Fungal Toenails

Do you struggle with Fungal Toenails and need some help?

Fungal toenails or onychomycosis is a common condition that we care for in our clinics. Onychomycosis can affect people of all ages and activity levels. It is a condition that is generally pain-free but can cause physical pain and discomfort if it progresses.

People can also be aware of the aesthetic look of the toenail, as it will often be discoloured yellow, white or even brown. The nail can be flaky and irregular in growth. To confirm the type of fungus present, a sample of the nail can be taken and sent to pathology for culturing. Some of the many treatment options available include topical paints/tinctures, oral medications, & Photodynamic therapy – PACT

Photodynamic Therapy – PACT

PACT is a recent advancement in nail fungal treatment. Our podiatry team will assess the suitability of your affected nail(s) for the treatment. PACT uses a UV sensitive gel and UV light to target the active fungal spores. This treatment involves reducing the affected toenails and then treating the nail(s) with PACT, three times in one week and then a follow-up treatment at four weeks. This treatment is pain-free and has no reported side effects.

For all treatments options, best outcomes are achieved with regular reduction of the active fungal spores with sterile instruments until the new, fresh toenail progresses forward.

What to expect in your consult?

Your initial new episode consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment where we ascertain your relevant history and medical history, followed by a physical examination to determine the diagnosis and cause of your problem.

This will be discussed with you where we form a treatment plan for your needs. The treatment may vary but will often include a combination of “hands on therapies”, taping, advice, exercise therapies, dry needling as well as other options.

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FAQ's

What is involved in an initial appointment?
What should I bring?
Do I need a referral?
Do you accept all health funds?
Is there a cancellation policy?
What is involved in an initial appointment?

Your podiatry appointment with consist of:
Listening – We listen to understand you, what activities you enjoy, how you problem presented and how it affects you.
Accurate diagnosis – We may need to refer you for diagnostic imaging such as MRI, X-Ray, ultrasound or pathology.
Assessing & addressing the causative factors – We settle your pain & address the reason why it presented.
This allows us to develop a personalised management plan, where we can determine your goals diagnosis, timeframe & management.
We are here to help guide you along the way!

What should I bring?

Footwear – Runners, work, casual, everyday shoes. They all help us, help you.
Orthotic devices – If have or have previously worn orthosis please bring them to the appointment.
Previous Results – If you have had imaging/results, please bring them with youl.
Referral – A referral is not required to see a podiatrist. Though if you have one, please bring it along.
Clothing – We will be getting you do some walking/running as part of your assessment. Dress appropriately if possible.
Medicare card, Insurance card – Where applicable, we can process your rebates at the clinic.

Do I need a referral?

For private podiatry clients. no referral is required so you can book in straight away. If you have a workcover injury, DVA, Medicare EPC or 3rd party insurance claim then a referral is required.

Do you accept all health funds?

We have HICAPS facilities at all our clinic locations, this allows  us to be able to claim all private health insurances on the spot. Please remember to bring your card with you.

Is there a cancellation policy?

We understand that life gets hectic and doesn’t always go to plan! Our therapists are in demand though so if you are unable to make your appointment then someone else misses out too. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 6  hours prior as per our late notice fee policy.

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