Skin & Nail Treatment
Your feet are the foundation of your body and the way they move has a massive effect, from head to toe. Think about it – if your feet are unstable when you walk, there will be so many muscles through not just your core but whole body that will have to work so hard to compensate with every step and do their best to help keep you upright and moving forward. But if you look after your foundations, making sure they’re solid and your feet are working well, your whole body will work so much more efficiently.
This is why caring for the skin and nails of the feet is so important – because if pain and problems develop, that pain will alter the way your foundations function and performing your daily activities becomes that much more harder.
We’ve got all the specialised Podiatric equipment to expertly care for your feet and keep you going! We reduce thickened nails, remove painful corns and callus, warts, cracked heels and ingrown toenails. If you’ve got pain in your feet, we’ve got you covered.
Struggling with heels that keep cracking? Click here to learn why.
Thick nails aren’t just visually displeasing but can also create painful pressure at the nail at the toe box of the shoe. Using specialised podiatric equipment we are able to reduce the thickness and re-shape nails effectively. There are multiple causes that can lead to thickened toenails such as poor circulation, nail fungus, trauma/injury and some skin conditions that affect the toenails.
Feel like you’re walking around on painful pebbles? Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Corns have a central core which will often cause pain with direct pressure. Both can be removed efficiently and painlessly. They also don’t occur for no reason – we assess the cause of formation for you specifically and give recommendations on prevention so you don’t have to regularly struggle with them!
Dry, cracked heels can not only be unsightly, but can be quite painful. Small fissures in the skin can become painful, bleed and are vulnerable to infection. The good news is that baby smooth heels are achievable with a little elbow grease and help from your podiatrist. Treatment involves painless scalpel debridement and education on maintaining and prevention.
To learn more about cracked heels, click here.
Fungal nail infections are not only unsightly but are also highly contagious to other nails and the people around you. Nails that are infected with a fungus may become discoloured, brittle and thick, and may crumble. An infection may start off as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail and may cause your nail to discolour, thicken and develop crumbling edges. Treatment includes reducing the nail down, making it as thin as possible and starting topical treatments to the infected toenails.
If you’re unsure if you have a fungal nail infection – don’t worry! We’re able to test and confirm the presence of fungus in just 5 minutes and with 99% accuracy.
You can learn more about fungal nail infections and how to treat them here.
Also known as “tinea”, Athlete’s Foot is a common skin infection of the webs of the toes and soles of the feet. It quickly becomes itchy and frustrating for those affected. It is caused by a fungus, and may spread to the palms, groin, and body. Treatment may include taking samples and sending them to Labtests to confirm diagnosis. If fungal, we can start you on a range of topical treatments. In severe cases, referral to your GP may be needed to get oral medications.
To learn more about athlete’s foot, click here.
These are small rough lumps on the skin caused by a virus (human papillomavirus) which causes a reaction in the skin. The shape and size of warts all vary, and they can easily spread on the foot. Treatment of verrucae varies depending on the size of the lesion and the health of the person. We’ll determine the best treatment for you at your appointment and can start treating immediately.
Treatments include: Occlusion therapy, Silver nitrate (75%), Salicylic acid Treatment (60% and 70%), Multiple Puncture Technique (Dry Needling) and Surgical removal under local anaesthetic.
An ingrown nail can be excruciatingly painful, frustrating and dangerous. It occurs when the nail starts cutting into the skin next to the nail, causing pain, redness, inflammation and potential infection.
Treatments can range from conservative treatment to surgical correction. Conservative treatment involves reducing the nail and clearing the borders. Permanent correction of ingrown nails is a very commonly performed procedure here in our clinic. It offers permanent relief of a very painful problem that sometimes lingers for years.