Tiarna visits Podiatric surgeon Dr Damian Lafferty to discuss Partial nail avulsion for ingrown Toenails and Plantar fascial release for Plantar fasciitis.

Footprints Podiatry Salamander Bay podiatrist Tiarna Bilham Cox recently travelled to Sydney to further her expertise in podiatric surgery with Dr Damian Lafferty, a renowned podiatric surgeon. While with Dr. Lafferty, Tiarna observed various surgeries, including Partial Nail Avulsions and different types of surgeries for bunions, claw toes, and hammer toes. Tiarna also gained a deeper understanding of plantar fascial releases and the associated surgery and healing times.

Partial Nail Avulsion

Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) is a surgical procedure commonly used to treat ingrown toenails. It involves the removal of the outer edge of the toenail, along with a small portion of the underlying nail bed. This procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia in an outpatient setting and is a safe and effective way to treat ingrown toenails. Our podiatrists at Salamander Bay podiatry clinic, soldiers point podiatry clinic and Mayfield podiatry clinic are trained to perform PNAs when necessary to treat ingrown toenail issues.

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail, causing pain, swelling, and redness. Tight-fitting shoes, improper nail trimming, or trauma to the toe typically cause this condition. Conservative treatments, such as soaking the toe in warm water and wearing open-toed shoes, can provide temporary relief but may not be sufficient in severe cases. In such cases, a Partial Nail Avulsion may be the best option for long-term relief. A visit to a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment option is recommended.

Plantar fascial releases

Plantar fascial releases are another surgical option for patients suffering from plantar fasciitis, a common foot condition that causes pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed. This condition is typically treated with conservative measures such as rest, ice, stretching exercises, orthotics, and cortisone injections. However, in some cases, these treatments may not provide sufficient relief. During her time with Dr. Lafferty, Tiarna gained a better understanding of this surgical procedure and the associated healing times.

Plantar Fascial Release (PFR) may be recommended when conservative measures fail to treat the root cause of the pain. This surgical procedure involves releasing the plantar fascia from the heel bone, thereby reducing tension and pressure on the tissue. This procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia in an outpatient setting and is a safe and effective way to treat plantar fasciitis.

PFR is typically reserved for cases where conservative treatments have failed, and the patient continues to experience significant pain and discomfort. This procedure may be particularly effective for patients with tight plantar fascia or a high arch.

At Footprints Podiatry Salamander Bay, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and the latest techniques and technologies in podiatry. Tiarna’s experience with Dr Lafferty has allowed her to further this commitment and provide our patients with the best possible care.

We are proud to have Tiarna as a member of our podiatry team and look forward to the continued growth and development of her skills as a podiatrist. If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, contact Footprints Podiatry Salamander Bay or Mayfield Family Podiatry to schedule an appointment with Tiarna or one of our other skilled podiatrists today.

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