Corns usually occur over a bony prominence, such as a joint and are localised areas of callus. Sharply painful on weight bearing, they are removed by expert scalpel use.
Blisters are painful, fluid-filled lesions produced as the dermis and epidermis separate. This can be due to friction, pressure, temperature, chemical exposure or certain medical conditions.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection. It can lead to intense itching, redness, scaling and cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin. Moist, skin is prone to infection.
A verruca is a wart on or around the toes and the soles of the feet. Podiatrists have treatments for this common viral skin infections, which are otherwise unavailable.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes then it is possible that you could develop complications in your feet. The risks of complications can be greatly reduced if you are able to bring your blood sugar levels under control.
Particularly painful, the ingrowing nails can cause limping and as a result, over time, additional injury to the foot, knee and back. Careful nail cutting and advice is sufficient for most patients, however the only permanent cure is nail surgery.
When walking, your heels repeatedly hit the ground with considerable force. They have to be able to absorb the impact and provide a firm support for the weight of the body. When pain develops in the heel, it can be disabling, making every step a problem.
Older feet naturally develop more problems because the skin tends to thin and lose it’s elasticity. Painful and uncomfortable feet are not however, a natural part of growing old. And much can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility.
A bunion refers to the bony prominence on the side of the big toe. Non-surgical treatments can ease the pain but surgery is the only way to correct the issue. If a bunion is left untreated it is likely to deteriorate.
Chilblains are small red to purple swellings on the skin. They are often itchy and can become painful, particularly when they are exposed to temperature changes. If you find you have these bothering you, book an appointment.
Gout is the result of an imbalance of uric acid in the body, and affects more men than women. The main symptoms include an acute throbbing pain, swelling and little white patches under the skin, typically in a toe joint. Much can be done to improve comfort.
Arthritis refers to forms of joint inflammation. A podiatrist will be able to adapt your existing footwear with orthoses or other appliances that fit into your shoes and help redistribute pressure away from the affected joints.
This complaint known as Hyperhidrosis. A combination of special foot treatments and foot care is usually effective. Try following our recommended daily foot hygiene routine.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in many joints of the body. It is a chronic inflammatory disease where the immune system attacks the tissue that lines and cushions the joints, leaving them swollen, painful and stiff.
Podopaediatrics is the area of podiatry focusing on the treatment of children and the various afflictions that can affect a young person’s lower limbs. The early diagnosis and correction of foot and lower limb problems is essential for the long term success of treatments and can have a hugely beneficial impact of chronic issues.
During pregnancy, the body introduces powerful hormones into the blood stream which help baby to develop and loosen the mother’s joints in preparation for the birth. These hormones also affect feet and ankles.