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Dr. Helen Rees has treated a wide variety of foot related problems in elderly, adults, adolescents and children.
  • Persistent pain in feet or ankles.
  • Toe Nail Issues
  • Heal Pain
  • Cracking, blisters, peeling on heals, or feet
  • Poor circulation
  • Diabetic foot issues
  • Swelling in feet, or redness, tenderness, or burning.

Custom Made Orthotics

Orthotics allow the feet to gain biomechanical advantage and move the foot and lower leg more efficiently, and eliminate foot and lower leg pain.

Swift Microwave Planter Wart Treatment

Swift uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-Level Laser Therapy (phototherapy) is a modality that uses light energy on a specific wavelength to penetrate deep into tissue.

Custom Made Orthotics

What are orthotics?
A custom made orthotic is a prescribed corrective removable device that is placed in the shoes to hold the foot in a position to allow the joints, muscles and ligaments of your feet to function closer to their normal limits. This allows the feet to gain biomechanical advantage and move the foot and lower leg more efficiently, therefore eliminating foot and lower leg pain and ailments, e.g. plantar fasciitis, bunions, Achilles tendonitis.
Types of Orthotics
Custom orthotic devices come in varying shapes, sizes, and materials. There are three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. Orthotics can be soft shelled or semi rigid depending on the clinical presentation.
How does the Podiatrist take an impression?
Custom made orthotics are made to fit an individual’s unique foot structure. A full biomechanical assessment will be performed by the Podiatrist. A 3D cast of your feet will be taken either from a Plaster of Paris cast or 3D scanner.
Further information
Atlantic Podiatry will provide you with all the required documents for your insurance. Podiatrists are one of the only regulated health care professionals, trained specifically in diagnosing and analysing foot functions and prescribing orthotic devices.

Swift Microwave – Innovative Wart Treatment

How Does It Work?
The usual way warts are tackled by the body is as a result of keratinocytes in the skin activating dendritic cells so that T cells clear the infection.

In stubborn warts this healing process is interrupted so that the immune system is not alerted to their presence.

Swift microwave facilitates signaling between the skin and the immune system by stimulating the keratinocytes to activate dendritic cells. Also, it is thought the thermal reaction causes heat stress protein production stimulating a strong immune response.

The combined response provokes and promotes an immune response that leads to the shrinking and eventual disappearance of the verruca or wart.

What To Expect
The disposable/single use head attached to the Swift machine has a life of 15 minutes and so multiple sites can be treated during the same visit.

Most treatments are up to 5 seconds in length, some could be up to 10 seconds.

Discomfort maybe experienced ending as soon as the application finishes. Sensation will vary between individuals and there is rarely any lasting discomfort although tingling may be experienced at the site for 24hrs.

The Swift head is 7mm wide and larger warts will be treated in a series of overlapping applications.

There should be no scarring or other long term marking of the skin. In the days following treatment the warts may change colour, go dark and can look like a bruise.

Large warts may not disappear straightaway, but will reduce in thickness, or ‘de-bulk’, before resolving. Some warts simply peel off the foot.

Many resolve after three treatments although some may require more applications. It can take up to three months after the last Swift treatment for the warts to vanish as the immune response gathers pace.

How often?
Treatments are normally spaced from four to six weeks. This is to allow the immune system to work and the skin to regenerate.

It has been found that treatments closer together can bring benefit to the effectiveness of Swift but this should be discussed with your Podiatrist.

Precautions
If any of the following apply to you, speak to your Podiatrist before treatment –
▪ Metal pins, plates or replacement joints in the foot or ankle
▪ Pacemaker
▪ Poor or limited healing capacity
▪ Immune suppression
▪ Pregnancy or breast feeding. It is known that warts can increase in size during this period

If you would like further information about the Swift microwave treatment, wart treatment in general, or to make an appointment with one of our Podiatrists please call us on (506) 847-3668 and speak to our receptionist.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (Phototherapy)

What Is It?
Low-Level Laser Therapy (phototherapy) is a modality that uses light energy on a specific wavelength to penetrate deep into tissue.

This light energy is absorbed by the various tissues in the body (muscles, joints, ligaments) and is transferred into biochemical energy. As a result, there is a decrease in swelling, acceleration in healing time

Unique Healing Effects of MedX Phototherapy
  • Increased cell metabolism
  • Improved localized blood circulation
  • Development of collagen and muscle tissue
  • Relief from acute and chronic pain
  • Reduced localized inflammation and edema
  • Stimulation for wound healing and tissue repair
  • Stimulation of the immune system
  • Stimulation of nerve function
Does Laser Therapy Hurt?
No.  Low-Level Laser is painless.  Essentially Laser Therapy is light that is controlled at a specific intensity and wavelength, and then administered with a specific dose based on the condition and depth of tissue being treated. You may feel a slight warmth however if it feels to warm please let us know.

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Dr. Helen Rees has many years of experience treating a wide variety of foot related problems in elderly, adults, adolescents and children.