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Are your feet ready for summer?

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Are your feet ready for summer?

Get Your Feet Ready for Summer!

At long last the summer months are nearly upon us, and I think we speak for everybody when we say, bring it on! Our blog this month is all about how to get your feet ready for the Summer.

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Dangers of Using Over the Counter Products

Dangers of Using Over the Counter Products

This month we bring you the case of a 10-year-old boy whose parents were worried about a skin lesion on the sole of his foot.  Unsure of what this small black lesion was, they called their family GP who diagnosed a Verruca and told the family to go buy an over-the-counter product to treat the Verruca.

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Circulation Testing

Circulation Testing – Avoid Breakdowns / Ulcers

Your circulation refers to how the blood vessels and veins transport blood around your body. The arteries are responsible for delivering oxygen from the heart to all the major organs, and the veins are responsible for pushing the deoxygenated blood back up to the heart. If there is a problem within your circulation, then there will be signs and symptoms that you should not ignore. Problems with your arteries will present as different symptoms compared to problems with your veins. Knowing when to act will prevent future breakdowns and ulcerations.

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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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