Chiropody

Our Director of Chiropody Sarah Davis is able to offer an extensive range of treatments.
Chiropody Treatment
After taking a medical history and carrying out a vascular assessment of the feet this treatment starts with a footbath, nails are cut and filed, hard skin and corns are removed, any other problems with the feet are addressed and cream is applied at the end. A treatment plan is then developed and advice given to maintain good foot health. All diabetics and patients with an at risk foot will have vascular and nerve supply to the feet checked on a yearly basis or sooner if necessary.

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Nail Cutting
After an initial consultation patients who only require treatment on their nails will be directed to book this appointment. The treatment starts with a footbath, the nails are cut and filed and cream is applied at the end.

Biomechanical Assessment
If you are experiencing symptoms such as heel, foot, leg, knee or back pain a biomechanical assessment can be carried out to investigate why you have this problem. It involves assessing all the joints of the legs and feet to find out what is working as it should be and what is not aligned properly. A treatment plan will be developed and discussed with the patient and appropriate insoles or orthotics may be prescribed.

Insoles and Orthotics
Insoles are prescription made and used to give gentle control of the feet to help relieve mild symptoms. Orthotics may be semi bespoke or bespoke depending on the nature of the complaint the patient has and are used to give control and support to the malfunctioning foot.

Verruca Treatments
Once a verruca has been diagnosed advice can be given on treating  this at home or in surgery acid treatment can be offered to patients.

Nail Surgery
If you have painful ingrown toenails nail surgery can be carried out to remove all or part of the problematic toenail. After exhausting all conservative methods of treatment this will provide a long term solution to the problem.

 

If you would like any further information about chiropody or to make an appointment please call 0121 705 2705 and our chiropody team will be happy to help.

  

Common Foot Conditions

Dry Skin
Dry, rough hard callused skin are common conditions that can affect most of us at some time. These problems can easily be prevented and treated. As the skin on the feet can be a lot thicker than the rest of the body it is recommended to use a footcare cream rather than a general moisturiser and ideally this should be used once a day.

Keep your feet happy and healthy with these top tips:

  • Wash and dry your feet daily to keep them clean and infection free
  • Remove the build up of hard skin by using a pumice stone or non metal file gently on the skin twice a week
  • Apply a moisturising cream to your feet daily avoiding in between the toes
  • Wear the right shoes as the majority of foot problems are caused or made worse by ill-fitting footwear

If you experience reoccurring pain in the foot and ankle seek advice from an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist as feet should not hurt.

     

Fungal Nails and Athletes Foot
Common everyday events like banging a toe can weaken the nail and expose the nail bed to the microbes that cause fungus and bacterial infection. These microbes live in common places such as changing rooms, swimming pools, showers and even your garden. Once the fungus attacks the nail bed the nail becomes discoloured and brittle. The problem can be treated with either nail paints or tablets it is therefore important that if you are concerned you have this problem you should visit an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Fungal infections of the nail can lead to athletes foot and vice versa where the skin becomes itchy, inflamed and sometimes cracks, especially if it occurs in between the toes.  The problem can easily be treated with antifungal cream which an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist can recommend once a diagnosis has been made.

Follow these top tips to help prevent fungal infections of the feet:

  • Wash and dry your feet daily
  • Wear clean socks every day
  • Alternate everyday shoes so they have time to dry out properly as moist damp shoes can harbour fungus
  • Wear flip flops around swimming pools and in communal changing rooms and showers
  • Visit an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist if you think you have a fungal infection

     

Verruca
A verruca is a wart that forms on the foot which is caused by a virus. They can be singular or multiple and have a crust like appearance sometimes with black dots. The virus can be picked up from communal areas when walking barefoot and around swimming pools where it is warm and moist. They can be treated by various means but in is important to seek advice from an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist for correct diagnosis and treatment.

Follow these top tips to help prevent verruca’s:

  • Wash and dry your feet daily
  • Wear clean socks every day
  • Wear flip flops around swimming pools and in communal changing rooms and showers
  • Visit an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist if you think you have a verruca

     

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is probably one of the most common foot complaints. The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue which stretches along the sole of the foot to support the arch. Plantar fasciitis is caused by small injuries to the area which damage the tissue and make it become inflamed. Symptoms include pain in the heel area or arch of the foot which is usually more prevalent first thing in the morning or after resting for a while. Plantar fasciitis affects around 1 in 10 people at some time in their life and is most common in people between the ages of 40 to 60 years however, it can occur at any age. It is twice as common in women than men and commonly affects people who do a lot of sport.

You are more likely to injure the plantar fascia if you are on your feet a lot of the time, if you have recently started a new exercise regime, have been wearing shoes with poor arch support and cushioning, if you are overweight or you have a tight achilles tendon.

The condition can be treated but requires specialist advice from an HCPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist who may recommend stretches or orthotic devices to wear in shoes.

     

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