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Your First Line of Protection against Infection

The nails and skin on your feet are the first line of protection against trauma and infection. As a result, they often sustain damage. Neglecting your feet, or simply being unable to look after them due to age, disease or injury, often leaves them susceptible to continuing problems.

There are a number of common infections that cause foot pain and discomfort that we treat, and we’ve listed these below:

Ingrown Toenails

Common in teenagers, this painful condition causing redness, swelling and infection. Ingrown toenails can be a result of genetics, trauma, poor cutting technique, or footwear. If left too long, surgery may be required to successfully remove part of the nail. However, if we see this condition during its early phase, less painful treatments can be performed.

Fungal Toenail

When a fungal organism penetrates under the nail, the result is thickened, discoloured, and brittle nails. Although this condition rarely causes pain, it’s unsightly. Everyday there’s a number of fungal creams and coatings advertised on TV, however, for the most effective and fast solution, it’s best to see a trained professional.

Thickened Toenails

Nails, like skin, thicken due to pressure and trauma, such as dropping something on your toe, or wearing shoes that are too small. Thickened nails are hard to cut and can be painful when wearing shoes.

Hard to Cut Nails

As we grow older, we may become less flexible, weaker in our hands, slightly vision impaired and a little bit bigger around the waist. These factors make cutting our nails a lot harder. We can complete this task for you.

Callous/Hard Skin

Built up hard and dead skin on the foot is common and painful. Thickened skin is the body's way of protecting the internal structures from pressure and damage. We’ll reduce this condition and show you strategies that will help prevent re-occurances.

Corns

A small organised area of skin with a centre that is shaped like a cone are known as “Corns”. These place pressure back down into the soft tissue and nerves in the feet, causing pain.

Warts

A growth caused by a strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV). It is contagious and so can easily spread. May be painful because of the hard skin built up around it.

Blisters

These usually develop on the outer layer of skin to protect an area from repeated friction and force. Blisters present as a pocket of clear, or blood filled fluid, depending on the depth of skin irritation. If left unchecked, blisters can become painful and infected.

Tinea/Athletes Foot

A fungal infection of the skin causing red, dry, flaking skin, usually between the toes or on the soles or sides of the feet. These infections can become itchy and painful. We can provide effective treatment options, creams and prevention strategies.

Dry Skin

A common condition that often occurs when regularly wearing open shoes. It can also be caused by skin conditions including eczema, or psoriasis. Dry skin can lead to complications if the skin cracks and bleeds.

Cracked Heels

May be a cosmetic concern, however, cracked heals can also lead to more serious problems as fissures can become painful and bleed. If untreated they will continue to deepen and may become infected.

Smelly, Sweaty Feet

Sweat creates an environment that promotes bacteria and fungus growth which can damage the integrity of skin and nails. The smell is usually skin debris broken down by the bacteria. If you live with this condition, we can treat and help prevent it.