Services at Chiropody4U
Corns and calluses occur as a reaction of the skin to the pressures on it. Sometimes this is pressure from shoes, sometimes there is a structural or functional cause. Corns and calluses can be painlessly removed. More importantly, the Podiatrist can give advice or provide treatment to target the cause and aim to prevent further recurrence.
Ingrowing toenails can occur when a nail has been damaged or is deformed. The nail grows into the skin causing pain and sometimes leading to infection. This condition can be treated conservatively, but surgery may be necessary to prevent recurrence. Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. Usually only part of the offending nail is removed, although it is possible to remove the whole nail if it is very deformed.
Fungal, broken or damaged nails can be rebuilt using an acrylester resin from Wilde-Pedique. The prosthetic nail is attached to any remaining nail and has the look of a healthy nail which then grows with the natural nail. Total nail prosthetics are also possible, although these may need replacing every four to six weeks.
Verrucae are caused by a viral infection. In most cases the verruca is painless and, given time, will resolve without treatment. Painful or spreading verrucae can however cause distress. A wide range of verrucae treatments are available including Cryosurgery (freezing), traditional acid treatments, herbal remedies, low level laser therapy and surgical removal. The treatment of choice will depend on a variety of factors and the options are discussed in detail to enable an informed choice.
There are numerous injuries that occur as a result of keeping fit. These
can include muscle sprains, tendon and ligament problems and in rare cases,
fractures. It is best to get the problem assessed in its early stages rather
than trying to ignore it and carry on. This will generally allow for a
speedier recovery and resumption of activity.
A biomechanical examination is used to assess foot and lower limb
function. Foot pain can be caused by poor foot posture or other structural
problems. Common problems include heel pain, pain in the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia)
and flat feet. If the foot is hypermobile or out of alignment it can result
in pain or injury in the foot/knee/hip/lower back.
People diagnosed with diabetes can develop foot complication including
loss of sensation in the feet. This can result in damage that you may be
unaware of eg. standing on a sharp object or a toenail digging in. People
with diabetes should have annual foot assessments to monitor any loss of
sensation. Numb feet should be always protected and checked regularly for
Healthy feet are essential to keep you mobile and it is a good idea to have an annual foot check, just as you would regularly have your teeth checked, to ensure they are in good shape. People with diabetes in particular should ensure their feet are checked annually as problems may occur undetected.
Athletes’ foot is caused by a fungal infection and is characterized by
itching, cracked or peeling skin. Although it is frequently found between
the toes it can also occur on dry skin elsewhere on the foot.
Our Podiatry Assistant provides an economy toenail cutting service for
those with normal toenails but who cannot reach their feet.
Formally known as the Pat Madeley Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic. Chiropody 4 U also specialises in sports injuries and Biomechanics
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