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April 2021              (07) 3846 4800             2B, 90 Vulture Street, WEST END 4101
The team at Performance Podiatry & West End Physio present an April update!
April is here, the days are getting cooler,  and we have had some changes here at Performance Podiatry and West End Physio.

Jaya, our amazing physiotherapist, is now offering reformer Pilates along side the wonderful Kate. This means that we now offer availability Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday!

If you are interested, make sure to give us a call or book online to start you on the road to feeling stronger and better aligned today.

This month, in our endeavor to keeping your feet as healthy as can be, we wanted to raise awareness on something we are seeing a lot of in clinic at the moment. The pesky plantar wart!
Plantar Wart

 
What is a plantar wart?
 A plantar wart, also known as a verruca,  is a wart that occurs on the bottom of the foot or in-between the toes.

Plantar warts are caused by a virus known as HPV. The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. 


How will I know if I have a plantar wart?
You will notice:
  • A relatively small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth or 'spot' on the bottom of your foot. There can be just one or many, as warts tend to mulitply.
  • Warts are generally more painful to pinch than to press.
  • They will have small black specks on their surface. These are the wart's blood vessels. 

Why did I get it?
Warts are known as an 'opportunist infection', which means they target those who do not have a full strength immune system.
Therefore, the at risk population are:
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Pregnant ladies
  • People who are immunocompromised or on immunosuppressant medication.
You are more likely to contract a wart if you walk barefoot in a common-area such as; swimming pools, locker rooms or shared showers.

How do you test for a plantar wart?
Your podiatrist will normally be able to diagnose a wart by assessing it and by asking you specific questions. If in doubt, they will ask you to have ultrasound which rules out other conditions, such as corns or foreign bodies.


How do you treat it?
The podiatrist will  remove the dead skin that lays on top of the wart, then apply a treatment to damage the wart.

By damaging the wart we are reducing it's size but also creating an immune response, saying to the body, 'Hey! There is something here that needs your attention.'

There are many different treatments that can be applied,  but your podiatrist will decide which will will work best for you at your appointment. 

How can I prevent getting a wart?
Like all conditions, prevention is the best form of treatment. Making sure you are wearing thongs in common areas will act as a barrier between your foot and a potential plantar wart. 
 
Get Your Archies Instore!
 
Ditch the old thongs and get wearing the podiatrist approved Archies arch support thongs today for just $35.
We Are Now Offering Reformer Pilates!

Our hours are as follows:

Tuesday: 
10am-11am with Kate
5:30pm - 6:30pm with Jaya

Wednesday:
10:30am-11:30am with Jaya

Friday:
1pm-2pm with Jaya


You can book your appointment by calling our office on 3846 4800.
A Dad Joke to Finish
I have this wart...
I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me.
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