Bayside Foot Centre - Expect Excellence
Our team is lead by Sophie Kalountzoglou who has been a podiatrist for over 11 years and has given great consideration to which practitioners can join her team. Our reputation at Bayside Foot Centre is based on providing you with a service that is second to none.
We take the time to 'listen' to your concerns and then devise a specific treatment plan that is just right for you. For more detailed information about us, you can call us on 03 9521 0111 and one of our friendly reception staff will be happy to help you.
General Foot Care
We treat everything from corns and calluses to a very sore ingrown toenail, wart or skin infection - We are your 'go to' local foot doctors. If you have been putting up with sore bunions, a foot deformity or flat/high arched feet, then we are the experts in foot care that you have been looking for.
Gait Analysis is a technique we use to evaluate the way you walk or run to determine if you have any biomechanical anomalies.
People who would be suited to a gait analysis can range from young toddlers and children who complain of sore heels or constant tripping to an active runner with a lower limb or nerve injury.
Our clinic provides the latest in gait technology to assist us in the diagnosis of any biomechanical irregularities you may have. Once we have identified any discrepancies we will tailor a specific treatment plan which is suitable for you outlining all options available.
Video Gait Analysis:
Video gait analysis allows our experienced podiatrists to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your movement whilst walking, jogging and running. Any discrepancies in your biomechanics such as excess pronation, can be identified, analysed and used as a visual tool to demonstrate to the you where exactly the source of the problem lies. A tailored treatment plan will then be implemented specifically for you.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, legs hips or back, then you may need orthotics to help improve your foot posture and function.
Orthotics are insoles which are used to redistribute pressure on certain structures in your foot and lower legs and are needed for both the treatment and prevention of injuries. They are issued by a podiatrist after a full gait and biomechanical analysis has been performed. They come in various densities, ranging from a fairly rigid device to very flexible and soft, depending on your foot type, activity level, footwear and can be used on different feet types such as flat feet and high arched feet.
Our podiatrists are highly skilled in this area of podiatry, so whether you require an off-the-shelf device or a custom made orthotic specifically tailored to your requirements then we are the foot doctor to see.
Babies, toddlers, junior school children and high school teenagers can all benefit from podiatry treatment at Bayside Foot Centre. Some common children's foot symptoms which we diagnose and treat are flat feet, high arched feet, in-toeing, Severs (heel pain) and Osgood Schlatters (knee pain), ingrown-toenails and warts.
We offer a variety of treatment options, such as appropriate footwear advice, stretches and orthotics to help get your child back on their feet.
Our podiatrists are highly trained in assessing, diagnosing and managing the care of your child's foot/leg problems. We understand how daunting it can be for both parent and child to visit a doctor, and we therefore have a very relaxed and friendly approach when we see children.
Our friendly podiatrists are experts in their field in discussing and treating foot problems and therefore are the professionals you need to see to prescribe you the correct footwear for the activity you wish to wear them.
Perhaps you need some guidance in what to look for in a work shoe, golf shoe or a running shoe for instance. We have a list of local retailers who we regularly refer to, as we know firsthand that they not only offer great products, but also excellent service.
All of our foot doctors have extensive experience in prescribing footwear and are continuously attending footwear seminars to ensure they are up to date with the best in footwear brands and technology.
It is very hard to find the right footwear if you don't know what you are looking for!
For more detailed information or to make an appointment, call us today on 03 9521 0111 and one of our friendly reception staff Sue or Sally will be happy to talk to you.
Dry Needling is a technique performed by our podiatrists using very fine filament needles to help reduce pain by stimulating your muscle trigger points. It will cause you relatively minimal pain during insertion - patients often describe it as a 'strange sensation but not painful.'
Our experienced podiatrists have undergone extra study to be qualified to perform Dry Needling at our practice. We have a very gentle approach and allow the management plan which we prescribe, to be guided by what you are comfortable committing to.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then you are at an increased risk of experiencing foot problems.
We highly recommend that you come in every 6 months for a foot assessment to assess if you do have any foot problems which you may not have noticed yourself. Our podiatrists will feel for your foot pulses to check your circulation, and also assess your pressure sensitivity, vibration and reflexes to test the feeling in your feet.
We also carry out a fully physical examination to check for any ulcers, skin lesions, etc and to assess the risk of any potential future foot concerns.
Remember prevention is better than cure. If you have diabetes, then do the right thing by your feet and have them looked at by one of our friendly podiatrists.
Ingrown toenails can occur on either side of the toenail, predominantly on the big toenail and can be very painful. The affected area will usually be red, tender to touch and possibly infected. They are most commonly caused by poor cutting technique, a curved shape toenail or trauma to the toe.
Treatment for Ingrown Toenails
At Bayside Foot Centre we offer effective treatment solutions for your ingrowing toenails, which include either having your toenails professionally trimmed at regular appointments, or to have the ingrowing toenail permanently removed by one of our experienced podiatrists, during a simple surgical procedure called Corrective Nail Surgery.
