Busy Life: Busy Feet
Common Foot Problems
-what we treat and how
Below are listed some of the commonest conditions and what treatment we provide for them...
This is just to give you a general idea - a lot of things can go wrong with feet!-
So if you have a foot problem that you can't see here,
it doesn't mean that it we can't help;
you can always give us a ring to make sure
Common Foot problems and their treatments
Callus or hard skin can develop for several reasons, but are normally due to pressure or friction forces working on the skin.
Corns form over specefic pressure points, commonly occuring over weight-bearing points on the ball of the foot, or on top of the toes, where the skin rubs inside the shoes. Corns can be very painful but are usually easily removed.
Soft-corns are corns that occur between the toes, so are normally softer, but can still be very painful when left for too long!
For all of these problems your chriopodist/podiatrist can reduce these areas of abnormal skin build-up, which should give some immediate pain relief or increased comfort. Yet unfortuantely, once skin has learnt to grow wrong once, it likes to repeat its mistakes! To try to reduce, and hopefully even prevent, callus or corn regrowth, your podiatrist will give advice on what you can do, and will talk you through things any possible mechanical causes. If there is an underlying mechanical problems, then orthotics or insoles can be discussed.
Athelete's foot is a generic term for a skin fungal infection on the feet. Best treated with regular applications of an anti-fungal cream such as lamisil, daktarin or canesten, combined with some strict foot hygiene i.e. washing with soap after wearing shoes for extended periods.
Verrucas or Verrucae are small areas of skin taken over by a virus. Everyone hates them, not least becuae they're a pain to get rid of! Where children are concerned, unless the verrucas are painful it is advised to wait and let their own immune system deal with them. But if they occur when you're an adult, or if they painful on a child, the quicker the verrucas are treated the more likely to respond to treatment. At the Lewes Foot Clinic we chiefly use more course-like treatments with applications of silver nitrate or salicylic acid.