Did you know that on average our feet take us through 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day? We often forget that our feet work as hard as the rest of our body and that they regularly require specialist attention and treatment.
An ingrowing toenail is pierces the flesh of the toe. It often feels like you have a splinter, and can become painful and inflamed or infected. Nail surgery may be required if treatment and conservation fails.
Footwear & Foot Care Advice
Our feet go through a rough time during our lifetimes, they carry us an average of five times around the earth. This can cause a lot of damage especially if we aren’t wearing the correct footwear.
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. Quick diagnosis is beneficial so treatment can start early.
Corns, Calluses & Blisters
When we walk or stand, our body weight is carried first on the heel and then on the ball of the foot. When this pressure becomes excessive, some areas of skin thicken in the form of corns and calluses.
Athlete’s foot is a skin fungal infection that can feel itchy and sore if left untreated. Athlete’s foot usually develops in and around the toes or heels and can cause dry and flaky skin.
Chilblains develop when the tiny blood vessels under the skin constrict under cold conditions reducing the flow of blood until the area warms up again and causes some leakage of fluid into the surrounding tissue.
Gout is the result of an imbalance of uric acid in the body and manifests via a build-up of uric acid in the blood. Small crystals form in the joint causing irritation and inflammation.
We can help with any sporting injuries to the feet. Most sports will see people on their feet for prolonged periods of time; this can cause many problems such as stress fractures and ankle sprains.
Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is a common occurrence and in most cases the pain is caused by some form of mechanical injury. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by lower back problems or inflammatory joint conditions.
A bunion, also known as hallux valgus, is a deformity of the big toe in which the big toe excessively angles towards the second toe and leads to a bony lump on the side of the foot.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease where a faulty immune system attacks the tissue that lines and cushions the joints, leaving them swollen, painful and stiff.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the joint deteriorates. The bone underneath can thicken, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. In severe cases, the cartilage can deteriorate to the extent that the bones rub together.