What we treat
We treat and alleviate common foot problems, please contact us on 01772 679222 for further information and advice on our treatments.
Common foot conditions that we treat:
Hammer/ Mallet/ Claw toe
Ingrown toe nail
Foot aches and pains
Toe nail correction
Expert Care and Treatment of Chronic Foot Diseases and Conditions
Callous and Corns
Corns and callous are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Careful removal of the thickened areas of skin by a scalpel or a mild caustic preparation may be used to normalise the skin tissues. Advice will be given regarding suitable footwear or any necessary padding or silicone devices to allievate stress onto the foot.
Verrucae are warts which are usually found on the sole of the foot and caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) of which there are over 100 types. Verrucae can be uncomfortable, especially on weight bearing areas or when callus forms over the top of them.
There are several treatment options available including Cryotherapy (Freezing), Acid based treatments and Needling.
The virus thrives in wet conditions such as swimming pools and communal changing areas and they are contagious through person to person contact.
Some precautions in preventing verrucae.
Don't touch other people's verrucae
Don't share towels, shoes or socks
Weat flip-flops in communal areas
If you have verrucae cover with waterproof plaster when you go swimming.
Ingrowing and Involuted Toe Nails
Ingrowing toe nails occur when the edges or corners of your nails curve and start to grow into the skin next to the nail. Treatment includes careful cutting of the nail to remove pressure and to strengthen and straighten the nail.
Fungal Nail Infections
Nail fungus begins as a white or yellow spot under the nail. The fungal infection can spread quickly causing the nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge and even start to lift off the nail bed. Treatment can include removing as much as the infected nail as possible so topical treatments can reach the infection more effectively. Suitable topical treatments are recommended to kill the source of the fungus and to help new healthy nail grow through.
We also offer aesthetic toe nail correction for fungal nail infections, where a gel is used to create a new false nail to create an attractive appearance whilst the new healthy nail grows back. Please click here to read more about this cosmetic treatment.
Hammer/Mallet and Claw Toe
Mallet, hammer, and claw toes are often caused by wearing poor fitting shoes which jams the toes against the shoe and causes one or more joints to bend into an odd position. Corns and callous can often also grow due to the bent toe rubbing against your shoe. We recommend anti-inflammatory treatment and treatment to any dematological condition present such as corns. Padding or a silicone rubber device may given to protect the site and advice will be given regarding suitable footwear.
The foot joints affected by gout can become very red, swollen, painful and tender to touch. An episode of gout will usually last about one week. It is possible for considerable periods of time to pass between episodes of gout. However, if not managed well, episodes of gout can become more severe and frequent. We offer assistance with footwear modifications to protect joints that are affected by gout to help manage the condition effectively.
Psoriasis present on the feet is commonly red and scaley skin with blisters. We will remove areas of hard, scaley, patchy skin and recommend suitable footwear advice to alleviate pressure on the affected area. Topical creams are often used to manage your skin condition on the feet.
Dermatitis and Eczema present in the feet can cause swelling, redness, itchiness, blisters or cracks in the skin, We often recommend suitable topical creams to help keep the skin as moist as possible to prevent itching and further inflammation.
Diabetes can affect your circulation, leading to you getting less blood supply to your feet which can lead to problems with cuts and sores healing and possibly cramps and pain in your legs or feet.
It is important to get these problems treated so they don't lead to foot ulcers and infections. A professional routine chiropody foot checkup will keep any problems at bay.