Chilblains

Winter is Chilblain Season! Let Us Help!

What are chilblains? Chilblains are sores that develop on the skin, usually as a result of cold temperatures or poor circulation. The areas on your body most at risk are your fingers and toes because of all the very small blood vessels in these areas. Chilblains can feel hot, itchy, swollen and at times, painful. If left unmanaged, the skin can break, causing them to become wounds which need professional treatment.

What You Can Do

There are several ways that you can help treat chilblains from your own home. These include;

Keep your body as warm as possible and ensure warm socks are worn at all times.

Gentle exercise will help increase blood flow to the feet

Avoid smoking – will decrease your circulation

Avoid itching – if the skin breaks it can create a wound.

Use ointments that help increase blood flow to the area – ask your podiatrist or pharmacist for a recommendation

Some of the ways we can help:

If your chilblains break or become sore, make an appointment ASAP. We may have to clean the wound and provide protective dressings to encourage healing. We may also have to use a wax bath which consists of putting wax on the feet and wrapping them up for a short period of time to help increase blood flow to the feet. They are also very enjoyable to have done, especially in the cold weather!

To make an appointment online click a Book Online Now button or alternatively, to speak with one of our staff please call (03) 9939 1012

What To Expect In Your Consult:

At Sole Podiatry you initial consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly.

We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation. This plan will clarify whether any future consults will be required and what frequency.

FAQ’s

What can I expect at an appointment?
Do I need a referral?
Do you bulk bill?
How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?
What is your cancellation policy?
What can I expect at an appointment?

Your consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly. We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation.

Do I need a referral?

There is no requirement to supply a referral from your doctor to see a Podiatrist.

With that said, if you have been referred, please bring a copy of the referral letter.

Do you bulk bill?

We bulk bill pension card holders with a valid EPC referral (Chronic disease management plan) from their GP. For non-pension card holder with this type of referral, our consult fees apply, and you can claim a rebate from Medicare (there is a small gap fee)

How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?

The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for. The treatment and rehabilitation of conditions will vary widely however after an initial consultation your podiatrist will be able to provide a recovery framework for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

We appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations when possible. However we know the unexpected can often happen, so a courtesy phone call if you are going to miss an appointment is always appreciated.

An appointment which is cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice, may incur a fee of 50% of the consult rate.

If you miss an appointment, without giving notice, then the full rate of the appointment may be charged.

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