About

The Foot Stop is a Gold Coast based mobile podiatry service that offers the care of a podiatry clinic in the comfort of your own home. We are a small family business who recognise the need for community and home-based podiatry services in the region. Our podiatrists are AHPRA registered and have experience providing excellent podiatric care for patients from all walks of life. Our services have proven to be especially helpful for those with transport difficulties, the elderly and busy professionals who cannot get to a clinic within normal hours.

Our Team

Learn all about our team of passionate podiatrists and admin staff

 

Location

 The Foot Stop is based on the Southern Gold Coast. We have a clinic in Elanora, and provide home visit services from Brisbane right down to the Northern Rivers – including:

Runaway Bay, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid, Miami, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Coolangatta, Tugun, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Casuarina, Cabarita, Pottsville, Murwillumbah, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Byron Bay, Ballina and all the places in between!

The Foot Stop can also provide podiatry care for Residential Aged Care Facilities and Over 50’s Establishments – please contact us with your needs and we will be happy to help out!

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Services

We provide quality podiatric care for those who find it difficult to attend an external clinic. This service is particularly
beneficial to the elderly and disabled but can also be very helpful for busy parents, shift workers and anyone with limited
time or transportation. The Foot Stop can provide the same services as a traditional podiatry clinic within the comfort of home, including:

  • – General Foot Care: Toenails, Corns, Calluses
  • – Ingrown Toenails
  • – Diabetic and Chronic Disease Foot Care
  • – Vascular and Neurological testing
  • – Customised Orthotics and Innersoles
  • – Footwear Advice
  • – Treatment of Paediatric (Children’s) Feet and Lower Limb issues (including in-toeing)
  • – Sports Injuries and rehabilitation
Cancellation Policy
Our administration team work hard to schedule your podiatry visits and ensure that each appointment is confirmed via SMS, phone call or email. We ask that you please provide us with at least 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel your appointment. Appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee of up to 100% of the appointment cost.
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Vascular and Neurological Testing

 The human lower limbs are richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. Their integrity may be affected by trauma or chronic illnesses such as diabetes and arthritis.

DM eats at the nerves and vessels silently and expertly. Screening for vascular and nerve damage is essential because the damage is often irreversible and with far-reaching effects such as amputation. The goal is to nip this in the bud.

Who should have vascular and neurological testing?

Typically, people with DM, vascular disease, poor blood flow, the elderly, smokers and those with symptoms such as numbness, coldness, cramping, and slow healing are advised to perform these tests.

Some form of testing should be done at every opportunity to see a podiatrist. These tests require skills and specialised instruments or devices. The vascular and nervous components are usually tested separately.

Podiatrists would usually begin with a general visual assessment to pick up signs of impending or established damage like shiny overlying skin, paleness, or hair loss.

Typically, a question and answer session would usually come before testing. This will be useful in making a diagnosis and for focused assessment.

Your podiatrist will look at, feel and move the lower limbs as part of the assessment.

Neurological assessment involves testing a range of sensations to ensure intactness. This would involve testing with a monofilament device, a tendon hammer for reflexes, and a tuning fork for the vibration sense.

Other sensations such as pain, pressure, light touch and joint position sense are tested [1].

Derangements may now prompt further testing and intervention.

Vascular assessment

Vascular testing checks the lower limb blood circulation. Vascular assessment is usually three-pronged.

It begins with looking for worrisome physical signs. Then, the pulses of the lower limb are felt. The coldness of the extremities and tenderness may be detected by touch.

The podiatrist then goes ahead to measure the ankle-brachial index (ABI). The ABI is the standard used to gauge circulation in the foot.

A Doppler device may be used to assess blood flow which will detect any areas of vascular narrowing [2].

Only well-perfused tissues are healthy. Poor blood flow slows wound healing and predisposes to infections and gangrene. This may ultimately lead to serious foot disorders or worse still, amputation.

Amputation can have devastating, physical, psychological and occupational effects. Wouldn’t it be better to avoid it in the first place?

Looking for top-notch disease foot care in the Gold Coast? Check out The Foot Stop. See your podiatrist today!

REFERENCES

  1. Neurovascular Foot Assessment. AC Podiatry. https://acpodiatry.com.au/service/neurovascular-foot-assessment/. Accessed 22-09-2020.
  2. How To Perform A Thorough Vascular Exam. Daniel Halloran, Peter Blume, and Michael Palladino. Podiatry Today. https://www.podiatrytoday.com/article/7074. Accessed 22-09-2020.
  3. The Foot Stop. https://thefootstop.com.au/. Accessed 22-09-2020.

Appointments

The Foot Stop is able to provide treatment for patients via Medicare (CDM), Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Private funding. We work with a large number of Home Care Providers to provide podiatry services through Home Care Packages (HCP), Commonwealth Home Support Packages (CHSP) and Short Term Restorative Care (STRC). We are registered providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

No referral is required for an appointment, contact The Foot Stop using the form or contact details below.

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E: info@thefootstop.com.au

P: 07 5658 1199 F: 07 5520 4395

 

4/2 Saffron St, Elanora

Queensland, 4221

 

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