All chiropody treatment is based upon a philosophy of creating a safe, comfortable and healthy environment. All our procedures are carried out using a combination of traditional and latest techniques.
Corns, hard skin and in-growing toenails can be very painful conditions. These as well as other conditions can be treated by traditional Chiropody techniques.
You will be given a thorough examination of your feet including a full medical history and Neuro-Vascular assessment of the lower limbs.
The appropriate treatment will be administered along with a treatment plan and advice to help avoid further problems.
Cross-infection control is of paramount importance to us. All instruments are routinely cleaned and then sterilised along with all work surfaces and equipment. Wherever possible disposable, single use items are used.
Corns & Calluses
Corns are thick and hardened skin which always occurs over a bony prominence, such as a joint. There are five different types of corns – hard corns, soft corns, seed corns, vascular corns and fibrous corns. The two most common are hard and soft corns.
These are the most common and appear as small, concentrated areas of hard skin up to the size of a small pea, usually within a wider area of thickened skin or callous, and can be symptoms of feet or toes not functioning properly.
These develop in a similar way to hard corns. They are whitish and rubbery in texture, and appear between toes, where the skin is moist from sweat, or from inadequate drying. A registered podiatrist/chiropodist will be able to reduce the bulk of the corn, and apply astringents to cut down on sweat retention between the toes.
A callus, or callosity, is an extended area of thickened skin on the soles of the feet, and occurs on areas of pressure. It is the body's reaction to pressure or friction, and can appear anywhere the skin rubs against a bone, a shoe, or the ground.
These can be either skin or nail fungal infections ; the commonest skin fungal infection is Athlete’s Foot which can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin, redness and scaling. It can occur on moist, waterlogged skin especially between the fourth and fifth toes, or on dry, flaky skin around the heels or elsewhere on the foot.
Fungal nail infections affect the nail bed and can cause thickening and discoloration (yellow nails) of the deformed nail which can also become brittle and split.
A verruca is simply a wart that is usually found on the soles of your feet, though they can also appear around the toes. In the early stages, a verruca looks like a small, dark, puncture mark but later turns grey or brown. It may become rough and bumpy with a cauliflower-like appearance and may develop a black spot in the middle, which is caused by bleeding. A verruca can grow to half an inch in diameter and may spread into a cluster of small warts.
Nails can become thickened usually as a result of damage, and or neglect, for example wearing ill -fitting shoes. The condition may be made worse by the presence of a fungal infection, which will also make the nail “crumbly”. When the nail is thick it can become very uncomfortable and will often press on your shoe or dig into other toes. It may be seen on single or multiple toes, often depending on the cause.
Ingrown/Ingrowing Toe Nails
An ingrowing toenail is one that pierces the flesh of the toe. It can feel as if you have a splinter, and can be extremely painful. In more severe cases, it can cause infection and bleeding. Ingrowing toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too. A nail that is curling (involuted or convoluted) into the flesh, but isn’t actually piercing the skin isn't an ingrowing toenail, but can feel very painful and also appear red and inflamed as well.