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.The nails may have been damaged by a specific incident like dropping something on them or having an injury during a sport like football of even cricket ! . It can sometimes be quite difficult to tell if the nail is damaged permanently or if there is fungus in it as well . We have lots of experience in telling the difference . Don’t waste Money on over the counter treatments until you know for sure .
Fungally infected nails can appear thick yellow and crumbly. Sometimes just a part of one nail can be affected. This may lead to all the nails of the feet being infected, making treatment harder. 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. If your toes are painful and you think it might be an ingrown toenail , never attempt to fix it yourself . This can make the problem worse ! Leave it alone and come and see us – we can usually resolve them more easily than you can imagine !
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 usually painless, and a chiropodist has lots of experience in dealing with them. 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.
Cracked skin around the heels can be very painful . This is when the hard skin becomes very dry and splits apart , often pulling apart the healthy skin underneath . We can remove this skin easily and advise on the best treatments available to help maintain softer skin around these areas .
Verrucae 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 verrucae can form over a large area. Initial and quick diagnosis is beneficial so treatment can start early. Verrucae can sometimes look like corns (and visa versa). A rough diagnosis tool is to gently pinch them. If its painful to pinch but not press , then there is a good chance it might be a verrucae.
There are a number of treatment options options available – Acid and Cryotherapy are the main ones we use. These are much more powerful than anything available over the counter. However verrucae can sometimes be quite difficult to clear.
Dry Needling is available on request too- this involves a local anaesthetic and the verrucae is treated with pin pricks from a sterile needle. This treatment might be beneficial to long standing stubborn verrucae.
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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. This service is not available at TBC.
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.
Pitted Keratolysis can leave the foot looking very white and covered with small crater shaped pits. Usually the feet are very sweaty and produce lots of odour.