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Essential Foot Care Tips for The Winter

Essential Foot Care Tips for The Winter

During the winter season, feet are constantly kept in warm socks and closed footwear. It is very important not to forget about your feet and to keep looking after them. Winter brings about different challenges to foot care and below we list some of the ways you can take care of your feet on those chilly winter days. Below are several essential winter foot care tips.

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Toenail Fungus Treatment and Fungal Nail

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is an infection that works its way through any cuts in the skin or cracks in the toenail. It can be identified by the toenail changing colour and becoming thicker and, in some instances, can be painful. However, several toenail fungus treatment options are available.

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November Lockdown: We’re Open As Usual

As lockdown begins, Podiatry Station remains open!

Our clinic will remain open as usual during the lockdown!

Podiatry Station are healthcare professionals, and therefore we are exempt from closure during national or local lockdowns (all tiers). We are operating as usual, with strict health & safety measures in place, and will closely monitor advice issued by the Government and The College of Podiatry.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ingrown Toenails in Children

Everything You Need to Know About Ingrown Toenails in Children

Ingrown toenails can be a painful experience, and due to the recent Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown, the number of children developing ingrown toenails increased dramatically. This was due to the lack of care available. We have seen a rapid increase of cases since reopening in May. When a child suffers from an ingrown toenail, many parents might not understand the signs or symptoms, and may not know what to do. In most cases, specialist assistance is required to solve the issue. Below we summarise what you need to know about ingrown toenails.

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Ingrown Toenails – What are they and how to treat them

Ingrown Toenails – What Are They And What To Do About Them

During the course of our lives, our feet put up with a lot. They are our most important mode of transport and it is very important that we take good care of them, whether this means buying the right type and size of shoes or getting any issues sorted out as soon as they occur. One common issue that you might find yourself facing are ingrown toenails.

What are ingrown toenails?

A common foot issue, ingrown toenails, occurs when the corners or edges of the toenail press into the skin next to the nail. This most commonly occurs on the big toe. However, it can happen to any of your toes. It can be incredibly painful and can sometimes become infected. An ingrowing toenail can be caused by wearing shoes that squeeze your toenails together such as those with a narrow pointy front. It can also be a result of cutting your toenail incorrectly (either too short or not straight across), and via an injury to your toenail (for example by dropping something on it or kicking something).

How can an ingrown toenail be treated?

If it is not dealt with properly, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious issues with your foot, so when you notice a problem you should take steps to resolve it as soon as possible. If you have an ingrown toenail there are a few things you can try at home to treat it, and these include:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water several times a day for a couple of days – this can help to soften the skin
  • Ensuring your foot is dry
  • Wearing comfortable, wide shoes that do not make it worse

 You should not cut the nail or wear pointed shoes while you have an ingrown toenail.

Seeking help

Sometimes it is necessary to seek additional help from a Podiatrist if you have an ingrown toenail. We have recently seen an increase of patients suffering from ingrown toenails, and due to the lack of care available during COVID-19 lockdown, this has resulted in an increase of toenail surgeries (partial or full removal of the nail). With early intervention and ongoing management of the infected toenail, a Podiatrist can provide routine maintenance and help to avoid surgical procedures, where possible.

If you suffer from ingrown toenails and need to see a podiatrist, call us on 020 3327 0194 or book an appointment here.

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Get Swift Verruca Treatment at Podiatry Station

We Now Offer Swift Verruca Treatment at Podiatry Station

At Podiatry Station, we are always introducing the latest treatments for our patients. We now offer Swift Microwave Therapy for Verrucas and Warts. Podiatry Station is one of a few clinics offering this breakthrough verruca treatment for skin lesions in North West London.

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What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?

What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?

If you have ever had a problem with your feet, be it a concern or a painful nail, then chances are that you have looked for a local Podiatrist or Chiropodist. But what is the difference?

Before 1993, if you had an issue with your feet or lower leg, then you will have been referred or recommended to see a Chiropodist.

However, post 1993, what were once known as Chiropodists are now referred to as Podiatrists. These two job titles are much the same, except that Podiatrists have been trained to deal with a larger range of issues and conditions that may affect the lower limb and foot. Diabetic ulcers, Paediatrics (Kids Feet), Biomechanics (study of how the lower limb and foot works during the walking cycle) and certain dermatological problems are just some of the issues that a Podiatrist is now capable of dealing with.

