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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.

Hard skin forming on your feet in either concentrated areas (corns) or more widespread (callus) can be very painful when it builds up. This needs professional care to gently remove the hard skin and give advice and treatment to prevent recurrence or manage the problem conservatively.

Book a General Foot Treatment at Supplefeet with our HCPC Podiatrists for £38 and for a real foot transformation combine with  a pedicure; our renowned PodPed treatment.  The original "medical pedicure."

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. Finished with lemon & tea tree oil for the toenails and our very own Supplefeet moisturising foot cream: Supple London.

2. Discomfort with Toenails - the basics

As a child generally your Mum saw to your toenails... now you are in charge it can be tricky reaching your own toenails for all sorts of reasons! So  if you have trouble trimming them properly and to ensure that you don't get ingrown nails or other nail problems, our Supplefeet Assistants will be happy to trim, clip and thin them for you.

A toe nail trim (TNT) at Supplefeet is £25 for a professional, clip, thinning down and sorting out of those toenails.

3. Discoloured or Yellow Toenails

Discoloured or yellow toe nails are usually caused by a type of fungus of the nail, this can be very easily treated with topical ointments or  in the more severe cases by oral medications from your GP.

Thickened toenails can be painlessly sanded down and infected nail removed. Our treatment of choice is CanesPro  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.)

Toe Nail Treatment (TNT) is £25 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. Also an x ray may be required to rule out the possibility of bone spurs, gout crystals, and 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 (£36)  with the deep heel cup feature or Interpods (£40 three quarter length and £45 for full length)  for wider feet can be very helpful. Both available to order online or inclinic .  

 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.

11. Bunions 

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 (used to be called Beech sandals) 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.