CuraFoot Clinics provide services that keep your feet healthy and pain-free. We also create customised in-soles and other footwear solutions that provide support and relief to your feet – thereby potentially reducing lower back, hip and leg pain in some cases.
CuraFoot offers a range of interventions to help deal with foot and ankle problems – heel injuries, foot deformities, diabetic feet, foot arthritis, corns & calluses or any other systemic illnesses that may cause lower extremity discomfort. Our clinical team consists of top doctors, physiotherapists and technologists who create customised solutions for your specific problems.
Some of the common problems we deal with at CuraFoot Clinics daily are:
Injuries to the ligaments of your ankle joint can happen when your ankle has been forced beyond its normal range of motion. A Grade I sprain involves minor ligament stretching, Grade II moderate to severe stretching and Grade III a complete ligament tear. Sprains can be diagnosed and treated by the CuraFoot Clinic. In the meantime please minimise further damage by following this simple guidelines:
- Protect the joint with a splint or brace
- Rest the joint, avoid putting weight on it
- Ice the injury
- Compress with a tensor wrap
- Elevate to reduce swelling
If you have arthritis or bursitis in your feet, we will evaluate your joints and may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, therapy, custom orthotics and/or shoe changes.
If your feet are cracked, blistered, itchy, red or scaly, most notably in the creases between your toes, you may have athlete’s foot, a fungal condition contracted in public areas like locker rooms. When your itchy feet aren’t responding to over-the-counter antifungal products, we will diagnose the problem, prescribe medication to get rid of your athlete’s foot, and offer prevention advice that will help your feet stay healthy and itch-free in the future.
Thick, hardened layers of skin, caused by tight-fitting shoes or a biomechanical foot fault, can be uncomfortable and unattractive. We will remove corns and reduce calluses quickly and easily, and offer self-care recommendations and footwear advice to help you keep your feet comfortable and looking great.
These custom-made prescription medical devices are placed inside your shoes to correct the mechanical joint and muscle dysfunction that contributes to foot pain. They are also used to treat and prevent injury-causing motions such as excessive pronation (rolling in), supination (rolling out) and to help make standing, walking and running healthier and more efficient.
CuraFoot custom orthotics start with a thorough examination of your feet including a 3D scan which is then analysed by a clinical team. Based on detailed analysis of foot structures and pressure points a customised in-sole is created for best fit and the right support to your feet.
For diabetics, we recommend regular doctor consultations, with its frequency depending on the seriousness of your condition. At CuraFoot Clinics we examine the patient’s feet and recommend treatments to help improve foot health.
However, as a diabetic, if you have cuts, wounds or other injuries to the feet, call us immediately. Do not wait to see if things heal on their own; with diabetes, there is a chance that the condition will get worse. It is certainly easier to treat it earlier before the condition progresses into an infection.
If the arch on the inside of your foot is flat and your entire sole actually touches the floor, you may have flat feet. Flat feet can be painful in the arches when you walk. It can be caused if the arches have not developed since childhood or it can be a sign of age-related wear and tear. At CuraFoot we will examine your feet and prescribe orthotics if needed.
Also known as onychomycosis, fungal nails are an infection under the nail surface. It is caused by fungus, which thickens and discolours the nail. Fungal infections have an unpleasant smell and can cause pain when you’re wearing shoes. The infection can spread to other nails, skin and even fingernails.
Fungal infections are a common problem and can be treated with a prescription fungicidal solution. To prevent fungal toenails, keep your feet clean and dry, wear shoes in public areas, change your socks daily, put on shoes and socks that breathe and avoid nail polish.
When you have high arches, less of the plantar surface of the foot ends up bearing your weight, which increases the stress on your heel and the ball of your foot. Also, feet with high arches are not able to absorb as much shock from walking and running, so it ends up being transmitted up your leg into your ankles, knees, hips and back – causing pain.
Toes may deform into a claw-like shape, causing painful corns and calluses. You may benefit from the arch support offered by custom orthotics; it can help take the pressure off and increase your overall comfort. Talk to us about the best option for your feet.
One of the most common problems we see in our foot clinic, ingrown nails, can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area. This condition is uncomfortable and if left untreated, can cause severe pain. We will recommend treatment based on severity of the infection, including water and salt soaks, antibacterial ointment, splints or better footwear and insoles.
Morton’s Neuroma (Pain of Fore-Foot)
Caused by tight-fitting footwear or abnormal forefoot alignment, Morton’s Neuroma is the growth of a nerve or benign tumour due to irritation of nerve cells. Usually found between the third and fourth metatarsal heads, it’s characterized by numbness, pain or a burning sensation or the blanching of the toes. We can recommend better footwear, metatarsal head support or cortisone injections. In some cases, surgery may be required.
Orthopaedic shoes are footwear verified by a doctor or clinician to be wide and deep enough for your foot. It can be made to accommodate any pain or deformity. Custom Orthopaedic Shoes are made specifically for your foot, and are meant for a medical deformity or condition (bone protrusion, birth defect, disease or accident) that will not fit into any shoe on the market.
This overuse injury is common with runners and people who stand and walk a lot, and can be caused by flat pronated feet, high arched rigid feet, improper footwear, increasing age and overuse. It is characterized by acute heel pain first thing in the morning and just after you rest. When the plantar fascia is under too much stress, it pulls away from its weakest insertion, causing micro-tears, inflammation and pain. And the more you use your foot, the more it aggravates the condition. Treatment involves rest, better shoes and orthotics, and may require night splints, laser therapy, physiotherapy, exercises and hot and cold therapy.
The official name for this painful issue is chondromalacia patella – it’s the wear and tear of the cartilage on the back of the kneecap caused by abnormal motion. Symptoms include swelling, inflammation and pain in the top of the knee. There may be stiffness while sitting and also significant pain if going up and down stairs.
Runner’s knee can be caused by weak quads, faulty biomechanics or a dysfunction in the patellar tendon. Icing, ultrasound or laser can help reduce discomfort. A stretching and strengthening program and orthotics might be prescribed, as well as moderation of your exercise program. CuraFoot specialists can look at your gait to help correct running-related issues.
Most common with runners, shin splints (or periostitis) are a painful swelling of the connective tissue that covers the bones. They’re caused when the tissue gets overworked by repetitive activity – especially in situations where a normally sedentary person has suddenly started exercising vigorously. They can also be caused by pronation or rolling in your foot as you walk and run. At CuraFoot Clinics we will examine your leg and may order additional tests to rule out problems such as stress fractures or tendonitis. We will also determine whether you are wearing the right footwear when exercising and may recommend orthotics to improve your foot health.
We perform ultrasound therapy to help relieve pain and inflammation for ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bursitis and osteoarthritis. Ultrasound speeds up the healing process by increasing blood flow, decreases pain by reducing swelling, and provides a gentle massage to tendons and ligaments to help soften scar tissue. It is a great first step in healing, at which point we may refer you to a physiotherapist for further rehabilitation.