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Manor Croft Clinic Ltd

Manor Croft

Church Path

Fareham

PO16 7DT

 

Phone: 01329 280750

Int.   +44 1329 280750

 

General Chiropody / Podiatry

 

Painful feet are both uncomfortable and unnecessary. Healthy feet mean pain free mobility and improved confidence. Regular visits to a Manor Croft Clinic HCPC Registered Podiatrist/Chiropodist (formerly State Registered Chiropodist) can help maintain healthy feet.

 

We can also deal with conditions relating to the hands where the pathology is the same as that of the foot. Please first ask our reception staff to have a chiropodist call you back to discuss your concern before making an appointment.

 

 

Typical complaints we deal with

  • Painful foot joints, arches, shins or knees
  • Difficulty cutting nails
  • Fungal infected nails
  • Painful or thick nails
  • In-growing nails
  • Corns, callus or bunions
  • Verrucae
  • Itchy, flaky or dry skin
  • Chilblains
  • Cracked Heels
  • Blisters
  • General foot problems
  • Some back, hip, knee and or ankle pains

 

All of the above can be painlessly and confidently treated by our practitioners.

 

 

Typical Solutions

  • Your first visit will include a detailed assessment, treatment as appropriate, and advice. Your practitioner will advise where further visits are necessary.
     
  • Regular toe nail care program to suit individuals requirements, including treatments for fungal infections, thickened and difficult nails.
     
  • Ingrowing toe nail treatments including nail surgery with local anesthetics available where required.
     
  • Pressure relief for bunions and toe disorders and general advice on footwear and foot health aspects. Gentle removal of corns and reduction of callus.
     
  • Various verruca treatments using chemicals and/or cryosurgery.
     
  • Full biomechanical and gait analysis. Joint mobility assessments. Foot casting facilities for provision of prescription insoles, appliances and orthotics.
     
  • Regular foot health checks where appropriate, in particular for high-risk patients, e.g. those suffering from diabetes and or circulatory disorders.
     
  • For the more severe types of foot disorder it may be that a patient would benefit from our specialist services, as detailed in the Biomechanical Assessments and Nail Surgery Pages.

 

 

Corns & Callus 

Callus, or hard skin, results as a response to pressure and friction and usually occurs on the soles of the feet. Corns are thickened areas of hard skin which usually occur over bony prominences. Both can be very painful. Both can be easily and painlessly treated in our clinic using specialised sterilised equipment.

 

Bunions

These are bony lumps occurring on the side of the foot by the big toe joint, often associated with a sideways alteration in position of the toe. Although often painless in themselves, pain occurs due to pressure and friction over the prominent area resulting in the formation of a bursa. This may become inflamed. Treatments are tailored to the individual with a strong emphasis on prevention.

 

Verrucae

Often painful, verrucae are the result of a viral infection. Treatments are many and varied and we aim to choose the most appropriate for the individual (age, activities, number of verrucae, pain level, etc.). The emphasis here is on confirmation of the diagnosis and prevention of spreading the infection, either to the other foot or to other members of the household.

 

Athletes Foot

Due to a fungal skin infection this can vary from a mild irritating rash to a severe and debilitating skin disorder. Treatment emphasis is on confirmation of the diagnosis followed by advice on the most appropriate form of treatment and prevention of recurrent infections.

 

Ingrowing Toe Nails

This is where the side of the nail, usually on the big toe, penetrates the skin of the toe. This may result in an infection, with swelling, bleeding and discharge and is extremely painful. The sooner these are treated the better. Treatments may be non-surgical where possible, or surgical. Surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic with the application of a chemical to prevent the nail, or part of the nail, regrowing. We endeavour to respond quickly to requests for surgery. Time off work is not usually required.

 

Fungal Infection of Nails

These can vary from very mild, presenting as white areas on the nail surface, to severe where nails are thickened, discoloured and crumbly. Confirmation of the diagnosis is very important here prior to treatment. Treatments vary depending on the severity and extent of the infection i.e. how many nails are affected and how far the infection has progressed towards the skin fold.

 

Thickened or Deformed Nails

Sometimes nails are thickened or deformed as a result of injury, either a sudden major injury or repeated minor injuries. These can be difficult to cut and lead to pressure problems and pain. Nail reduction in our clinic is simple and painless using our high speed electric nail files.

 

Foot / Leg Pain

People often present with pains in their foot or leg. These may be due to bone or soft tissue disorders and include such problems as plantar fasciitis, morton's neuroma or shin splints. Here the key is in making the correct diagnosis and in order to do this we may suggest a Biomechanical Assessment (gait analysis). This entails looking at foot and leg function, possibly using our treadmill and/or slow-motion video, which will help determine the cause of the problem. We may then be able to address any issues and help attain an improvement in gait.

 

Cracked Heels

The skin around the edge of the heel needs to be elastic and stretch when weight bearing. Thick hard skin or very dry skin leads to inelasticity resulting in areas of cracking. These can crack into the underlying soft tissue resulting in pain, soreness, possible bleeding and even infection. Treatments depend on severity, usually removal of the hard skin and application of appropriate emollients. Here at Manor Croft we also have access to medical 'heel glue' for severe cases.

 

Chilblains

Sore areas on toes and fingers resulting in an abnormal reaction to rapid reheating after cold in susceptible individuals. Nearly always limited to the winter months. Treatments are aimed very much at prevention..

 

Nail Cutting Service

Many people find it becomes increasingly difficult to reach their toe nails for cutting. If you do not have anyone in the family to assist then it can be a problem. Leaving nails long can be the cause of other complications, such as ingrowing nails that become infected, damage to the nail bed leading to disfigured and thickened nails, ulcers, corns, pain and fungal attack of the resulting damaged nails. Regular cutting and review of other possible issues is something we offer and find to be popular.

 

Mortons Neuroma (Plantar Digital Neuritis)

This is on the increase and is associated with the wearing of high heels.  It presents as a pain in the ball of the foot area and can be very debilitating.  Fortunately the problem often responds well to faily simple treatment by the use of orthotics. See our page on Biomechanical Assessments.

 

 

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