What is involved in our assessment clinics?

Here at Tralee/Killarney Podiatry Clinic we strive to achieve the best results possible as such we provide a wide range of treatment options each chosen to best suit your needs. Foot pain can affect anyone as such we treat people from all walks of life.

Sports Podiatry


Sports podiatrist analyse the way an individuals' foot strikes the ground and evaluate its impact on the other joints.

Through biomechanical assessment and testing they can determine if your leg alignment and stability are sufficient for performing particular sport and if there are any mechanical reasons contributing to your injury.

Specialist Children Gait Assessment


We give straightforward, honest advice on feet & what's best for your children. Our podiatrists are up to date with the latest research about children's foot & lower limb conditions, in particular relating to gait (walking style) & postural control (gross motor skill development). We enjoy helping & treating children, of all ages move well and stay active. We commonly see children withdrawing from day-to-day activity and exercise because of sore, tired or painful feet & legs. We look at how to improve any pain a child may experience & to adjust their alignment to reduce the risk of pain or future foot or lower limb deformities. We treat your children's:
Flat Feet and Fallen Arches
Gait (walking related problems)
Foot, heel, ankle, shin, knee, hip and back issues
In-toeing / Out-toeing
Limb length differences
Sports Injuries
Hammer Toes
Bunions

Diabetic Foot Assessment


Diabetes in recent years has turned into a global epidemic and has profound effects on the body. Incredibly the feet can be one of the first indicators of any complications occurring as a result of the diabetes. The most common complications of diabetes seen in the lower limb are Peripheral Vascular Disease (Poor Circulation), Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) and slow healing which can head to ulceration and in severe cases amputation.

Podiatrists have an essential role in diabetic foot health by assessing, preventing, treating and educating those patients with Diabetes. As such the HSE and the World Health Organisation recommend for a diabetic to visit a podiatrist to have their feet assessed at least once annually.

Biomechanical Assessment


What is biomechanics? Biomechanics is the science of movement of a living body, including how muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments work together to produce movement. As much the biomechanics of the foot can have a chain reaction effect on the overall alignment of the body. As you can imagine any malalignment in the feet can alter the foot's biomechanics and cause pain throughout the body. As such the Podiatrist will analyse the way you walk, assessing your overall gait patterns, as well as checking for muscles activation and joint range of motions.

Video Gait Analysis


Video Gait Analysis helps us to get a clearer picture at how your foot moves through each stage of your gait, allowing us to order the most appropriate prescription orthotic to realign your foot to reduce any pain.

Injury Rehabilitation


Coming back from an injury can be a long and laborious process, our podiatrist is here is guide you through the best methods of rehabilitation and will look into how to prevent further injuries in the future.

Custom-Made Prescription Casted Orthoses


Orthotics are commonly prescribed as a preventative and treatment tools to avoid further foot and ankle pain or further progression of a foot deformity. The aim of a custom-made orthotic is to improve your gait by adjusting your alignment to optimise the dynamic function of your feet.

Here at Tralee/Killarney Podiatry Clinic if deemed the most appropriate treatment method following a biomechanical assessment the podiatrist will take a cast of your feet using plaster of paris, which will be sent off to a Orthotic Lab along with your personalised prescription for a custom-made orthotic to be made from the cast of your foot.

Footwear Advice


Often shoes are bought with little regard to how a shoe is meant to support you through your daily activities.

To properly assess the best type of footwear for you, it is important for the podiatrist to have completed a biomechanical assessment and to question you on your activities to allow the podiatrist to have a better comprehension of what characteristics of a show would suit you best.

What is treated in our General Podiatry clinics?


Verruca


Often mistaken as a corn, Verruca Pedis is in fact a contagious wart that appears as a circular cauliflower-like shaped callus with black dots inside caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which can be very painful. Verruca Pedis can affect all ages but is most commonly seen in children and adolescents.


Ingrown Toenails


Ingrown toenails are one of the most common and most painful conditions affecting the toes and left untreated can lead to infection. Here at Tralee/Killarney Podiatry Clinic we conservatively manage this condition by simply trimming the nail and cutting the offending spicule of nail.


Corns


Heloma Durum or more commonly known as corns are caused due to a constant increase of pressure and friction forces to a localised area of the foot. Corns can occur on any weight-bearing surface of the foot or in between the toes. Unlike callus a corn is embedded within the skin and required a scalpel technique to be effectively be removed. Many believe the removal of a corn to be a painful process. In fact the vast majority of patients find it to be a pain free experience and after removal, patients report there to be an instant relief. Avoid where possible treatment methods such as corn caps/plasters as these contain an acid that can be harmful especially to diabetic patients and can make the problem worse.


Callouses


Callus is a layer of thickened dead skin as a result of intermittent high levels of pressure and friction or irritation and can be quite painful.