Treatment available for the following conditions:
If you are unsure of your particular foot condition, please do not hesitate to contact Lara who will happily talk through any foot problems you may have.
A Callus is an area of thickened skin caused by pressure or friction. Calluses develop when the skin rubs against something, such as a bone, a shoe or the ground. They often form over the ball of your foot because this area takes most of your weight when you walk. This is particularly the case when high heels are worn regularly.
Calluses can be treated by regularly filing with a foot file or pumice stone and moisturising with a cream containing urea, which breaks down hard skin. If the skin has become very thick and painful, then please get in contact so we can discuss a suitable treatment.
Corns are small circles of thick skin that usually develop on the tops and sides of toes or on the sole of the foot. However, they can occur anywhere.
Corns are often caused by wearing shoes that fit poorly or certain designs that place excessive pressure on an area of the foot.
Corns often occur on bony feet as there’s a lack of natural cushioning. They can also develop as a symptom of another foot problem, such as:
Verrucae are commonly called warts. Those correct term for those occurring on the feet or toes is Verruca Pedis. These warts are common and considered to be due to a virus infection. There are several types of viruses which cause verrucae. These infections occur generally at swimming baths, on the beach, communal showers, at leisure centres and, of course, schools. Anywhere in fact where people share the same floor surface and walk about with bare feet. It only needs a little scratch in the skin for the virus to enter.
Treatment for Verrucae can vary considerably . There is no magical solution. After consultation I will be able to select the best method of treating your verruca, or multiple verrucae.
It’s especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Diabetes can limit the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling. This can mean foot injuries do not heal well, and the lack of feeling means you may not notice if your foot is injured. Foot and leg injuries can be caused by long or sharp toe nails, so regular cutting and filing is critical.
Toenail abnormalities can tell you a lot about your health. They’re often a sign of a fungal nail infection or injury, but can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying disease. Nails tend to get thicker as we get older, but a common cause of thickened nails is fungal nail infection. This can also cause them to discolour and become crumbly. Fungal nail infection is extremely common and can take a long time to eradicate. Other possible causes of thickened or overgrown nails could be: Psoriasis, a long-term condition that tends to also cause red, flaky patches of skin. Long-term pressure from shoes that are either too small or too narrow over the toes. Reactive Arthritis, where the immune system attacks the joints, muscles and other parts of the body following an infection.
Cracked heels are caused by cracking or splitting of the skin. This splitting may be due to dryness or thickening of the skin (callus) that cracks and breaks under pressure.
When the skin around the heels becomes thickened or dry, it loses it’s suppleness and elasticity, and can split under simple pressures such as that from walking. This can lead to unsightly, painful and even bleeding cracked heels. This can further be made worse in people who have a large fatty pad on the sole of their feet, which under pressure requires more elasticity in the skin to expand without cracking. Other causes of increased pressure includes prolonged standing, pregnancy or excess weight.
I am based in Royal Wootton Bassett and offer a mobile service to Swindon and the surrounding area where I can treat your feet in the comfort of your own home.
Please call 07769610997 or use the contact form below to check appointment times and my travel radius.