Toenails can become damaged through sporting activities, or by cutting them badly or even picking them.
Damaged thickened nails (onychogryphosis) can be treated by thinning down the nail painlessly. Although this might not cure the problem this makes the nail look much better for long periods.
Fungally infected nails can appear thick yellow and crumbly. Early diagnosis is important so that treatment can start early. We usually easily diagnose the problem and guide you through the wide range of over the counter and prescription treatments available.
Ingrown nails can be very painful and become infected easily without prompt treatment. They can occur at any age and are normally as a result of bad toenail cutting or in some cases damage to the nail. Early treatment can usually be quite simple with the minimum of discomfort. If the toe has become badly infected them sometimes a small procedure under local anaesthetic might be required to remove the ingrown nail.
Corns and Hard Skin
Corns usually appear as hard painful circular areas often on bony areas of your toes and soles of the feet. They are normally painful and are sometimes they are found between the toes. Corns are usually a result of rubbing (from shoes) or direct pressure from the way your foot hits the ground when walking. Bad shoes can also make corns worse.
Removing a corn is not usually painful and a chiropodist usually has lots of experience in dealing with them and we can usually give some helpful advice to prevent their return.
Hard skin is normally found on the ball of the foot, around the heels and at the ends of the toes. Again its usually caused by rubbing, pressure or friction. Hard skin is usually only a problem when it gets thick or when it splits especially around the heel area. A chiropodist can remove the hard skin painlessly.
Verruca can occur on virtually any area of the foot. They can range in size from a pin prick right up to covering large areas of the foot. Sometimes they appear as a single area and sometimes multiple verruca can form over a large area. Inital and quick diagnosis is beneficial so treatment can start early. Verruca can sometimes look like corns (and visa versa). A rough diagnosis tool is to gently pinch then. If its painful to pinch then but not press them, then there is a good chance it might be a verruca.
We have a few treatment options available – Acid and Cryotherapy are the main ones we use. These are much more powerful than anything available over the counter. However verruca can sometimes be quite difficult to clear.
Biomechanics is the study of pain and discomfort related to foot function. Runners and athletes can sometimes benefit from a biomechanical examination particularly if they suffer from pain or soreness in the feet, legs, knees or hips after activity. It looks at joints, muscles and general posture. Treating such conditions requires the specialist knowledge of a Podiatrist, who can perform a Biomechanical assessment, which is an examination of the foot and leg function and make individually tailored orthotics (insoles).
When booking an appointment please ask for the biomechanics specialist. They work at the Fenchurch Street and Gresham Street clinics.
Athletes Foot is commonly found on the foot. It can present as a red itchy scaly area on the foot or as a damp area between the toes. It can sometimes lead to further infections if left untreated. A Podiatrist can usually quickly diagnose a fungal infection and advise the best course of treatment.
Hyperhydrosis is a condition that caused excess perspiration. Advice and treatments are available.
Psoriasis/Eczema are a broad range of skin conditions that present as dry scaly patches or whole areas of dry skin that can crack and become painful. We are able to offer treatments to help with such conditions.