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I’ve Sprained My Ankle – What Should I do?

I’ve Sprained My Ankle – What Should I do?

It’s so easy to sprain an ankle – kerbs, uneven surfaces, high heels, sports and sometimes your foot type (high arched feet, we’re looking at you!) can lead to painful ankle injuries. Ankle sprains can happen at the inside, outside or even at the front of your ankle. Lateral (outside) sprains are the most common and happen when your ankle rolls to the side and you hurt the soft tissues in the area.

Ankle sprains have 3 different levels of severity. A grade one ankle sprain is where the ligaments have been stretched or very slightly torn, the pain is mild and there might be some swelling and stiffness. You can usually walk reasonably comfortably, and the ankle is stable (we can test this for you).

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Case Study: Resolution of Fungal Nail Infections in Children

Case Study: Resolution of Fungal Nail Infections in Children

Podiatry Station are delighted to share this case study of a 13-year-old boy who presented with discoloured toenails, and after being under the care of our Specialist Podiatrist, he has successfully been treated for a fungal nail infection.

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Quick and Easy Solution for Ingrowing Toenails

Quick and Easy Solution for Ingrowing Toenails

Ingrowing toenails are a very common occurrence within the general population. Many people believe that only women suffer from them due to ill-fitting footwear However, men are more likely to suffer from them due to their footwear such as safety boots and formal shoes. An ingrowing toenail is where the nail pierces the skin, and an open wound is created. This becomes painful when the wound becomes infected.

An ingrowing toenail does not develop overnight. Before the nail breaks the skin, you will feel a great deal of pressure in the nail sulci. This is when you should seek immediate treatment from your Podiatrist, as early on it can be dealt with easily and most importantly without causing you much pain. Ingrowing toenails do not tend to get better by themselves and will often need regular attention. While this may keep the problem at bay it will not resolve the issue.
Nail Surgery is a quick and easy solution for dealing with ingrowing toenails permanently. Many patients get scared of the term surgery, but it is one of the simplest surgical procedures out there!

Below are the key facts about nail surgery.

  1. Nail Surgery is NOT painful
    A local anaesthetic is all that is needed to ensure that your toe is completely numb. This means that during the surgery you will feel no pain at all. The foot is also covered up during the surgery so you cannot see anything either!
  2. You only need a couple of days off from school or work
    Majority of patients choose to get their surgery done on a Friday. This means that they then come in on Saturday for their follow-up redressing appointment and are back to school or work on the Monday. This means that a patient needs no more than 2 days off from school or work. However, with so many of us working from home since COVID-19, many patients go home after their surgery and get back to work immediately, if they have a desk job.
  3. You can still work out
    After your nail surgery you can still go for a powerwalk, or run, or even do a gym workout. The only activities that we advise you refrain from doing is swimming and any form of aggressive sports, such as football or rugby to avoid the risk of trauma to the operated area.
  4. Get back into your favourite shoes
    Once the ingrowing toenail has been removed, patients feel the relief immediately. This often means that they can once again wear their favourite shoes, which only a few days before may have caused them pain.

Avoid a painful end. If you want a long-term solution such as nail surgery for your ingrowing toenails, then don’t wait until it’s too late, book your consultation at Podiatry Station now!

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Fungal Nail Test

Fungal Nail Test: How to diagnose a fungal nail infection

What is the first step in treating a Fungal Nail?

The most important stage is to correctly diagnose a fungal nail infection. Studies have shown that even experts (Dermatologists & Podiatrists) at very best can only be around 67% accurate by visual diagnosis, meaning they still get 1 in 3 diagnoses wrong. Clinical guidelines and published papers repeatedly state it is good practice to establish a formal diagnosis before treating. Why? This is because around half of thick discoloured nails are not fungal and you should not treat a patient for something they do not have!

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis and How to Treat It

How to identify Plantar Fasciitis and How to Treat It

My heel hurts! What should I do?

Heel pain can be a right pain in the… heel. Plantar fasciitis is a common problem affecting the bottom of the foot, causing that annoying pain near the middle of your heel and sometimes extends into the area of the arch. It can affect just one foot or occasionally both at the same time.

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Knee Osteoarthiritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition which can affect most of the joints in the body. With activity and age, the surfaces of our joints become damaged and are then repaired by our body’s own healing processes.

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Verrutop Available at Podiatry Station

At Podiatry Station we have recently introduced Verrutop for treatment of Verrucas and Warts.

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Pain and Inflammation: Lower Limb and Foot

Pain and Inflammation in Lower Limbs and Feet

There are several reasons why people experience inflammation and pain in their legs and feet. Lower back pain, knock knees, flat feet, tendinopathies, and plantar fasciitis are the most common musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. However, the list is endless. The good news is that technology has advanced significantly in recent years, providing a host of assessments and treatments that can assist with diagnosing MSK conditions in the lower leg and foot. Below are further details to help you get a better understanding of how we can help with MSK conditions.

Gait Analysis with the help of PODOSmart Technology

If you are a keen runner, walker or simply on your feet all the time, then a gait analysis is for you. If you are looking to improve your lifestyle and need treatment for pain or discomfort in the feet or lower limbs, a PODOSmart gait analysis is an excellent modern tool providing accurate results. This entails the patient going for a short walk with digital insoles that are placed inside their own footwear. The digital insoles have pressure receptors, motion detectors, and use artificial intelligence software to analyse your walking pattern. Alongside the gait analysis, the Podiatrist will also carry out a hands-on biomechanical assessment. This helps to assess your hips, knees, lower legs, and feet. After combining the results from the biomechanical assessment and the gait analysis, the Podiatrist will provide a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan. The treatment plan often includes footwear advice, personalised stretching and strengthening exercises, insoles/orthotics, and laser therapy.

Laser Therapy to help kick start your recovery

There are many different treatment options available for individuals who are experiencing inflammation and pain in their feet and lower limbs. Laser treatment is one that has become incredibly popular in recent times. This offers a proven way of managing both acute and chronic pain that is caused by MSK conditions. MLS Class IV Laser Therapy reduces pain because it addresses the cause of that pain, whether this is by healing, repairing or regeneration. Pain relief can often be felt after the first session but does vary with each patient. Laser therapy is completely safe, as well as non-invasive and painless.

Final words on pain and inflammation in lower limbs and feet

Technology has advanced considerably in recent times, and there is an abundance of resources available to allow patients to achieve far better results than ever before. As a matter of course, technology is ever evolving, and future assessments and treatments will only get better. If you are in pain or discomfort, do not delay and book your assessment with the specialist MSK podiatrists at our outstanding rehabilitation clinic, so you receive the best treatment plan for your specific condition and symptoms.

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The Best Shoes for People Who Work on Their Feet

The Best Shoes for People Who Work on Their Feet

If you work in an environment that requires you to be on your feet all day, then you’ll know how important it is to wear shoes that allow you to do your job in comfort. Many of us will have been in a situation where all you can think about is getting home at the end of a shift to rest our aching feet. But what should you be looking for when it comes to the perfect pair of shoes to take you through a working day in comfort?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ingrown Toenail Surgery

FAQ’s about Ingrown Toenails

The questions people ask us about ingrown toenails and toenail surgery.

A lot of people ask us “is toenail surgery painful?” along with a bunch of other really interesting questions. So to save time and hassle, we thought it would be a good idea to get some of these frequently asked questions answered for you in our latest blog post.  So here they are…

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