BLOOD FLOW ASSESSMENT TO THE LOWER LIMBS,
RECENTLY HELD IN BALLINA

Local regional Podiatrists and Medical students attended a full day seminar in the Ramada, Ballina testing each other’s blood flow in feet and becoming familiar with the use of the latest ‘in office’ vascular testing equipment and techniques in the morning. In the afternoon delegates moved onto testing actual patients, some of which had poor circulatory supply to the feet.

Local Podiatrist and facilitator Cliff Coleman said about the day. “ It is just excellent that in our region talented clinicians like Vascular Surgeon Dr Anthony Leslie, Senior Podiatrists, The Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health (NRUDRH), a private medical supply company Briggate Medical and Northcoast Podiatry can come together to produce this update.

“The mix of lectures and ‘hands on assessment’ with actual patients promotes seamless care, expert monitoring and treatment for those Northern Rivers patients with poor lower limb and foot blood supply. It was great to see Dr Leslie present a lecture and answer all questions from clinicians for a couple of hours but also show some surprise at how much accurate monitoring occurs ‘in office’ in our regional Podiatry clinics public and private. “

On another note, recent research presented at the Australian Podiatry Council Conference on this same topic has confirmed the recommendations in Cliff’s Winston Churchill Fellowship and subsequent Report in 2002. “It is tremendous to see that my work is still being used in caring for patients in this year the 50th anniversary of the Churchill Trust in Australia. It was poignant that patients who volunteered their time for the seminar day to be tested, were also returned servicemen and war widows, the same type of giving people that created the Trust in the 1960’s. A big thanks goes to these patients and the facilitating senior clinicians who contributed their teaching time in an honorary capacity and thanks to Briggate Medical that not only supplied most of the equipment for the day but also flew their Podiatrist /Consultant up from Melbourne to discuss those very technical aspects of the equipment.”

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Highly repetitive movements with larger than normal forces as experienced when we are active combined with ‘less than perfect biomechanics’ can lead to pain and injury in the feet, legs, knees, hips and spine.

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Foot, leg, knee or any lower limb pain should not be considered normal in childhood or just attributed to ‘growing’ (growing pains). Any repetitive or continuing pain needs to be diagnosed and treated by Northcoast Podiatry.

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People with diabetes usually have heard of complications that can occur in the eyes and kidneys. Unfortunately problems can occur in the feet as well. All of these complications need diagnosis and monitoring. 

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Nail and skin maintenance for those that cannot manage these aspects of their life can become problematic and quickly become complicated in the form of ulceration, infection etc. NCP are expert at ‘keeping the simple things simple’.

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Standing, walking or climbing occupations like teaching and the building trades for example, develop conditions like ‘heel spur syndrome (plantar fasciitis)’, Achilles tendonitis and even ‘Tibialis posterior insufficiency’ just by being ...

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What is it? Prescription orthotic therapy is a managed podiatric treatment regime that includes specifically made custom inserts for footwear, together with exercise and activity prescription combined with a series of reviews on you the . . .

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NCP clinicians are trained in local anaesthesia and specific soft tissue surgical techniques and procedures to give a permanent cure to repatative or severely painful and or infected ingrown toe nails. These techniques are surprisingly painless . . .

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Many patients new to podiatry do present with good supportive footwear, some don’t. Footwear will be investigated at the time of the consultations and the NCP clinician will advise as to why existing shoes are fine or why an alternative is needed.

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