Services

Sports Podiatry and Running Gait Assessment

At the Hong Kong Foot Clinic we perform gait analysis and running technique training which will help prevent you from getting injured, recover from existing injury and increase performance.

We will also provide footwear advice and assess whether orthotic intervention is required to help improve running gait function/efficiency or treat a current injury.

Common Sports Injuries that we treat at the Hong Kong Foot Clinic are:
• Heel Pain
• Heel Spurs
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Morton’s Neuroma
• Ankle Pain
• Knee Pain
• Hip Pain
• Chronic Lower Back Pain
• Stress fractures
• Shin Splints
• Sever’s Disease

Orthotics

Hong Kong Foot Clinic offers a variety of styles of Orthotics ranging from Full Customised Orthotics, Hybrid Orthotics and Prefabricated Orthotics. Orthotics are commonly prescribed for:
• Heel Pain/Heel Spurs/Plantar Fasciitis
• Shin Splints
• Stress Fractures
• Sever’s Disease
• Morton’s Neuroma
• Ankle Pain
• Knee Pain
• Hip Pain
• Chronic Lower Back Pain

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a common and painful foot condition that can affect patients of any age. Ingrown toenails are generally caused by a wide or involuted nail, trauma (usually caused from tight fitting footwear), excessive sweating or poor nail cutting technique.

Treatment of ingrown toenails generally only involves conservative management and education. However, in chronic/recurrent cases either a Partial Nail Avulsion or Total Nail Avulsion Surgery may be required. In these circumstances our Podiatrist will remove either a small portion or all of the affected toenail with the aid of local anaesthetic and chemically cauterize the nail root to stop the offending piece of nail from re-growing.

General Foot Care

At the Hong Kong Foot Clinic we are well aware of the importance of general foot care. We understand the discomfort of an ingrown toenail, callouses, corns or excessively sweating feet. We pride ourselves on quick resolution of such painful and embarrassing conditions and providing long term solutions.

Plantar Wart/Verruca/Papilloma Treatment

Plantar Warts are painful and highly contagious viral skin infections. Other names for plantar warts are Verruca or Papilloma. At the Hong Kong Foot Clinic we offer a number of different effective treatment options for plantar warts and management depends on the region, size and number of warts.

Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain in adults/athletes is most commonly caused by Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a structural change to the plantar fascial band caused from repetitive load, resulting in pain and inflammation in the region. Most commonly patients will notice pain in the heel or arch when first weight-bearing after sleeping or sitting for extended periods. The most common risk factors for people developing this condition are excessively pronating feet, working on hard surfaces, people over 40years, athletes and high Body Mass Index(BMI).

Treatment of Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis at the Hong Kong Foot Clinic will depend on the pain level, how acute or chronic the condition is and activity/work conditions. Treatment can sometimes involve footwear advice, strapping, rest, orthotics and manual therapy.

Paediatrics/Children

Children’s feet are very different to that to a full grown adult foot. Up until the age of three, children’s feet are changing from cartilage to bone, which means that healthy feet can be easily influenced by abnormal pressure, such as poor biomechanics and shoes which are too small or lacking support.
It is important that if any abnormal foot mechanics, painful feet or legs, excessive tripping or unusual skin growths are assessed by a Podiatrist. At the Hong Kong Foot Clinic we assess what is within the “normal” limits of children’s foot function and health and determine the best treatment option moving forward.

Some of the many conditions we regularly see in Children:
• Metatarsus Adductus (banana shaped foot)
• Toe walking
• Intoed walking (Pigeon Toed)
• Outoed walking (Duck walking)
• Juvenile Bunions
• Flat feet/High Arches
• Accessory bones
• Sever’s Disease/Painful heels
• Iselin’s condition/Painful bump on the side of the foot
• Knee Pain
• Shin Splints
• Coalitions (Bones developing fused)
• Warts/Papillomas
• Ingrown toenails
• Curled toes/Claw Toes

Diabetes Management

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes is disease which results in high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.

There are three main types of diabetes mellitus- Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes. All types of diabetes can have a significant impact on foot health.

Podiatrists are involved in the management of foot health in people with diabetes for two main reasons.

• High sugar levels can cause significant occlusion to the blood vessels that supply blood to the feet. This can result in delayed healing of tissue, thereby increasing the risk of infection and ulcers.

• High sugar levels can cause significant damage to the nerves that innovate the feet. This can result in reduction/complete loss of sensation in the feet making them susceptible to cuts, pressure ulcers and infection.

It is important that people with diabetes have at the least an annual diabetes foot assessment to determine the health of the peripheral nerves and blood supply.

Podiatrists at the Hong Kong Foot Clinic can then educate and provide a diabetes foot health management plan subject to the clients risk status.