The Podiatrists at SOS Podiatry are happy to help with any foot related health problem, below are a number of the conditions and problems we regularly treat.
Corns and callus
Callus is a lesion of thickened hard skin generally in an area which is subjected to excessive pressure or friction. If left untreated the callus can develop into a corn which is a more localized area of hard skin with a central core. If a corn is left untreated the skin can eventually break down, which can ulcerate and lead to infection.
SOS Podiatry can reduce the corns and callus to alleviate pain and just as importantly, identify the cause and prepare a management plan to reduce the risk of the problems recurring.
A verruca is an infection caused by the human papilloma virus that can occur anywhere on the foot. It is essentially a wart on the foot.
Verrucae may or may not be painful but either way they are infectious. SOS Podiatry can treat your verrucae, prepare a management plan and advise on how to avoid further infections.
An ingrowing toenail is where a section of nail pierces the surrounding flesh of the toe and causes an infection. The big toenail is most commonly affected but this problem can involve any nail.
There are a number of potential causes such as trauma to the nail, poor nail cutting, ill fitting shoes or simply that the shape of the nail makes it more susceptible.
SOS Podiatry can treat the ingrowing nail for you, and often this can be done conservatively with careful management. If not we can remove the offending piece of nail under local anaesthetic and destroy the section of nail bed to avoid the problem recurring.
A bunion (hallux abductovalgus) is when the first metatarsal (long bone connected to the big toe) drifts away from the second toe and in response the big toe has angled into the second toe. This leads to the abnormal protrusion at the base of the big toe.
Some bunions can be very painful, causing secondary corns and callus, and almost all make finding shoes to fit very difficult. SOS Podiatry can help manage the condition, treat and secondary corn or callus issues, help slow down the progression of the deformity and if necessary provide a referral for surgery.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection. Mostly seen in between the toes it can cause intense itching with splitting and blistering of the skin. If left untreated the infection can spread leading to open sores, and can also infect the nails. SOS Podiatry can treat the infection and advise on management plans to avoid future infections.
Heel pain is a common foot complaint in patients young and old. There are a number of conditions that can cause heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tarsal tunnel syndrome, severs disease, bursitis and plantar fasciitis to name a few. It is important to obtain a correct diagnosis to successfully treat the condition. SOS Podiatry can provide your diagnosis and provide treatment for you which, depending upon the diagnosis, can vary from simple stretching exercises to footwear advice or custom made orthotics.
A fungal nail infection can distort the nail(s) which will often appear thickened and discoloured. . The infection is often secondary to athlete’s foot.
Fungal nails are often stubborn and difficult to treat but SOS Podiatry can advise on the most suitable treatment for you and help manage the nails to improve comfort and their appearance.
Metatarsalgia is a term given to pain in the region of the heads of the metatarsal bones (the ball of the foot). As this is a generic term an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the pain is vital. Metatarsalgia can be caused by such things as a stress fracture, osteoarthritis, morton’s neuroma or bursitis to name but a few. SOS Podiatry can provide an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your problem and thus provide the correct treatment and management of the condition.
Orthotics and insoles are both items that are inserted into your shoes or trainers.
Insoles are generally either for cushioning or to reduce stress or friction and can be adjusted to reduce pressure in certain areas. These can help with corns and calluses and protect vulnerable areas.
Orthotics are generally more rigid and are intended to correct biomechanical abnormalities or structural issues. They can range from off the shelf type arch supports to custom made cast to an individual prescription. Either way it is important to get the correct orthotics as, like spectacles, a wrong prescription will not help and may cause other problems.
The diabetic foot
Diabetes can cause damage to the nerve and blood supply to the feet. Nerve damage can cause loss of sensation meaning an injury to the foot may go unnoticed, and restricted blood flow hinders the ability to heal. This is a powerful combination and places the diabetic foot at greater risk. At SOS Podiatry we can treat any foot health issues resulting from diabetes, monitor foot health and help long term management. A diabetic patient with any foot health concerns will always be seen as a priority at the clinic.