Cambridge Road Chiropody
103, Cambridge Road, St. Helens, WA10 4HF
01744 808 303

Services

These are a number of treatments provided by us. If you have any specific problems you wish to discuss with us, or any special treatments you wish to enquire about. Please contact us and we will be happy to arrange a home or clinic appointment.

Services we provide:

Routine chiropody and general footcare

Treatment begins with some questions about your general health and any medication you are taking. An initial assessment will cover neurological and vascular tests. Once this is completed and consent has been provided, treatment will follow. Common treatments would be nail cutting, nail reduction, ingrowing toenail management, corn enucleation, and callus debridement.

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Corn / callous removal

A callus is a yellowish plaque of hard skin, and a corn is a cone of hard skin which is pushed into the skin. Both of these conditions can be painful and change the way that we walk.

They are caused by pressure. This may be due to foot shape, shoes, activity or poor foot function.

A podiatrist can remove corns and callus with a scalpel, this is usually a painless experience. It is also possible for certain products to be used to break down the excess hard skin. In many cases corns and callus can be prevented. Using a good emollient on the foot will help keep your skin supple. Wearing cushioned footwear can also help.

A podiatrist can make devices which can reduce the pressure over problem areas, or correct the way that feet work by controlling their movement in the shoe. This can prevent the formation of callus and corns.

Don't leave your callus and corns unchecked.

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Verrucae treatments

A verruca is most commonly caused by the human papilloma virus, and forms a wart on the sole of the foot.

The virus can gain access to the skin, it is often associated with minor trauma. They are very infectious, and most common in teenage children, although anyone can have them.

You can try remedies available from your pharmacist, but please be very careful to read the instructions.

The body will recognise the virus at some point and they will resolve, but this can sometimes take years. If they are painful, or are causing distress, a podiatrist can help in their treatment by using certain treatments. Due to the nature of verrucae there can be no guarantees that a particular treatment will work.

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Ingrowing toe nail treatments

An Ingrown Toenail is a painful condition where the nail grows into the surrounding skin, most commonly found on the big toes. They can lead to swelling, infection and an odour.

It can be caused by the way your nails grow, or tight footwear/ hosiery or even excessive sweating of the foot.

Treatment can include soaking your feet 4 times a day in warm water and keeping a clean dressing on if the skin is broken. They often re-occur, so it is best to seek professional treatment from your GP or a podiatrist.

A podiatrist can remove some of the nail and make it more comfortable for you. In many cases, it is often worth considering nail surgery.

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Simple nail cuts

People with limited mobility can find it hard to perform a routine nail trim. This service will be provided at a reduced rate.

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Cracked heels / fissures repair

Cracked heels are often referred to as ‘heel fissures’. They are commonly caused by dry skin, and made more complicated if the skin around the rim of the heel is thick (callus). For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem, but when the fissures or cracks are deep, they are painful to stand on and the skin can bleed - in severe cases this can become infected.

The skin is normally dry and may have a thick callus which appears as yellow or dark brown discolored area of skin, especially along the inside border of the heel.

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Diabetic care and screening

Diabetics must pay particular attention to their foot health for a number of reasons:

Diabetes can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet, meaning that damage is more likely to go unnoticed.

There can be changes to the muscle power in the leg, leading to changes in foot shape and high pressure areas.

The skin can become dry due to autonomic nerve neuropathy. Dry skin is more likely to crack and create a portal of entry for infection. Also, diabetics are more likely to develop problems with their blood supply to the feet.

A podiatrist can perform vascular, neurological and functional tests which will tell you your foot health status. It is important to have your feet checked regularly, and you should check your own feet daily if you are a diabetic. Podiatrists are experts at offloading pressure from areas of the foot that are at risk of ulceration.

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