Conditions of the foot
Heels carry the weight of your body whenever you are standing, so when they lack moisture and dry skin builds up, cracked heels can develop.
After clinical treatment, regular use of moisturising products can help prevent cracked heels from returning. We stock a wide range of specialist creams in our clinic and can advise you on the best creams for you.
Nail thickening can happen as part of ageing, or because of trauma but the issue can also be a result of an underlying fungal infection. Some of the common symptoms you will find alongside thickened nails include:
- Colour changes in the nail
- Nails lifting from the nail bed
- Nails are crumbly
- Pain or discomfort around the nails
Fungal nail treatments provided in the clinic involve an assessment of your general well-being and foot health before deciding on a treatment plan, as no one treatment suits or works for all.
Thickened nails can also be difficult to cut, which can lead to pain and other problems. At our clinic, we have special nail trimmers to accommodate thickened nails, or we can thin such nails with a small electric file. During treatment, your skin is also checked, and rich foot cream is applied at the end of the treatment.
Both corns and callus are caused by hard skin. Corns are usually smaller and more localised in their painful impact. Corns are commonly found on the toes (although they may be on other areas of the feet).
In contrast, a callus is a larger, often yellow plaque of hard skin, mostly found on the sole of the foot.
Some people have a natural tendency to form corns and callus because of their skin type or because of the way they walk.
Corns and callus build up is a painful problem that requires routine professional treatment. In the clinic we remove the corns and callus painlessly, before finishing your treatment with a rich foot cream and advice on how to slow down the return of corns and callus.
Blisters can become a more serious concern if you have diabetes as they may not heal.
Most foot blisters last between three and seven days and will normally clear up if further excessive friction is avoided.
Bunion, also known as ‘hallux valgus’, is a deformity of the big toe where the big toe excessively angles towards the second toe and leads to a bony lump on the side of the foot. This can also form a large sac of fluid, known as a bursa, which can then become inflamed and sore.
Tight or narrow footwear tends to aggravate the problem as they squeeze the forefoot, crowding the toes together and exacerbate the underlying condition, causing pain and deformity of the joint.
Once the big toe leans toward the second toe, the tendons no longer pull the toe in a straight line, so the problem tends to get progressively worse.
Only specialist surgery with a podiatric or orthopedic surgeon can remove bunions. Whilst we cannot remove bunions, we can offer advice and product suggestions to help cushion and protect the bunion from pressure, such as gel separators or special cushioning gel sleeves.
Verrucae are harmless but can be uncomfortable and painful if they develop on a weight bearing part of the foot. In addition, hard skin (callus) can form over the top of the verruca, increasing discomfort in this area. Verruca is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. The most common appearance is that of a small cauliflower-type growth on the soles of your feet with tiny black dots.
Treatments provided involve an assessment of your general well-being and foot health before deciding on a management plan.