FOOT CARE

Professional routine care and medical

treatment of nail and skin conditions 

Foot Care

Our Podiatrists are degree qualified foot specialists trained to keep your feet comfortable and you mobile. Foot care may include the treatment of unwanted conditions such as ingrown toenails, or general nail cutting and hard skin removal to keep your feet in good health. At MyFootMedic we use sterilised equipment and aseptic techniques to ensure that your feet are maintained safely.

What is Callus?

Areas of thickened hard skin (keratin) are known as callus. These locations can become painful or even lead to the skin splitting. Once split, the skin may start to bleed or become infected, requiring more serious treatment.

What causes Callus?

Callus is typically caused by excessive pressure or friction. Which can be due to; footwear, joint dysfunction, skin condition, sports, walking style, medical conditions or genetics.

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle. To achieve longer term reduction of hard skin the causative factors must be addressed.

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
Callus reduction
Routine care
Biomechanical assessment of factors impacting pressure or friction
• Footwear advice
Medications

What is a Corn?

These are localised, often pebble like formations of hard skin. The sensation is often explained to feeling similar to that of walking on a shard of glass or a stone.

What causes Corns?

Corns are caused by pressure to a localised point and tend to form over prominent joints. This pressure causes the formation of hard pebble-like skin lesion/s that are thought to act as a defensive layer. However, the formation of this hardened layer increases pressure and causes a ‘snow balling’ effect. A Common misconception is that a corn has a root, this is not the case.

Typical causes include:
• Footwear
• Joint dysfunction (e.g. arthritis, bunions)
• Skin conditions
• Walking style
• Medical conditions
• Genetics

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle. To prevent reoccurrence of corns, the underlying causes must first be addressed (e.g. pressure from footwear).

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
Corn treatment
Routine care
Biomechanical assessment of factors impacting pressure or friction
• Padding and strapping to redistribute pressure
Insoles and orthotics to redistribute pressure and alter biomechanical forces
• Footwear advice
• Topical medications
• Treatment under local anaesthetic where required
• Private referral for surgical correction of joint complications (e.g. bunion, hammer toe)
• Providing a letter to the GP to request a referral to the appropriate services in the NHS for surgical correction of joint complications (e.g. bunion, hammer toe)

What causes skin to crack?

Hard skin (callus) that loses it’s elasticity can eventually split or crack, this can be particularly painful and may lead to infection. Cracked skin occurs due to:
• Dehydrated dry skin
• Footwear
• Tight muscles
• Foot structure
• Medical conditions (e.g. Diabetes, Psoriasis)
• Genetic factors

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle.

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
Callus reduction
Routine care
Biomechanical assessment of causation
• Topical medications
• Footwear advice
Insoles and orthotics to redistribute pressure
• Medical grade gluing of deep cracks
• Prescription medications for infections

Why are damaged nails a problem?

Damaged nails can be particularly painful and lead to an infection. If severely damaged, your nail may become permanently thickened, or bleeding may present underneath the nail. This can cause considerable pressure and discomfort leading to ulceration and infection of the nail bed. If the nail has completely fallen off, the skin surrounding the nail may start closing inwards. This can lead to an ingrown toenail.

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle. If repetitive trauma is the cause of damage then these factors must be addressed to prevent reoccurrence (e.g. footwear).

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
• Removal of painful nail fragments
Nail resection
Routine care
• Treatment under local anaesthesia where required
• Prescription medications for infections
• Advice on ways to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails
• Reduction of thickened nails
• In extreme cases; Nail surgery
• Request for NHS referral via a letter to your GP

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail is when the nail (or a fragment known as a nail spike) pierces the skin surrounding the nail. This can be particularly painful, especially if infected. There are four nerves in each toe, making them highly sensitive and susceptible to pain.

What causes an Ingrown Nail?

• Trauma
• Cutting the nails too short, picking or chewing of the nails
• Nail infection
• Tight footwear
Bunions
• Genetic factors; such as a wide nail plate, or having a curved nail shape

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle. Treatment depends on the severity and longevity of the condition. Our Podiatrists will outline the risks and intended benefits of each treatment.

Services we offer include:

For prevention:
Foot health check
Nail cutting
Routine care

For mild cases:
Nail resection
• Re-shaping of the nails
• Education on nail/foot care to prevent recurrence

For serious or repetitive cases:
• Removal or nail spikes under local anaesthetic
• Prescription medications for infection
Nail surgery may be required if the nail plate is too wide

What is Hang Nail?

This is not a nail problem in itself, but where the skin against the nail becomes split or forms a hard spike. Hang nail can lead to pain, bleeding and infection.

What causes Hang Nail?

• Incorrect nail cutting
• Trauma
• Tight footwear
• Genetic factors
• Medical conditions

How can My Foot Medic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle.

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
• Removal of the skin spike
Nail resection
Routine care
• Treatment under local anaesthetic where required
• Prescription medications for infections
• Nail/ foot care advice

What is Psoriatic Nail?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to be produced in excess and at a faster than normal rate. This can have many impacts on the body; one of which is to change the shape, thickness and colour of your nails. These changes are referred to as Psoriatic Nails. This condition is less likely to appear without previous impacts of Psoriasis and is rarely the first sign of Psoriasis. These nails are often mistaken for fungal nails.

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle. There is no cure for this condition, however symptoms associated with Psoriatic Nails can be reduced.

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
Routine care & Nail cutting – thinning of thickened nails to prevent pressure build up
• Education on nail/ foot care
• In extreme cases Nail surgery may be undertaken
• Providing a letter to the GP to request a referral to the appropriate services in the NHS

What causes a Thickened Toenail?

Nails can thicken due to: trauma, pressure, friction, age or infection. It is thought that the nails thicken as a protective mechanism by the body. Once thickened, they can cause pain via pressure and ulceration underneath the nail. This can lead to infection or discomfort in everyday activities and may make purchasing shoes difficult.

How can MyFootMedic help?

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot and ankle. There is no cure for this condition, however symptoms associated with Psoriatic Nails can be reduced.

Services we offer include:
Foot health check
Routine care & Nail cutting – thinning of thickened nails to prevent pressure build up
• Education on nail/ foot care
• In extreme cases Nail surgery may be undertaken
• Providing a letter to the GP to request a referral to the appropriate services in the NHS

Whether you are a new patient or a regular, you will be advised of our prices and no treatment will be undertaken without your prior consent.

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