At Total Foot Care we offer a range of foot care services.
A doctor's referral is not required. Direct referrals to podiatric surgeons are available. Routine appointments and treatment are available for:Corns and callus
Verrucae - both adults and children
Fungal nail infections
Foot and ankle injuries/pain
Foot posture related aches
Although not generally painful, hard, rough skin can be unsightly and irritating if left untreated, it can lead to calluses forming, which can be more stubborn to remove and painful.
The foot withstands far greater pressure than
any other part of the body. To compensate, the skin on the sole of the foot is
3 to 4 times thicker and provides a waterproof covering. It is this unique
quality that causes the feet to dry out quickly. Basic foot care will maintain
the skins balance, but if hard skin is allowed to build up calluses may
develop. Most frequent areas are on top and outer edges of the toes, the ball
of the foot and back of the heel.
Calluses and Corns
A callus is larger, broader and has a less well
defined edge than a corn.
These tend to form on the underside of the foot (the sole). Commonly they form over the bony area just underneath the toes. This area takes much weight when walking.
They may be painless but can become painful.
A corn is a small area of very thick skin. A corn is roughly round in shape. Corns press into the deeper layers of skin and can be painful.
Hard corns commonly occur on the top of the smaller toes or on the outer side of the little toe. These are the areas where poorly fitted shoes tend to rub most.
form in between the toes, most commonly between the fourth and fifth toes.
These are softer because the sweat between the toes keeps them moist. Soft
corns sometimes become infected.
Athlete's foot is a very common conditions, which affects many people at some point during their lives. It is caused by a fungal infection, which affects the skin on your feet. The infections is normally mild and is easy to treat.
Athlete's foot usually affects the skin between the toes, causing it to be rerd, flaky and itchy.
The medical name for athlete's foot is tinea pedis. Anyone can develop the condition, although men and teenagers tend to be most commonly affected.
If treated, an athlete's foot infection will normally only last for a few weeks. However, if left untreated, this skin condition can last for several months or even years.
not all cases of athlete's foot can be prevented, practising good foot hygiene
can greatly help to reduce the risk of you developing a fungal infection.
They are caused by the human papilloma virus (types 1 and 2 mainly but also 4). They affect epithelial cells causing small rough papules and may cause pain when walking which can lead to leg or back pain resulting from altered posture or gait disturbance. Replication of the virus within the epithelial cells causes a proliferative reaction and formation of plaque or papule. Incubation is very variable ranging from 1 month up to 2 years.
They are spread by person to person contact.
Use of communal showers is associated with higher rates of plantar warts.
Infection is more likely if skin is macerated.
They should not be used as reason to stop children swimming as learning to swim is important in the National Curicculum and helps prevent death from drowning.
may be covered (with waterproof plasters or socks) when swimming but this can
stigmatise children and there is no evidence that these measures prevent
The medical name for a bunion is hallux valgus. A bunion is a bony swelling at the base of the big toe.
Sometimes, the big toe can become angled inwards, towards the middle of the foot and the second toe. This can force the top of the first metatarsal to protrude (stick out) from the side of the foot, at the base of the big toe. If this happens, a painful, swollen bunion forms.
It is not known exactly why bunions occur, but wearing badly fitting shoes is thought to be a possible cause.
If bunions become worse over time, they can cause other problems, such as arthritis within the big toe joint.
Common treatments for bunions include:
Painkillers - Bunion pads - In
severe cases, surgery.
Fungal Nail Infections
Fungal infections can affect the skin and/or the nails and is often a source of embarrassment for many people. Depending on the type of fungus, the appearance of an infection varies – the skin may be flaky, red, white, dry or moist and itchy; nails may be thickened, crumbly, splitting, white, yellow or brown. It can be treated though, so for all of you who simply hide your feet away - make an appointment to see your podiatrist/chiropodist and have happy feet again!
We now have a new treatment for fungal nails medically proven to clear the infection without any need for tablets, surgery or costly laser treatment.
Total Foot Care treat all types of feet, including children’s feet. After all, they can get just as many foot problems!
Common problems include verrucae, in-growing toe nails and “flat feet”. We always try to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere so that the child doesn’t feel intimidated.
Children must be accompanied by an adult who can give consent for the treatment. If you have any queries regarding your child’s feet, please do not hesitate to contact us.
An ingrowing toenail is where the edge, or corner, of the toenail curves and grows into the adjacent skin (the skin next to the edge of the nail) and pierces the skin, causing the toe to become red, swollen (inflamed) and painful.
Ingrowing toenails are common, with the big toe most likely to be affected on one, or sometimes, on both sides.
The toe should be treated as soon as possible as they usually become more difficult and painful the longer they are left and if left untreated, the toe can become infected.
At Total Foot Care we can treat in-growing toe nails conservatively by seeing you on a regular basis or by minor surgery where a small part of the nail is removed under local anaesthetic. (You should not drive after having local anaesthetic and it is always useful to have someone accompany you home).
Your initial treatment will last approximately 45 minutes.
The most common causes of ingrowing toenails are badly cut toenails and tight fitting shoes.