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Chiropody

Chiropody and Podiatry actually are the same thing, but most people refer to Chiropody as the basic looking after of nails, hard skin, corns and minor skin infections.

 
Corns:    
 
Corns are concentrated areas of hard skin that form as a result of direct pressure.  The pressure occurs from either poor footwear, foot deformity or abnormal foot mechanics.  Your podiatrist can remove the corn and attempt to address the causal factors.  There are many forms of corns:
 
Seed corns: little tiny corns usually on the soles of the feet, often in clusters and associated with a dry skin type and regularly sit in areas of skin with a lot ‘finger print lines’.
 
Fibrous Corns: Large corns that sit over bony prominences on the soles of your feet often characterised by whitish tissue resembling scar tissue.
 
Neurovascular corns: extremely painful corns that contain nerve endings and blood vessels.
 
Helloma Durum or Hard corns that can appear anywhere on the foot where there is concentrated pressure.  Commonly on tops of toes from shoe pressure.
 
Helloma Molle or Soft Corn: Appear in moist areas especially between the toes.  They are very deeply painful and usually whitish in colour.  They are prone to infection.
 
Callus or Hard Skin

Hard skin (Callus) forms through a combination of friction and pressure.  
When skin is subject to trauma it attempts to thicken as part of a protection mechanism.  Small amounts callus that is not painful is known as physiological callus, when it becomes painful it is known as pathological callus and this pain is relieved by gentle debridement by a podiatrist.
Some people have a skin condition that causes an overgrowth of hard skin of the feet that has to be managed using a combination of special creams and regular chiropody as illustrated below:

 

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Before Chiropody After Chiropody

 

Nail Cutting

 

Many people are unable to cut their own nails due to poor eyesight, arthritic hands, nail deformity or difficulty in getting down to their feet.  Podiatrists are able to treat all manner of nail diseases from fungal infection, thickening or ingrown nails.

 

Athlete's Foot

 

Athlete's FootAthlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection.  It usually occurs between the toes because fungi like warmth and moisture, but left untreated can spread on to other parts of the foot. Moist fungal infections can be itchy, red, leaky and painful if the skin the cracks.  

 

Chronic fungal infections don’t even have to be itchy – they can just make your skin look reddish, dry and scaly.  Early intervention by your podiatrist can rid you of the infection and give you advice on prevention strategies.

 

Hammer toes, Mallet toes, Curly toes and Bunions

 

Toe deformities are common and troublesome.  Curly toes and bunions are usually hereditary and made worse by poor footwear.

 

Mallet toes and Hammer toes are usually caused by ill-fitting shoes or in combination with crowding due to encroaching bunions.  Your podiatrist can help keep all these conditions comfortable and in the case of young children can brace the toes

to prevent deformities forming.

 

Bunions are discussed at length under a separate heading, click on the word bunions above to go this page.

 

 

 

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