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Expert treatment of bacterial, viral and fungal

infections including prescription antibiotics

Expert treatment of bacterial, viral and fungal infections including prescription antibiotics

Infection

Infections can range from an unsightly verruca or fungal toenail, to dangerous bacterial infections such as sepsis, and everything in between. Our Podiatrists are trained to spot the early signs of infection to help diagnose your condition and to offer you the most relevant and scientifically proven treatment options. MyFootMedic Podiatrists can prescribe a range of antibiotics for bacterial infections, medications for fungal infections and help with the most up-to-date treatments for viral infections.

What is Athletes Foot?

Athletes foot (Tinea Pedis) is a common fungal infection impacting the skin of feet. Although in many cases this is a relatively harmless infection, it can lead to a more serious bacterial infection requiring antibiotics and strong anti-fungal medication, which may result in side effects.

Despite its name, this infection impacts both the athletic and non-athletic population, and can be caused by many factors such as poor hygiene or reduced immune response. It is commonly associated with fungal nail infections.

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
• Prescription and non-prescription medication
Antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present, these will not help with the fungal element
• Fungal nail treatments
• Foot care advice
• Footwear advice
• Request for NHS oral medication via letter to GP

What is a Fungal Nail infection?

Fungal Nail infection (onychomycosis) may cause the nail to thicken or change in colour. In extreme cases the nail may become painful, detach or cause a bacterial infection.

This condition impacts 3-8% of the UK population. The infection typically starts as athletes toot (Tinea Pedis), which has then spread to the skin underneath the nail plate, and then into the nail itself. The infection is also linked to trauma and medical conditions impacting the immune system such as Diabetes.

Topical treatments alone are largely unsuccessful, due to being unable to clear the infection underneath the nail plate (nail bed). Successful treatments aim to break through this barrier and prevent reinfection. To achieve this; treatment of the skin, nail bed, nail and footwear must take place.

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
• Prescription and non-prescription medication
Antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present (these will not help with the fungal element)
• Reduction or resection of the nail so that topical treatments can better reach the nail bed
• Nail plate micro-penetration; small holes that are places within the nail plate to allow medicaments to track down into the nails plate
Nail Surgery – removal of the nail itself either to allow effective treatment of the nail bed or with acid destruction of the nail producing cells (nail matrix) with the aim of preventing new nail growth
• Foot care advice
• Footwear advice
• Prevention advice
• Request for NHS oral medication via letter to GP

Why should I worry about a Skin Infection?

These can be caused by either viral, bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections. If you believe that you are suffering with an infection it is always best to be seen quickly. Common signs of an infection include: pain, redness, swelling, oozing or discharge (exudate), bad odour, itching, heat and sudden changes to skin appearance. Skin infections can range between a mild irritant to life threatening.

If left untreated, a simple bacterial infection (such as that caused by an ingrown toenail) can lead to a more serious skin infection, such as cellulitis or sepsis, which may require hospitalisation.

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
• Prescription medication
• Preventative advice
• Footwear advice
• Preventative treatment (e.g. ingrown nail treatment)
• Providing a letter to the GP to request a referral to the appropriate services in the NHS
• In extreme cases, we may request you to visit A&E as a matter of emergency

What is a Verruca?

Verruca Pedis (Foot Wart) is a common viral infection caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This infection can be found widespread across the planet, on the majority of surfaces, and impacts approximately 10% of the population. Typically your body’s immune system (defensive system) mounts an attack against infections, however, this virus is able to stay hidden from the body’s natural defensive system via two methods:

1) The infection starts in the outer layer of dead skin whereby there is little to no active immune response.

2) As the viral infection attacks deeper live structures in the skin, it is able to turn off ‘marker cells’ (antigen presenting cells) whose function is to alert your immune system (T-Cells) to mount an attack.

Stealth is a verruca’s best defence, usually staying dormant and undetectable to the human eye for the first eight months of the infection. As such, all treatment options aim at alerting your immune system to the current infection so that a relevant defence can be mounted. Verrucae are typically harmless and may not require treatment unless they are spreading, painful or causing undue concern. In children, the virus typically self-resolves within a two year period. Treatment can often cause more discomfort than the infection itself and may not be recommended.

Your medical history is important when considering treatment options. Conditions impacting your sensation, blood supply or immune response may limit the type of treatment you can receive and could reduce your chances of a positive outcome. Although there is no 100% success rate when it comes to verrucae, we offer the most up-to-date treatment options available, which are clinically proven to have the highest likelihood of success.

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
• Over the counter medicaments
Salicylic acid (prescription grade)
Verruca needling

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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