Bruntsfield Chiropody & Podiatry
www.footwell.co.uk

ROUTINE FOOT PROBLEMS


CORNS
These are areas of thickened skin caused by pressure or friction which have an extremely hard core which can then press onto nerves giving rise to pain or discomfort. They can arise on top of the toes, between the toes or on the ball of the foot.
They can generally be removed quite simply giving immediate relief.

CALLUS
This is a larger area of thickened hard skin with no nucleus. This can cause fissures and cracks with accompanying pain in the heels.
If it is on the ball of the foot a burning sensation can arise.
This is usually removed simply by scalpel or burr.

INGROWING TOENAILS
These generally occur on the Great Toenail where the the nail grows into the side or top corner of the toe. This can be caused  by tight hosiery, shoes or incorrect nail cutting. This is usually be resolved by cutting, shaving away the edge of the nail or removing part or all or the nail under local anaesthesia. See Nail Surgery

VERRUCA (WART)
These are caused by an HPV virus (Human Papilloma Virus)and generally appear somewhere on the sole of the foot.They can look similar to a corn but have capiliaries in them, appearing as dark spots. A choice of treatments is available.
This can range from using various chemical agents, through cryotherapy to dry needling

ATHLETES FOOT
This condition is caused by fungal spores. It manifests between the toes as wet, itchy, macerated skin and  has a strong odour. On the soles of the feet it can appear as small blisters with dry peeling skin. Itch will still be present.

FUNGAL NAILS (ONYCHOMYCOSIS)
This condition is also caused by fungal spores but in this case in the nail. It can cause the nails to be yellow/brown in colour and to become crumbly in appearance.

ACHING FEET
This can be caused by any number of biomechanical problems. Usually this can be addressed by the provision of prescription insoles.

PLANTAR FASCIITIS (SORE HEEL)
This condition is usually most painful in the morning or if you have been seated for a long time and suddenly get up. It tends to ease off during the day. The use of orthotics can be beneficial in the treatment of this condition.

SHIN SPLINTS (MEDIAL TIBIAL STRESS SYNDROME)
Shin splints is a generalised term describing exercise-induced pain in the front of the lower legs, or shins.The shin pain can be felt during or after strenuous activity, particularly running, or sports that have sudden stops and starts. Orthotics can very helpful in treating this condition