Manor Croft Clinic Ltd
Phone: 01329 280750
Int. +44 1329 280750
General Chiropody / Podiatry
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.
These are bony lumps occurring on the side of the foot by the big toe joint, often associated with a sideways alteration in the 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.
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.
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 prescribing an appropriate course of treatment which may include exercise and orthotics.
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 the 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.
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.
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 fairly simple treatment by the use of orthotics. See our page on Biomechanical Assessments.