ingrown toenail

What is an ingrown toenail? Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions that Podiatrists see in clinic. An ingrown nail happens when a section of the nail punctures the skin, which causes pain, inflammation and potential infection. Ouch! When the nail pierces the skin, it acts like a foreign body, and the skin…

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Thickened toenails

Do you dread sandal weather because of your toenails? Cosmetic toenail reconstruction is an emerging part of the world of Cosmetic Podiatry. For many people, the look of their toenails is a problem, especially in summer, for holidays and the two days of sun we get here in the UK each year! Your feet are…

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Heel pain

Sometimes, life can be a real pain in the…. Foot. But, don’t let that get you down! Podiatrists deal with all things feet, including foot pain. Your feet are a really complex piece of engineering. Each foot contains 26 bones 33 joints Over 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles That’s a lot of structures for things…

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corn on a foot

Podiatrists are highly skilled in treating and helping to prevent all kinds of skin problems, like corns and callus. In our clinic, I dread to think of how many scalpel blades we’ve got through over the years! So, here are some of the common questions we get asked about corns and callus. What is a…

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Medical pedicure

Well, in a nutshell, cosmetic Podiatry is the non-medical part of what we do. The little extras to help your feet look extra pretty and feel extra nice! It combines aesthetics with the medical interventions we do as Podiatrists to improve the comfort of your feet. It’s quite new for us, but it means we…

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The Swift microwave verruca treatment equipment

Swift is a new technology, developed right here in the UK. It uses microwave energy, applied to the skin via a special disposable probe, to treat skin affected by a verruca. The microwaves create heat within the tissues, which helps to produce an immune response within the body to eliminate the virus causing the lesions.…

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A patient having a verruca treated

What are verrucas? Verrucas (verrucae) are basically a type of wart that occur on the foot. They are also known as plantar warts and they’re caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are over 200 sub-types of HPV, but only 5 main types cause verrucae. How do I get verrucas? Verrucae are spread when…

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What are chilblains? Chilblains are small reddish, purple itchy, painful swellings that happen on the feet, and other extremities, in reaction to cold temperatures. They can either be flat or raised, and can cause the skin to split. On the feet, they commonly occur on the ends and underneath of the toes, or on the…

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Fungal toenail infection

How do I get rid of Athlete’s Foot? This is a question we get asked a lot! Some of the most common conditions we see in clinic are athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections. Both are caused by an overgrowth of fungus, and tend to occur together. Anyone can get athlete’s foot, or Tinea Pedis,…

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