Routine chiropody – nail cutting and maintenance, removal of corns and hard skin are the backbone of any podiatry practice, whether in a clinic or a mobile practice.
Regular, professional nail care can help to prevent the onset of many conditions such as ingrowing nails, fungal infections, cracked and fissured heels, control hard skin and corns and stop them becoming painful.
Ingrowing nails – if a nail does grow into the surrounding skin, it can be extremely painful and debilitating.
The usual cause of an ingrowing nail is either a blow such as dropping something heavy on it, or poor nail cutting.
The bad news is that infection can get into the skin where the nail penetrates, making it even more painful.
The good news is that it can usually be treated conservatively and relief from the pain is almost immediate.
Nail surgery – if the problem persists, then nail surgery under a local anaesthetic to remove all or part of the offending nail may be required. I don’t do this in the patient’s home, but I will do it in one of the clinics that I work in.
Verrucas – caused by the human papillioma virus, the same one that gives us a cold-sore. They can be difficult to treat and may take time, but they can be beaten. Conservative treatment involves removing the hard skin that the virus builds around it, and application of cream.
That will usually be enough and after a few weeks the verruca will be gone. If not, stronger treatment may include the application of stronger acid, cryotherapy using freezing agents, microwave or needling.
Biomechanical assessment – this is the examination of the bones, joints and muscle groups in the foot and lower leg to identify the cause of foot pain. Once the problem has been diagnosed, exercise, orthotics (insoles) or both can be utilised to address the problem.
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