Corns & Callouses :
These are areas of hard skin on which are formed as a result of pressure and / or friction on the foot. A callous is the bodies way of protecting a traumatized area of the foot and can be quite painful, if left untreated may develop into a corn.
Hard corns are the same as a callous but have developed a hard cone like centre or Nucleus, this usually cause pressure directly on a nerve causing great pain. Corns can usually be remove with like or no discomfort. The Hard corn is the most common form of the lesion, although there are many types of corn and each are treated accordingly.
Warts and Verrucae :
Warts and Verrucae (plantar warts) are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Although common, they can be quite troublesome to remove and can spread throughout the family if untreated. Warts and Verrucae are most commonly treated d by cryotherapy. This involves the use of a freezing agent (Liquid Nitrogen or Nitrous Oxide Gas).
Ingrown toe nails (Surgical treatment available)
Ingrown toenails commonly occur on the big toe and are normally associated with wearing tight or narrow shoes. Pressure is out onto the toenail which is then forced to grow into the flesh of the toe. Other causes of ingrown toenails could be; Incorrect toenail trimming, fungal infections, injuries, abnormalities in the structure of the foot, or repeated impact on the toenail from sporting activity.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes can have an array of unwanted and unpleasant effect on the feet. Some of these can affect the nerves of the foot (e.g. neuropathy), others can affect the circulatory system (e.g.peripheral arterial disease). Attending a diabetes foot clinic can help reduce the possibility of these secondary conditions developing and / or reducing the effects once they have.