This is a painful condition, which is usually caused by the nail being too wide for the toe. The toe will tend to swell which makes the nail stick in even more. There are two alternatives for the treatment of ingrowing nails. These are:-
1. Regular routine chiropody. This is probably the best option if the nails become uncomfortable every three to four months.
2. Partial nail avulsion. If the nail causes pain frequently and the toe becomes infected it is worth considering this option. The basic aim is to make the nail narrower as it is only the side section that sticks in and causes the pain. Whilst we do not carry out this procedure we are able to advise a patient on this during a routine appointment.
For millions of years the human foot walked over soft surfaces such as earth or sand. To get a grip, the outside edge of each heel is angled so that it digs in on contact. This meant the rest of the foot had a firm anchor when it came into contact with the ground.
We now walk on hard flat surfaces. When the outer edge of the heel comes into contact with the ground, it is still angled so cannot dig in, so the whole foot has to roll in to accommodate the prominent outside edge. This is the major cause of flat feet (pronation). It also places great strain on the knees, hips and back. Orthotics rebalance the foot, they achieve this by raising the inner edge of the heel. This means that when the heel strikes the ground the inner and outer edge are effectively at the same level. In addition they support the arch to stop it collapsing. We have a selection of ready made orthotics to suit most foot types.
What is a verruca?
If you have a verruca it is most likely that you will have caught it from a communal floor such as a swimming pool or changing room but it could just as easily have been at home or on holiday.
The virus that forms a verruca is called the Human Papilloma Virus and it can survive, for some time outside the body. To become active it needs a host cell to infect and it finds this in the upper layers of the skin known as the epidermis, often entering through cuts or abrasions. The only way that a verruca can be successfully treated is if your body produces an antibody to the virus our treatment stimulates the body to do this.
The treatment we carry out consists of the physical removal of as much of the verruca tissue as possible with a scalpel. We then use freezing and chemicals to remove more tissue, this triggers an immune response, and if all goes well the appropriate antibodies are produced over subsequent weeks. The verruca undergoes a natural deterioration before disappearing. This may take one or many treatments. However ultimately it is the patients production of antibodies that will destroy the verruca.
If you are a new patient the fee for your first visit is £47, this includes the initial assessment, treatment, materials and medication that may be used in the course of a treatment.
Subsequent consultations or if you have attended before the fee is £39 .