Here is just a glimpse of some of the reasons why you might need to seek the help of a Podiatrist.

Diabetes

When your body does not make enough insulin or does not use the insulin it creates in the right way, you are known to have diabetes. If you have diabetes then you are at a much higher risk of damaging the nerves in your feet or legs, as well as reducing blood flow to your feet.

These conditions can cause serious complications and can even result in serious infections or amputations. With regular appointments, treatment and advice, this can often be prevented as a Podiatrist will see the early warning signs and intervene.

Read more about diabetic foot ulcers and our diabetic footcare advice.

Nail Disorders

There are numerous conditions that can affect your toenails.  From discoloured thickened fungal toenails to infected ingrown toenails, the Podiatrist can treat and advising on them all.

Bunions and Hammertoes

Bunions is the term given to when the big toe deviates towards the lesser toes. This condition is usually painless however it can cause the patient a great deal of embarrassment and stress when purchasing footwear. Hammer toes is the name given to the lesser toes when they become fixed in a bent position and can no longer straighten up.

A Podiatrist can help with the above by assessing your feet in greater detail and advising you on which type of footwear would be most suitable.

Heel Pain

Without realising it, our feet really do take a lot of stress and strain every day. From time to time they may become painful. Heel pain is a common area of pain, which many patients visit a Podiatrist for. This can be caused by playing sports or can be a result of poor footwear. After completing a biomechanical gait analysis assessment, a Podiatrist will be able to diagnose the condition and provide a suitable treatment plan.

Summary

No matter what reason you may have to visit a Podiatrist or a Chiropodist, you can rest assured that your feet are in safe hands. At Podiatry Station we will treat you with the utmost care and profession, keeping you on your feet.

If you need to see a Podiatrist, call us  020 3327 0194 on or book an appointment online here.

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4 Ways to Avoid Back Pain

4 Ways to Avoid Back Pain

At the moment we are in the middle of Covid-19 lockdown situation, this means that many of us are sitting at home, usually slouched on the sofa, or we are working at short-term home desks, which are not actually fit for that purpose. When you think of this, it is easy to see why lower back pain is something that many people are going to be suffering from at the moment. The thing about back pain is that it is not only incredibly uncomfortable and causes a range of issues, but it is also something that can be prevented.  To help you make sure that you avoid back pain as best you can; we have put together our guide on the 4 easy ways to avoid back pain.

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Phone and Video Consultations

As we are all restricted to work remotely for now, Podiatry Station are now offering phone and video consultations. We realise that majority of our patients require hands-on treatment, and remote consultations are not always going to be an ideal solution for everyone. This way we are still available to provide advice and guidance, until business resumes as usual. By booking a remote session, our Podiatrist will consult with you over the phone or by video connection. This will allow for an assessment to be carried out, and help you start the treatment plan immediately. This will avoid a delay in your treatment, and prevent any existing problems from getting worse.

To get a phone or video consultation started please call us on: 020 3327 0194 or email: info@podiatrystation.com

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Clinical Health Technologies Official Statement on Coronavirus

For those of our customers who have been asking, we are still able to supply Clinisept+. Find out more about how this product kills viruses by reading the official statement below. This was released by the distributors of the product:

In response to the many enquiries we have received regarding the effectiveness of Clinisept+ against Coronavirus, Clinisept+ has been rigorously and independently tested and proven to be highly effective in killing all enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus, in under 15 seconds.

Clinisept+ is a new chemistry and therefore not yet registered as a skin disinfectant. However, Clinical Health Technologies is working towards attaining this accreditation which would enable us to legally state that Clinisept+ is rapidly bactericidal, fungicidal, virucidal and sporidical – as per the independent test evidence.

Given the exceptional situation with Coronavirus and Clinisept+’s ability to protect against infection, we are currently in discussion with authorities regarding the wider use of Clinisept+.

If you would like to place an order, then please call us on 0203 327 0194 or email us.

Your order will be ready immediately, so there is no need to wait.