Podiatry & Footcare
We deal with all types of foot problem from simple nail cutting to in-depth biomechanical assessments, the latest microwave verruca treatments & minor surgery. Corn & hard skin removal, fungal nails, ingrowing toenails & verrucae are just some of the conditions we commonly deal with. But whatever your foot problem, we can help.
It may be that you need advice on Diabetic foot care or have Arthritis, we can carry out checks on your circulation, sensations & check the joint mobility. Sometimes prescribing specialist insoles to relieve pain from these conditions.
Ingrowing toenails can usually be dealt with simply but sometimes a small operation is needed to reshape or remove the nail, which we can carry out at the clinic.
Any foot problems such as simple nail care, corns, callous, verrucae, painful ingrowing toenails, fungal infections etc. can be treated & advice given on foot health care. Long term health problems such as arthritis or diabetes can cause many foot problems & we can help greatly with this. The standard appointment is 20 minutes following your initial 30 minute assessment appointment, but if your feet need that bit of extra attention then a longer appointment may be recommended by your clinician.
Initial appointments for all foot problems including routine foot-care allow us time to fully assess you and complete a full medical history. This allows us to treat you safely on the day and can then recommend the most appropriate type of appointment for future visits.
This is an examination of the alignment of the bones within the foot and leg to identify any structural problems. Podosmart digital gait analysis is part of this examination to identify mechanical problems during motion. This is ideal for investigating the cause of sports injuries, heel pain (plantar fasciitis) over pronation, moretons neuroma etc. This may need correction with specialist insoles called orthotics which will be prescribed by your podiatrist. An MSK assessment or a course of shockwave therapy may also be recommended by the podiatrist during this appointment. For more information see our Biomechanics page.
Surgery to correct ingrowing toenails or totally remove damaged / diseased nails is available. Our nail surgery package includes the minor surgery procedure under local anaesthetic, 2 free follow up checks and all the dressings needed for the procedure and while it is healing. As with all procedures under anaesthetic on the foot you will not be able to drive following the appointment for approximately 4-6 hours.
LCN Wilde-Pedique is a highly effective toenail correction system, comprising an extremely elastic UV nail gel that adapts to the movements of the toe. Its unique adhesive properties mean that good results can be achieved, even on thick layers of skin where a toenail may be missing or on scaly nail surfaces. It can conceal ridges and deformations and hide discolouration. Depending on the texture of the nail it is covering the reconstructed nail can last for many weeks. The replacement nail can be left natural or can be overpainted with any nail polish. Nail varnish remover will not damage it.
Verruca & Hand Wart Removal
Verrucae and warts on the hands are unsightly and can be very problematic to deal with but we use the latest Swift Microwave therapy techniques to cure them as quickly and painlessly as possible. Swift Microwave is the most effective method currently available to get rid of verrucas. We are proud to be one of the few clinics in the country to offer their revolutionary technique. For those people who are not suitable for Swift we also offer Verruca Needling and Low Level Laser therapy
Verruca and Hand Wart Microwave Therapy (Swift)
Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue. It is an exceptionally quick method of treatment as well as being a more precise, cleaner & reliable alternative to more traditional treatments
At 82% success rates, trialed on the most resistant verrucas, it is giving hope to people who have given up on ever being verruca free. 3 sessions are recommended at 4 weekly intervals and to achieve this high level of success it is essential that this course is completed following the recommended timeframe. A free follow-up appointment will be offered 12 weeks after the third treatment to ensure that the verruca has resolved.
Multiple verrucas and even warts on the hands can be treated at each session and this therapy is safe for the majority of people including low risk diabetics with good circulation and sensations as well as older children. No dressings are needed & you can return to normal activities immediately. Find out more
This effective treatment is a good alternative to resolve those stubborn verrucas. At almost 70% effective it is an option for those busy people who don’t want repeated visits to the clinic. One treatment is needed under local anaesthetic, with a follow up review after 6-8 weeks to ensure that it has been effective. Occasionally a second session of needling may be needed.
As with all procedures under anaesthetic on the foot you will not be able to drive following the appointment for approximately 4-6 hours. You will have a dressing over the treated area which remains in place for 48 hours and the site will be slightly tender like a deep bruise for a few days.
Laser Therapy Treatment
Pain free treatment using the latest, state of the art, Omega system laser. Stimulates the immune system to reduce chronic pain, promote soft tissue repair & fight viral infections such as Verrucas in children. Ideal for healing soft tissue injuries such as plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia. It can also be helpful in reducing the pain from arthritic joints. For more information please visit www.omegalaser.co.uk
Orthotics & foot care products are available to purchase from reception.