Gabrielle Hickman (B.Pod)
She is excited to be bringing her expertise and brand new clinic to Ballarat and surrounding areas. Specialising in lower limb care, you can expect a high quality, professional treatment coupled with a friendly, caring and confidential service from diagnoses to a tailor made treatment outcome. Gabrielle studied at La Trobe University and graduated in 2011. She has worked in the public and private sector in both the UK and Melbourne. Gabrielle has a special interest in nail surgery, biomechanics and diabetic foot care.
Accreditations and qualifications include:
OUR SPECIALISED SERVICES
People with diabetes are more at risk of developing foot problems. It is important to get your feet checked by a podiatrist at least once a year to ensure you maintain good foot health.
There are two main causes of foot issues that need to be monitored:
- Angiopathy – poor circulation
This involves a reduced blood flow to your legs and feet due to a narrowing or hardening of the blood vessels. This can lead to slower healing rates and increased risk of infection.
- Neuropathy – loss of feeling
This can include numbness, burning, pins and needles or itching present in the feet. This can be quite serious due to injuries such as cuts, abrasions or burns occurring without the person being aware.
Foot orthotics are inserts put into your shoes to improve foot function by supporting and realigning the foot.
Custom foot orthotics are made from a plaster impression of your feet to perfectly match your foot profile and give adequate support where it is required.
Custom orthotics provide a long term solution for many foot and lower leg issues.
- flat feet
- sever’s disease
- ingrown toenails
- in-toeing and toe walking
Dry needling can effectively treat tightness in areas such as the achilles and also plantar fasciitis and muscle strains.
- dry needling
- footwear advice
- strapping techniques
- orthotic therapy
- stretching programs
- use of night splints
Feel Free To Ask Any Questions You Have