The routine care of your feet is called Podiatry. Many people still know it as Chiropody.
If you are suffering from any of the following conditions book an appointment to see Adam Costain on 01908 262220.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Also called “heel spur syndrome,” the condition can usually be successfully treated with con-servative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises and Orthotics.
Foot Calluses & Corns
A Foot Callus is an area of hard, thickened skin that can occur across the ball of the foot, on the heel, or on the toes.
Foot calluses sometimes have bursal sacs (fluid-filled balloons that act as shock absorbers) beneath them, causing symptoms ranging from sharp, shooting pain to dull, aching soreness.
This condition is easily treated.
A Hammer Toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, Hammer Toes can become inflexible and require Hammer Toe Surgery.
People with Hammer Toes may have corns or cal-luses over the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding com-fortable shoes.
The earlier this condition is treated the better the potential results.
Bunions are one of the most common foot disorders. Bunions, are a common deformity often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Bunions cause the base of your big toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joint) to enlarge and protrude.
The skin over it may be red and tender. This condition is usually congenital (you got it from your family) and related to poor foot mechanics. Orthotics can help ease the symptoms and reduce deterioration of the joint.
While there are often infections around the toe nail, usually associated with an ingrown nail, the most common true nail infection is a fungal one (onychomycosis). This is defined as a fungal infection of any part of the nail unit.
The infected area of nail usually takes on a thickened, yellow/brown appearance. Adults are more prone to onychomycosis due to cumula-tive trauma and a slower rate of nail growth.
Treatments include systemic (tablets) and topical (applications) antifungals. The recovery is always slow as it is dictated by the rate of nail growth. The nail infection can cause other fungal infections such as Athletes’ Foot (Tinea Pedis).
If left the infection can become very resistant to treatment and theses cases can result in either temporary or permanent removal of the nail.
Ingrown Toenails often are the result of trimming your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes.
While they are very common, Ingrown Toenails can also be very painful. When trimming your toenails, avoid tapering the corners so that the nail curves with the shape of your toe. The sides of the toenail will curl down and dig into your skin. Shoes that are too tight or short also may cause ingrown toenails.
Ingrown Toenails start out hard, swollen and tender, and later, may become sore, red and infected. Your skin may be broken by the nail.