Fee is $30. Some health funds are providing a rebate for TeleHealth consultations. Check with your Health Fund.

If you’re not sure about whether TeleHealth is right for you please give us a call  on 5223 1531 to discuss your situation.

In times of Lockdown

During a Lockdown period Total Care Podiatry will still be open, however, our scope of service and our opening hours will be reduced.

Every patient with an existing appointment during the Lockdown period will be contacted to advise you that we  need to discuss your care needs before confirming your appointment. Under government legislation, we will be providing the permitted level of care to maintain your mobility and avoid the need for further treatment or an escalation of your podiatry care needs to ensure ongoing improvement and preventing conditions getting worse.

Updated 26th October 2021

ARE YOU READY FOR THE SURF COAST TREK?

Free Foot & Leg Assessment

Total Care Podiatry is offering Surf Coast trek participants a complimentary Foot and Leg Assessment.  This will take into account your individual requirements and help you work out a strategy to help your feet and legs stay the distance.

Call Total Care Podiatry on 5223 1531 to book in your Complimentary Foot & Leg Assessment.

Make sure you mention that you have registered for the Surf Coast Trek.

Preparing for a long distance walk

Getting your feet ready for a 40 km trek needs a lot of planning and preparation. You’re asking a lot of your poor feet pounding into the ground, and they’ll need some TLC to get you there.

Every individual’s body will respond differently so there’s no one solution that will suit everyone, especially in an endurance event lasting many hours like the Surfcoast Trek.

Just like your fitness, preparing your feet and legs has to start early, not the week before or the day before.

During the 40 km trek, your body will change in a number of ways to keep you going. The extent of the changes will very much rely on how you’ve trained your body prior to the event.

Here’s what will happen for most of us at the 20 to 30 km mark:

  • Muscles in our core and legs will tire and as a result our walking pattern will change, placing more pressure on our joints.
  • Feet may swell causing changes in how the foot fits into the shoe, causing pressure areas, and
  • The heels may start slipping up and down in the shoe as the calf muscles tighten, increasing the risk of blister formation.

Footwear

For endurance walking the shoes you wear will have a significant bearing on whether or not you enjoy the trek. The runners you use around the house or for activities such as walking around the block will probably not be appropriate.

  • Footwear should fit your foot comfortably, not too tight or loose.
  • The upper should be made of a material that will easily breathe and allow the perspiration that your feet generate evaporates into the environment rather than build-up heat in your foot.
  • The sole should not be too stiff or controlling and provide good cushioning.
  • The toe box, (the area of the shoe where your toes are), should be deep and rounded to accommodate any swelling.
  • No part of your foot should slip in the shoes, at any time.
  • It is best if the lace area is as long as possible so you can alter the fit around the heel from the midfoot and the forefoot. You may have to adjust the lacing a number of times during the walk, to make sure your foot is supported and any pressure areas lessened.
    For more information regarding lacing techniques look here: How to Lace a Hiking Boot

Blisters

Blisters are caused by friction, where the surface of the skin is held in one place and the tissues underneath the surface are stretched to the point of tearing. It is influenced by 3 things:

1. The nature of your skin

Our skin often has different qualities depending on age, sun exposure, gender, shoes we wear etc. Some people have firm strong and resilient skin. Others have tender, thin and easily affected skin. The latter type of skin can be toughened to cope and protected for the walk using a number of different taping techniques. Skin temperature also needs to be maintained so that the skin does not become overly sweaty and moist which increases the risk of blisters.

Socks that are designed to ‘wick moisture away’; that is take the moisture away from the skin out through the sock to the other side of the sock, is the best way of managing this.

2. How your foot works

Your foot has two main functions, it has to adapt the body above to the ground beneath, and then has to be stable enough for the body to move over a solid foundation. If these functions are not working properly areas of high pressure develop which can directly cause tissue injury. The most obvious is blisters but also stress fractures and indirectly, increased risk of ligament or tendon damage as muscles get tired; often seen in cases of rolled ankles. Research shows that cushioning insoles can address the direct high-pressure areas, but the reasons why the foot is not functioning properly, causing risk of injury, needs to be understood and then addressed appropriately.

3. The level of friction.

There are many ways people use to reduce friction. For most people the best strategy is wearing well fitted merino padded socks. These socks should have built in padding to assist with small pressure areas.  If you have bony feet, or a tendency for rubbing, wearing two pairs of socks can be the solution. If you often have blisters on or in between your toes, ‘toe socks’, worn under the padded merino socks, can be the answer.

A final note on blisters, if the top of the blister rubs off and you’re left with a red raw sore, a band-aid type of dressing is not a good option as it may cause more friction. Instead, compound dressings are good for this, as is some taping, so long as your skin is not sensitive to the adhesive.

We congratulate everyone who is taking on the Surf Coast trek for the challenge it provides as well as supporting a fantastic local charity which benefits our whole community. Total Care Podiatry is proud to support your effort with a Complimentary Foot & Leg Assessment.

WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.

INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER ~ PODIATRIST CLEMENTINE SCHEFFERS

Clementine Scheffers

Clementine is a graduate of La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice.
She is passionate about acute and chronic injury rehabilitation and sports injury management, given her love and passion for sport growing up, as well as managing a chronic injury herself. Clementine has a wealth of knowledge in all things running shoes and will be your go to for shoe advice!
In her spare time, Clementine enjoys listening to her favourite artists and keeping up with the latest music releases, walking her Wheaten Terrier Riley, staying active and spending time with her cousins in Torquay.

CHRISTMAS BREAK NEWS!

TOTAL CARE PODIATRY WILL BE CLOSED FROM THE 24TH OF DECEMBER 2020

THE CLINIC WILL RE-OPEN MONDAY JANUARY THE 11TH 2021

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Our reception team will be available to take your call from the 11th of January.

For all bookings please PH: 5223 1531

TOTAL CARE PODIATRY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY 2020

  • Our clinic will be closed for the Queens Birthday holiday ~ Monday the 8th of June 

 

  • Our clinic will re-open on Tuesday the 9th of June 2020 for all your podiatry needs

 

  • Please call our friendly administration team on 5223 1531 to schedule your next appointment today!