Meet Helen Strydom!
I am a registered Podiatrist who qualified as a Podiatrist in 1987.
I am working in Private Practice part-time as well as being employed at Steve Biko Academic Hospital since 1990 where I work in a multidisciplinary team with other Allied Health Care Professionals.
I have been invited to be a speaker at various congresses, conferences and other faculties within the hospital. I am registered with the HPCSA, BHF and Centre of Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Who do podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists see children walking with toe in/out gait abnormalities, toe walkers, knock knees or bowlegs, fallen arches or flat feet, toes overlapping or underlying, growth plate disorders, to name few. These are treated early in order to prevent further complications later in life.
Podiatrists treat common foot ailments ranging from dermatological problems like calluses, corns, plantar warts, fungal infections including the nails, as well as ingrown toe nails. Podiatrists can also correct ingrown toe nails permanently by means of nail surgery. Podiatrists treat and assess
conditions like Plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis, pain in the ball of the feet, Bunions and lower leg ailments like Shin Splints and knee problems. We assess shoe wear as well as make customized
neutral controlled orthotics.
As we get older we are more likely to experience pain in the feet, knees or lower limbs which can be
due to arthritis, circulatory problems, Diabetes, incorrect foot wear and occupational hazards. Thus
podiatrists not only treat the corns, calluses, thick, deformed, fungal nails and ingrown toe nails but
provide customized cushioning innersoles and orthotics.
Diabetics and Vascular Patients:
Podiatrists play a key role in helping patients manage their diabetic foot related complications to
prevent foot ulcers and amputations from occurring. This involves regular screening; routine foot
care of calluses and nail; debridement and treatment of ulcers; insert/shoe recommendations.
Podiatrists can asses and treat sports injuries that are due to biomechanical problems and overuse injuries by means of assessing the shoes and providing customized neutral controlled orthotics to alleviate the symptoms of following conditions:
● Knee injuries
● Ankle sprains
● Shin splints
● Nail injuries
● Achilles Tendinitis
● Blisters, Athletes foot
● Plantar fasciitis
● Morton’s toe