When Should I See a Podiatrist (Chiropodist)?
Many people don’t know when to visit a foot specialist, and we find that many of our patients wait longer than they need to before they come in to see us. Foot pain is not normal and putting up with painful feet is very uncomfortable.
The following examples are instances where a visit to see a Supplefeet Podiatrist would be recommended.
1. Corns and Callus.
Thick skin in concentrated areas is known as Corns or Callus. It can be nothing to be concerned about or the hard skin forming on your feet in either concentrated areas (corns) or more widespread (callus) can be very painful when it builds up. This then needs professional care to gently remove the hard skin and give advice and treatment to prevent recurrence or manage the problem conservatively.We call it "Debridement" where we use scalpel blades to painlessly remove the callus.
Book a General Foot Treatment at Supplefeet (current price £50 - first and subsequent appointments £44) and for a real foot transformation combine with a pedicure; our renowned PodPed treatment. The original "medical pedicure." Investing in your feet is so very important for the great issues our feet face every day! Take that first step to better feet.
Chiropody care to conservatively and effectively manage this common complaint is something your feet deserve, you deserve and we can deliver.
Toenails trimmed, filed and corns and callus removed and hard skin attended to. Your feet will thank you for it.
2. Discomfort with Toenails - the basics
A toe nail trim (TNT) at Supplefeet is £30 for a professional clip, thinning down and sorting out of those toenails.Our Podiatry assistants are very skilled at managing these difficult to reach, awkwardly shaped nails. Get the Professionals to do them! TNTs are undertaken by either Supplefeet Podiatrists or under Podiatry guidance Supplefeet Podiatry assistants.
3. Fungal Toenails
We see so many of these! Fear not and No, we do not advocate Laser - far too expensive and the same before and after protocol- Thickened toenails can be painlessly sanded down and infected nail removed. Our treatment of choice is Diligence! The nail takes ages to grow so being diligent makes all the difference. And whilst the nail is being treated it can be painted with nail varnish, or for optimal cosmetic results add our Supplefeet nail treatment for complete nail coverage and glamorous looking nails. (Available for hands and feet.)
Keep the fungal load low with regularly filing and clipping back of the nail.
Scrub the feet Every Day with Anti-Bacterial Soap and an old toothbrush! or nail brush.
Apply 1% clotrimazole to the base of the nail and slowly but surely the new nail will grow and the fungus infection will grow out.
We also recommend Emtrix solution applied to the nail - every day in addition to the active anti-fungal management.
This currently costs £20 and you need to apply it daily. The combination of 10% lactic acid and 20% Urea means that it does a lot of the hard work for us by softening up the nail plate and enabling the clotrimazole to be more effective.
Toe Nail Treatment (TNT) is £30 with one of our talented Assistants at Supplefeet; your feet will thank you for it!.
4. Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are caused when the nail, either by curvature or skin growth, actually grows into the skin, creating a very painful border to the toenail. It can occur on any toenail of the foot, and can get infected very fast so its very important to see a doctor if you feel like the ingrown toenail is getting worse. The podiatrist can numb up your toe to remove it. There are many different solutions that are less invasive, but it is extremely important to see a foot specialist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail.
At Supplefeet Enfield we can often see you on the same day to provide instant relief from these acutely painful ingrowing toenails.
Management is either non-surgical ( we use cold spray) or surgical ( we use local anaesthetic). Whatever the choice of procedure rest assured we will look after you and make it as painless as we possibly can.
If you would like to get more advice please view this video clip or if you consider nail surgery visit our FAQ section.
5. Heel Pain
Pain in the Heel is so common many people have heard its Latin name of Plantar fasciitus. We have heard all the ways to pronounce that! With heel pain it is important to take note of what kind of pain is occurring and when.
Classically heel pain is called plantar fasciitus and treatment includes assessment, diagnosis, insoles, Suppletherapist Osteopathy advice, injections if needed. If appropriate an x ray may be required to rule out the possibility of other injuries or pathologies.
One important thing to note is that in children Heel Pain is usually ( exclusions apply) caused not by plantar fasciitus but by a condition known as Severs. Also known as osteochondrosis dissecans.
Evidence shows us that Heel pain of less than 6 months duration is readily treated in 85% of cases with our 5 step heel pain programme.
1. Stretch out the Calf muscles (call 0208 367 9292 for a Supplefeet leaflet!)
2 .Wear a heel - honestly it works just by elevating the heel
3. Get some expert Supplefeet taping and strapping
4. Anti-inflammatories. Consult with your GP or Supplefeet Podiatrist
5. An insole eg Powersteps (£42) with the deep heel cup feature or Interpods (£45 three quarter length and £50 for full length) for wider feet can be very helpful. Both available to order online or inclinic . These are the Temporary measure whilst the heel inflammation subsides. Then we move you to SuppleArches.
6. We also recommend booking an appointment (generally a one off) with our Suppletherapist Osteopath who is able to really deep massage and treat these painful heels.
Call 0208 367 9292 to speak to a Supplefeet clinician for further advice or watch this video clip with Miss Supple.
6. Numbness or Swelling
If you have pain and swelling (oedema) in one foot and not the other you should see a podiatrist or family doctor. There are many problems that need to be investigated which could be causing the pain and swelling for example a broken bone, infection, tendonitis or tendon rupture. Swelling in both feet and ankles could be due to lymphedema. Whatever the cause it is always a good idea to come in to see the podiatrist to diagnose and treat a problem before it gets worse. At Supplefeet we liase with your family doctor and other specialists with your permission for best care.
7. Soreness in Toes
Soreness in the toes can be due to any number of injuries or conditions that our podiatrists would need to evaluate at Supplefeet clinic. Pads, arch supports, and insoles can be fitted to your shoes to alleviate your foot pain.
We highly recommend the use of Yoga sandals to spread out metatarsals and strengthen the deep small muscles to the toes to alleviate toe pressure and pain from painful trapped nerves shooting into the toes. (Mortons neuroma).
8. Pain in the Pad of the Foot
With any type of pain in the foot, a podiatrist should be seen to evaluate what is causing the pain, and to review treatment options. Night splints, shoe pads, arch supports, and padded insoles can all alleviate types of pad pain, but it is necessary to have the podiatrist evaluate and fit you for them.
9. A Wound or Sore That Does Not Heal
You need to come and see our podiatrists if you have an open sore on your foot or ankle. This is particularly important if you have diabetes as it usually takes you longer to heal. A podiatrist can swab the sore to find out the type of bacteria, and advise on seeing your family doctor for further care as required. Seeing a podiatrist quickly and starting treatment greatly improves your chances of healing. If you have had an open sore for a long time, your chance of getting a skin (or even a bone infection (osteomyelitis)) increases.
Do not delay on seeking help and treatment for this.
10. A Pain While Walking
This could be due to either a number of tendon problems in the foot perhaps conditions in your muscular or skeletal structure. A podiatrist can help alleviate the pain with shoe advice, foot padding, and other treatments.
Bunions are a structural deformity of the bones in the foot and the joint that is between the foot and big toe. They can become swollen and irritated at the base of the big toe. They can be painful and may require surgical correction. Bunions should always be assessed as they are inherited and early advice can be very helpful in managing this condition over your lifetime.
Supplefeet highly recommends the use of Yoga sandals ( £39 currently available just in Small 3 -4 ,. We are waiting on a replenishment of stock for Medium 5-6, Large 7-8 and X-Large 8-9 and we are getting XXL - they are on their way and will be with us end of April 2017 please do get your name on our waiting list.) to spread out metatarsals and strengthen the deep small muscles to the toes to alleviate toe pressure on the bunion and actively engage the other toes in walking.