Technology

Here at The Footcare Centre we love feet and the latest gadgetry to ensure we treat your feet right.

If you love your technology, gadgets and gizmos like we do… check out this page!

Our ‘hub’.   Our state of the art Patient Hub will ensure that your data, patient records, and all other details related to your care with us are completely safe, secure and private.  You can book appointments online,   provide superb customer service and ensure that we provide you with timely and relevant information such as printed treatment plans so that you always know how much your treatments will cost.

 

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (E.S.W.T)

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (E.S.W.T) is a non-surgical approach that your podiatrist can offer you for lower limb conditions. The technology is at the forefront of treatment for chronic musculoskeletal disorders, including:

ESWT works by generating a high speed sound wave, which penetrates through the skin, stimulating the surround tissues and moves into the area of pain. As the sound wave moves through the tissues it stimulates the promotion of growth of new blood vessels, thus increasing metabolic activity to promote healing at the site of injury/pain.

It works by stimulating the body’s natural self-healing process and there is usually an immediate reduction of pain (as it interferes with pain pathways in particular substance P), thus it improves ease of movement.

Dolorclast w292 ESWT may also eliminate the need for surgery and is very effective for the treatment of chronic conditions with minor side effects. We carry out three sessions of treatment 10 days apart.

Recent studies show a success rate of between 65% and 95%, most citing round 75-80% (Wang CJ, Chen HS, Huang TW: Shockwave therapy for patients with plantar fasciitis: a one-year follow-up study).

 

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low level laser therapy works by using low dose levels of infra-red and red- light to tissues to improve healing rates in conditions such as:

Laser-UnitLow level laser therapy optimises the speed of repair  processes in cases of chronic conditions (these are often caused by untreated acute condition).

LLLT is now widely used by healthcare professionals because of the advantages, being drug-free, pain-free, non-invasive and without known side effects.

Combining Low Level Laser Therapy technology alongside our standard regimens for painful, acute or chronic conditions often enables speedier resolution with less pain.

 

Electrosurgery

Electrosurgery is the use of a high frequency electrical current via a probe to cause controlled destruction to localised tissue. At this practice we use this for problematic corns, stubborn and painful verrucae, and now for nail surgery due to quicker healing times as an alternative to using an acid to cauterise the nail bed.

The procedure is carried out once the foot/area is fully anaesthetised so that pain is minimised . Once the anaesthetic wears off it is to be expected that there may be some discomfort initially, this can be controlled by over the counter pain relief.

ElectrosurgeryWhen using Electrosurgery in combination with nail surgery the success rates can be equivalent to the use of other conventional methods used by podiatrists.

The success of corn resolution is dependent on a number of underlying factors including the way you walk and abnormal pressures within the foot. For longer term success the use of orthoses to correct these biomechanical issues may be beneficial.

Electrosurgery for verrucae is one of the more radical options available and is generally only used when caustics and cryosurgery has failed. Outcomes are variable   and success may be dependant upon the procedure being repeated.

If you have ingrown nails, persistent painful corns or a persistent verrucae then discuss the possibility of electrosurgery with our podiatrists at your assessment and they will coach you regarding the most appropriate form of treatment for your condition.

 

Pressure Plate

Our pressure plate is a mat of thousands of capacitance resistors that detect pressures. Pressure-PlateThe added benefit of this piece of equipment is that we are given further information within our biomechanical assessments and diabetic screenings that previously we could not detect.

Now within our annual diabetic screening we carry out peak pressure analysis which is a screening tool for high risk areas that if not protected or regularly checked could result in tissue viability issues such as ulceration. If an area of very high pressure is detected then our podiatrist will discuss insole therapy with you.

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If the pressure plate analysis is included in the biomechanical treatment plan that is set out by one our podiatrists then it can offer an insight into wear your centre of pressure is and can detect small timing issues within a foot step. These small details could be the cause of pains within the lower limb and could be altered by either a change of footwear, an off the shelf insole or by an orthotic device.

 

 

Video Gait Analysis

The use of a treadmill, camera system and computer Pressure-Plate-3software allows our podiatrists to analyse frame by frame your foot step. With this detailed view small differences from the normal can be highlighted that could not be detected by the naked eye of even then most experience practitioners. As previously mentioned during the pressure plate information these details from the gait analysis can determine whether a change in footwear is necessary with whether an in shoe device is needed.

 

Orthoses

When you have had a Biomechanical Assessment and Orthosesit is decided that orthoses are needed a neutral suspension cast is taken. Our casts are then sent to the laboratory where they are laser scanned and made by Computed Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM).

Our orthoses are fabricated from the latest materials including carbon fibre, graphite and polypropylene, all known for being strong, lightweight and sleek.

More palliative devices are used for our diabetic and Orthoses2rheumatoid patients and for those needing shock attenuation. For this type of device the latest open-cell and closed cell materials are used against increased pressure and frictional forces.

 

 

3D Foot Scanner

3D ScannerTraditional plaster casting or new 3D scanning technology? … Well we have the best of both worlds at The Footcare Centre.

We are pleased to have introduced 3D Foot Scanning as an adjunct to traditional foot casting techniques which we will also continue to use. Scanning can maintain accuracy compared to traditional casting and improves the turnaround time for our orthoses. The 3D system allows us to accurately capture full volumetric data and 3D foot images in less than seven seconds.

Similar to traditional casting methods the podiatrists can inspect the captured foot and the captured forefoot to rearfoot relationship.
By increasing the turnaround time the podiatrists is able to write an orthotic prescription and send the patients foot-scan data directly to our laboratory. This means the laboratory can start processing the bespoke prescription orthotic order within minutes of you leaving the treatment room!

 

Sterilisation

At The Footcare Centre we use high quality Sterilisationinstruments that are cleaned by the use of an ultrasonic cleaner and then checked. Once the instruments are checked they then can be sterilised using a machine called an Autoclave which sterilises under high pressure and high temperature. An autoclave uses high pressure to heat water to 134 degrees to steam clean the instruments.   Under standards set from 2012 all of our autoclaves print out tickets to prove they are working correctly!

Our autoclaves are checked daily by our podiatrists. We are proudly part of the practice accreditation scheme and your safety is ensured through bi-annual engineering checks of our sterilisation equipment and traceability of our instruments.

 

Gel Nail Enhancement

The Balance UV Gel system incorporates the very latest UV technology creating a system that is versatile, durable, odourless and hypoallergenic.  It combines a superior no-lift adhesive UV gel foundation, with free flowing, flexible, self-levelling builder gels. Balance finish gels complete the system, adding a permanent high gloss finish. Great for damaged and unpleasant looking nails.

So are you going to a wedding or on holiday and looking for that perfect cover up that will last? Please see your podiatrist to discuss your suitability.