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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).
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
At Podiatry Station we have recently introduced Verrutop for treatment of Verrucas and Warts.
As the Summer holidays approach many patients are planning on going abroad to soak up some much-needed sunshine. Whilst the sun provides us with essential vitamin D, it is important to remember that skin cancer and melanomas of the nails is on the rise. Over 90% of cases are due to over exposure of the sun, making the disease largely preventable. By following the points below we can all enjoy the sun safely. Read More
But don’t be fooled when it comes to dealing with your own injuries! Our blog this month details what you should do following an injury or muscle strain. The first 48 – 72 hours after any injury can be crucial and many patients underestimate how they can help themselves.
The Easter holidays are nearly upon us and for a lot of us that will mean going away for a much-needed break. Just ensure that you soak up the sun and sea and don’t bring back any unwanted germs with you. Every year after the 2-week Easter break we see a large increase in the number of patients coming in with verrucae, that they have picked up whilst on holiday. Our Blog this month will hopefully educate you on how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
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