Corrective Nail Surgery
Our podiatrists are very experienced in Corrective Nail Surgery, which is a minor procedure that they perform regularly using local anaesthetic at our clinic. It aims to permanently remove the offending ingrown toenail, and destroy the base of the nail where the offending nail spike was growing to avoid future re-occurrence. This procedure takes approximately one hour and you will be able to walk straight afterwards and drive yourself home. A surgical dressing will be applied and our podiatrist will explain the post-operative care plan to you carefully.
Sports Injury Management and Footwear Assessment:
Sports podiatry injuries include but are not limited to; shin splints, knee pain, ankle injuries, heel pain, arch pain, ball of foot pain, achilles pain and much more. At Bayside Foot Centre we are experts in our field at assessing, diagnosing and treating foot and lower limb overuse injuries. We also specialise in Mechanical Performance Enhancement to help reduce the risk of injury and to maximise performance. With our very own podiatrist Eleisha Lilley also being a longstanding triathlete herself, you can rest assured that you will be receiving expert advice from an athlete who has experienced and been exposed to these injuries first hand.
Medical Imaging: X-Rays, Ultrasound & MRI
Our podiatrists have referral rights for x-ray and ultrasound examinations so that you are entitled to a Medicare rebate from your medical imaging provider. We can also refer for MRI through private medical imaging providers.
Additional Services Provided By Steve Edwards
Cortisone Injection Therapy
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that can be injected into areas of the foot or ankle to reduce pain and inflammation. It can also be used to break down scar tissue, or to treat various tumours such as ganglions, bursa, or neuroma.
Some people are concerned with the idea of having a 'steroid' injected into them. Cortisone is not an anabolic steroid, such as the types abused by body-builders and athletes. In fact, cortisone is a naturally occurring hormone found in all mammals. A cortisone injection simply puts a high dose into a small area to reduce symptoms.
Examples of conditions treated with cortisone injections:
A cortisone injection is a powerful treatment for stubborn heel pain that has been resistant to orthotics or other treatments. It is injected to the site of maximum pain and can break down scar tissue that may have developed if your heel pain has been present for a long time.
A small local anaesthetic injection is administered behind your ankle bone so that this cortisone injection is painless.
Arthritic Joint Pain:
Cortisone can be administered to painful arthritic joints to provide up to 6 months of reduced pain.
Morton's neuroma is a painful condition where the nerve between the 'knuckles' of your feet becomes pinched and swollen, resulting in numb toes, sharp stabbing pain or a dull 'ache'. Cortisone has been shown to be an effective treatment for this condition in clinical trials.
Ankle pain can be complex and long lasting. Some people describe pain years after an initial injury. Cortisone therapy is an effective way of reducing ankle joint pain and shrinking any scar tissue adhesions that may have developed in your ankle joint.
Bursitis & Gangions:
These benign tumours of the foot can range from being painless to intolerable. Cortisone can be injected into them directly to shrink them and to reduce pain and inflammation.
Fungal Nail Treatment
Steve is one of 1.25% of podiatrists who are able to prescribe the oral anti fungal pill, which is the current gold standard treatment for fungal nails and stubborn tinea. This pill is safe, generally well tolerated, and inexpensive when compared to the alternative treatments available on the market.
Full Nerve and Circulation Testing
Steve provides comprehensive nerve and blood vessel checks that examine each individual artery, vein, and nerve in your feet. It involves 12 separate diagnostic tests and is validated by the National Health Service (NHS) and American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
This examination is capable of diagnosing blocked arteries, diseased nerves, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetes-related foot damage, and other pathologies.
Permanent Wart Removal
Warts can be physically removed under local anaesthetic via a small procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. This permanently cures foot warts in the majority of patients and you can walk immediately after the procedure.
Permanent cure of multiple warts
Some people suffer from multiple foot warts that have been resistant to different types of treatments. Steve can administer a one-off treatment that is performed under local anaesthetic. It is the current gold standard treatment for multiple warts and is common practice in the United States and United Kingdom. Pain following the procedure is minor and you can return to normal activities within about 2 days. The majority of patients (70%) had full resolution of their warts approximately 8-weeks after this procedure.
Some people experience nerve pain in their feet or legs, often following some trauma or injury. this pain can be debilitating and there may be a slight colour difference between your feet. Steve is trained in various conservative measures to treat this type of pain and he can provide detailed information as to its management.
Foot Surgery Information
Steve has worked along side foot and ankle surgeons for many years and is a current affiliate member of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS). He can provide surgical information to those considering surgery on their feet or ankles.
Some people don't like the thought of undergoing treatment for their foot problem, especially when attending for 'serious' things like injections and minor surgery. Steve is qualified to issue various anti-anxiety and relaxant medication to ensure that your visit is as comfortable as possible.
Steve Is qualified to prescribe 53 different prescription medications that are used in the treatment of various foot and ankle conditions.