Toe nails can become very hard to manage for several reasons. Many people with arthritis lose the strength to be able to use the tools to cut the nails. Nails can become thickened due to trauma or fungal infection. Sometimes this is unmanageable with normal nail tools. Our podiatrist is fully equipped to deal with any problem toe nails.
Fungal Infection- Nail
Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether nail discolouration is due to fungal infection. We can take trimmings for your GP to send for lab tests to confirm a fungal infection. If a fungal infection is present, we can offer advice and treat your nail allowing over- the- counter solutions to be more effective.
Fungal Infection- Athletes Foot
Athletes foot is caused by a hot and damp environment, allowing the fungal infection to thrive. We can diagnose dermatological problems you are suffering from, advice you on treatments and preventing return of the problem.
A corn can be a very painful problem. Many describe is as a sensation of 'walking on stones'. We can completely enucleate the corn, providing immediate pain relief and then device pads/ orthotics to prevent the corn returning by splaying the forces and pressures exerted on your foot.
Callus is an extra layer of hard skin that forms in areas that have been exposed to excessive pressure/ stress/ friction. We can remove this and provide advice on future management.
A verrucae is a virus. It belongs to the human papilloma virus family. Many podiatry clinics do not offer verrucae treatment because our immune system should fight the virus. However, this is not always the case and verrucae can become very painful in weight- bearing areas. Everybody reacts different to various treatments, therefore our podiatrist can discuss our range of options.
Ingrowing Toe nails/ Surgery
There are many causes of ingrowing toe nails. Some examples are trauma. neglect, incorrect cutting of nails and genetics. If an ingrowing toe nail is managed incorrectly, an infection is easily caused which is very painful/ Often, our Bath podiatrist can prevent surgery from being needed by removing the problem, packing and dressing the toe, then educating the patient on further management of the problem. If surgery is required, a simple procedure using a local anaesthetic can be performed to remove the problem. A chemical called phenol is used to prevent the problem returning. Follow up appointments and after care is included in the price until the toe has healed and the patient is discharged.
Foot posture can influence the total body posture. Other areas of poor posture in the body can be compensated for with the feet. Therefore, the body needs to be looked at as a whole. We look at joint range of motion, quality of motion, muscle strength and balance, leg length, posture non weight bearing and weight bearing, and your gait cycle.
We provide a range of orthotics at our Bath podiatry clinic You can discuss the different types with the podiatrist, who will take into consideration several factors to determine which type of insole is best for you.
Pre Fabricated Orthotics
Pre fabricated orthotics are made from a template of your feet to find the best shell for you. A prescription is made to change the shell in order to correct the biomechanical faults we found during your assessment.
Custom Made Orthotics
If it is decided that complete custom made orthotics are for you, we take a plaster cast mould of you feet and complete a thorough prescription form to create insoles tailored for you and your specific pathology.
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