General podiatry treatment for foot pain, hard skin, athletes foot and more
Poor foot health can have a huge impact on your life, from impeding your performance at work to preventing you taking your children to school or walking the dog. Painful feet also mean you are less likely to engage in physical activity which can result in other health issues such as heart disease and diabetes, reduced endurance and loss of muscle mass.
At our Worcester based podiatry practice we offer podiatry treatment to diagnose and treat a variety of foot disorders and deformities as well as providing general foot advice to help you live your best life.
We treat people of all ages as well as all problems associated with a wide range of medical conditions. Perhaps you have athletes foot, a painful lesion, corns or callus’ (hard skin) on your foot or maybe you have thickened nails that you cannot manage yourself. The good news is that general podiatry (chiropody) care from SO Podiatry can provide you with much needed relief and allow you to stand, walk or run pain free.
Common foot problems we treat include ingrowing toenails, fungal infections, warts/verrucae, hard corns and callus etc all are managed in our Worcester city clinic, during your appointment.
“I have seen Steph over the last nine months with a variety of foot ailments and found her to be very professional and approachable. However, most importantly, she has managed to cure the corn under my nail. I have no hesitation in recommending her.”
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General podiatry practice/chiropody treatment is usually a painless treatment and we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly approach, helping you to feel relaxed throughout your podiatry appointment. Our in-depth foot care and footwear advice will enable you to spring into stride.
General podiatry FAQs
What foot issues do you treat?
SO Podiatry can treat all general foot complaints such as athlete's foot, callous, chilblains, corns, fungal infections, dry cracked skin, ingrowing toenails, sweaty feet, psoriasis, lumps and bumps and verrucas.
Should I cut a ‘V’ in my big toe toenail?
When you are cutting your toenails try to use a toenail clipper as opposed to a fingernail clipper this way you should be able to achieve a nice straight edge all the way to the end. It is not useful to cut a V in the middle of the toenail, as this will not reduce the chances of your toenail becoming ingrown. It is important to cut your toenail straight across and perhaps use a file to smooth any rough edges and corners. Always avoid digging down the sides or cutting them down the sides as this can cause ingrowing toenails.
How do I treat hard skin and corns?
Hard skin otherwise known as callus and corns are caused by increased pressure friction and rotational stresses to the skin. This can because due to the way that your feet move and function as well as how footwear can affect your feet. Making sure that you have good fitting footwear that is supportive and fit for purpose can make a big difference to how hard skin and corns form.
It is useful to use a good quality foot cream which contains Urea, as this will reduce the amount of hard skin and callous’ that build up. It is important to try to have a good foot hygiene routine to prevent these problems getting worse.
At SO Podiatry we will be able to help get you started on this journey and give you the best advice and treatment to help improve your foot health.
I’m worried about my bunions, are they going to get worse?
Bunions are quite common and are often genetic. You’re more likely to develop a bunion if someone in your family's first or second generation has them already. It is often difficult to say whether bunions get worse depending on the stage that they are at, at SO Podiatry we can help you establish what you can do to reduce your chances of developing one.
Wearing the correct shoe for your foot along with regular foot exercises, night splints, the support of insoles and strapping techniques can often help you on your way.
Do I need to see a podiatrist or chiropodist?
There really is no real difference between the two. "Podiatrist" is the most common and modern term. Chiropodists and podiatrists have the same qualifications and experience and both can help you with minor or more severe lower limb issues such as heel pain, knee pain, numb toes, shin pain, achilles issues or perhaps a long standing ingrowing toenail, or bunions. It is always important to check that your podiatrist/ chiropodist is HCPC (Health Care Professional Council) registered.