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Keryflex- A Nail Restoration Treatment

Keryflex is a painless option provided at Darwin Podiatry to help restore the appearance of a damaged or traumatised nail. Keryflex allows a trained Podiatrist to to remodel an individual’s damaged nail. The composite resin creates a flexible, but durable, non-porous nail that still allows the remaining natural nail to grow. The KeryFlex nail is an immediate cosmetic improvement providing a natural-looking nail. It is unaffected by acetone, nail polishes or detergents. KeryFlex Nail Restoration is a procedure in which a...

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Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles Tendinopathy? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is used when we walk, run, and jump. During contraction of the calf, tension is placed through the Achilles tendon. When stresses on the tendon are excessive due to too much repetition or high force, the tendon can become inflamed and damaged (micro-tears), known as Achilles tendinopathy. There are two types of Achilles tendinopathy: Pain in the middle of...

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Corn vs. Callus vs. Wart

It is common to misdiagnose corns, callus and warts, as they can appear similar to one another, and often cause similar pain symptoms. So how can we tell the difference?   Corns The lines on your skin (call skin striations) will continue through the lesion Generally smaller/round/well defined Contain a central plug which is very hard Do not bleed on debridement (removal of the tissue using a scalpel blade) Corns are painful on direct pressure or friction Corns only penetrate to the epidermis- they are more shallow than...

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Foot Cramps

What is a Foot Cramp? Foot cramps are caused by painful, intense, involuntary spasms of the muscles. They can happen while you are blissfully sleeping in bed, slipping into a pair of sandals or pointing your toes in a Pilates class. They most commonly occur in the arch of the foot, toes or the calf muscles. Foot cramps are usually accompanied by sharp, intense pain and the muscle may feel knotted. They may last for just a few seconds, or may...

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Plantar Fibromatosis

What Causes Plantar Fibromatosis? A plantar fibroma is a fibrous nodule that develops within the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue which extends from the heel to the ball of the foot. The excess collagen is commonly referred to as a fibroma. Plantar fibroma’s are most commonly located in the arch of the foot. The condition presents most frequently in the middle-aged and elderly population, although it can affect people of all ages. Males...

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EXO-L Brace

The EXO-L acts as an external ankle ligament that tensions when lateral stability is compromised, effectively becoming a seat belt to protect you at the moment you are about to roll your ankle – without affecting your freedom of movement in other directions. A 3D digital scan is taken to produce a custom device, so you no longer have to compromise comfort for protection. No need for strapping, or bulky ankle braces, and can easily be used in conjunction with orthoses. A...

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Why does the outside of my knee hurt? The iliotibial band (ITB) is a continuation of the tendon portion of the tensor fascia lata (TFL) muscle, with some contribution from the gluteal muscles. Iliotibial band syndrome is a common injury affecting the lateral (outside) of the knee. This is an overuse injury caused by repetitive friction of the ITB over the lateral femoral epicondyle (a bony prominence in the outside of your knee). The ITB moves anterior (forward) to the epicondyle...

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Common Running Injuries

 COMMON RUNNING INJURIES, THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, AND HOW DARWIN PODIATRY CAN HELP YOU: Running injuries typically occur from the interaction of numerous contributing factors. When training loads exceed the body’s physical capacity to handle it for a prolonged period, a running injury can occur. LOAD vs CAPACITY TO HANDLE LOAD over a prolonged period of TIME = the result of an INJURY LOAD is the total amount of physical work completed (external load) and the body’s physiological and perceived response to it (internal...

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Ingrown toenail

Ingrowing Toenails

What is an Ingrowing Toenail? An ingrowing toenail occurs when the edge of the nail impacts into the skin surrounding the nail. This skin is called the sulcus. There are numerous reasons why an ingrowing nail might occur: TRAUMA: bumping, knocking, or damaging the nail at the nail plate where the nail originates form can cause changes to the way the nail regrows. The nail may regrow thicker, or it may regrow a different shape. Often, a traumatized nail will grow involuted...

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Laser Therapy

The Benefits of Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy? Laser Therapy incorporates technology known as photobiomodulation that penetrates deeply into the tissues to treat an array of musculoskeletal and pain conditions. Photobiomodulation was previously known as Low Level Laser Therapy.  Low Level Laser Therapy has been well researched, and clinical applications have been documented for many years reporting benefits in reducing acute/chronic pain and accelerating tissue repair. Darwin Podiatry use a laser machine called the K-Laser. K-Laser technology is a powerful laser that applies red and near infra-red...

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You can select both clinics according to your preference.
You can select both clinics according to your preference.