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Routine footcare

Includes an initial assessment of your foot structure and identifies any parts of the feet which may become problematic.  
 
All nails are tidied and shaped with the treatment of common nail problems;

 

  • thickened

  • discoloured

  • fungal

  • ingrown nail (with local anaesthetic if necessary).

 

Any hard skin will be gently reduced and corns removed.  Advice will be given on how to prevent future problems.  

 

You will be advised as to whether continued routine footcare is the best treatment plan for your feet.

Biomechanics, sports injuries & orthotics

Biomechanics describes the way in which the skeleton is aligned and what effect it has on the surrounding soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles.  

 

Podiatrists are trained to examine the lower limb to assess whether the position of the feet is causing an alignment problem within the body.

 

A biomechanical assessment involves testing the range of motion of all the joints in the lower limb.  It also includes a gait analysis to examine the way in which the feet contact the ground.  Once measurements have been taken, you will be advised as to whether orthoses are likely to help your problem.

 

Please see our Biomechanics page for more information.

Verruca treatment

Verrucae are one of the most common foot problems among children and adults.  In all cases, it is necessary to attend for an initial consultation where the severity of the verrucae are assessed to determine the most appropriate treatment. 

 

Our podiatrists can remove overlying hardened skin to relieve discomfort.  You will then be advised as to whether a course of treatments would help in reducing the verrucae.  

 

We generally advise a course of treatment with a strong acid such as salicylic acid or cryotherapy such as liquid nitrogen.

 

If this is the case, most patients attend on a weekly-fortnightly basis to ensure effective results from the treatment.

 

If you have a more persistent verruca which has been resistent to other therapies, we can also offer dry needling or electrosugery.

Diabetic screening

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is possible that you could develop complications in your feet.  We carry out checks to reduce the risk of these complications by assessing your foot health eg blood supply, sensation, and deformity.

 

Making a regular appointment with your podiatrist can be a positive way to ensure good diabetic foot health.  You will be given advice on daily foot care to further reduce the risk of problems arising.

 

Currently, Diabetes UK is raising awareness of the importance of foot care and have produced an excellent tool for patients or carers called 'Touch the toes test'.  Further advice is also available from the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.

Nail surgery

In some cases, attempts to resolve 'ingrown' toenails are not successful ie if the nail bed has been damaged or if your nail is shaped wrongly.  Therefore you may be advised that nail surgery is necessary to resolve your nail problem.  

 

This is a short procedure using a local anaesthetic and you will be advised as to whether you require the whole or part of the nail removed.  Following surgery, patients are required to attend for dressing appointments.

 

Dry needling & Electrosurgery

We offer more advanced methods of treating persistent corns and verrucae if conventional treatments have not been successful.

 

Both procedures require a local anaesthetic to allow a deeper treatment either using needling therapy to disrupt the local infection or a probe to actively dry the lesion and destroy the verruca cells.  

 

Please read our advice sheest for more information.  If you would like to discuss these options further, please call us to to arrange an initial routine foot care appointment where your podiatrist can examine the lesion and explain the procedures in more detail.

 

Home visits

We encourage most patients to attend our clinics as we feel this is where we are able to give the most comprehensive treatment.  However we offer house visits to our patients who are unable to attend one of our clinics. 

 

We are able to visit you at your home, nursing home or in hospital if required.  Please call to arrange an appointment.

 

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