Podiatry / Chiropody / Express Pedicure Callus Peels
Podiatrists and chiropodists are uniquely trained to assess, evaluate and provide foot care for all conditions affecting the foot and ankle, including:
- corns and callus
- ingrowing toe nails
- aches and pains within the foot
- foot problems associated with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
Problems with knees, hips and backs may also be caused by abnormalities found in the foot.
Podiatry 1st appointment and routine Podiatry
During the consultation we will take your medical history, in addition to the physical assessment.
In most cases treatment will be provided at your first appointment, however, if your assessment takes longer to complete (maybe you need further tests) then you will be invited back for another appointment.
Many NHS trusts do not now provide services for people with basic foot care needs unless they have an underlying medical disorder and are considered to be a high risk patient.
It helps us greatly if you complete a medical history form and bring it with you. We record details including your: name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, GP name and address, past and current medical history, allergies, medication, and any previous Podiatry treatment.
We may write to your GP, after your first appointment, to inform them that you are registered with our practice and give brief details of any treatment plan. Please tell us if you do not wish us to communicate any information to your GP.
In most cases treatment will be started at your first appointment, and you will require follow up appointments. Many options will be explored like: chemical therapy ( salicylic acids ), cryotherapy and needling.
Sometimes toenails can curve in (known as involution) or ingrow (known as onychocryptosis) causing pain and discomfort. Involuted nails dig into the sulci (the grooves to the side of the nail), whilst ingrowing toenails normally puncture the skin at the side or apex of the toe. Ingrowing toenails can be excruciatingly painful, and are usually swollen, red, inflamed, exude pus and may impair your mobility.
In most cases treatment will not be provided at your first appointment, and you will be invited back at a later date. If your toe is infected it may be necessary for us to give you a course of antibiotics prior to any surgery
We anaesthetise the toe(s) using a local anaesthetic into the base of the toe. Once it has gone numb we apply antiseptics and a tourniquet.
We then remove the ingrown (involuted) section of the nail and any scar tissue or hypergranulation tissue.
A chemical called phenol is applied to cauterise the nail bed (matrix), stopping it from regrowing.
Patients need to attend 2 more redressing appointments which are included in the price.
Preventative foot treatment has been shown to significantly reduce the complications in the diabetic foot and all patients with diabetes are recommended to visit a Podiatrist at least once a year for a check-up.
Biomechanics and Musculo Skeletal assessment
As humans we are either static (at rest) or dynamic (moving). Therefore, we assess you in the same ways, we lie you flat and examine your normal joint positions (range and quality of motion) from the hips down and watch you walking or running (called gait analysis)
From these assessments we can see how you walk or run and whether or not the position your joints function in is responsible for causing symptoms such as bunions, corns, calluses, knee pain, ankle pain, shin splints, etc. If the symptoms are caused by abnormal (pathological) function we can attempt to treat the cause of the symptoms.
There are many ways that include: physiotherapy, simple exercises, special taping and strapping, special insoles called orthoses or a change in footwear. To make the orthoses we take a plaster of paris cast and send them to a laboratory with your prescription (the analysis of your mechanics determines the type of insole you require). The orthoses are worn in your shoes or trainers (if prescribed for sports problems) and maintain your feet in their ideal position reducing the need for the body to compensate, therefore, reducing the symptoms you experience.
We also offer with Mel:
Mel Austin a qualified beauty therapist and Advanced Foot Health Practitioner in training, she can offer an Express Pedicure to men or women who simply need their nails cutting, hard skin reducing or who are in need a little pampering for the most neglected parts of our body. The feet! After a relaxing soak and foot scrub the toe nails are cut and shaped, hard skin is buffed, cuticles are pushed back and trimmed. This is followed by a relaxing yet stimulating foot and lower leg massage to get the blood flowing and help ease those day to day aches and pains.
Now available in addition to an express pedicure or as a stand alone treatment is a Callus Peel. This treatment takes approx 25 minutes and melts away hard calluses for softer, healthier looking and feeling skin.
Your feet will first be soaked in a Neal’s Yard foot soak before being dried and briefly examined. Nails will be trimmed and cleaned and cuticles lifted and pushed back off the nail plate. Dry, hard skin buffed off. To finish you will receive a lower leg (trousers permitting) and foot massage to increase circulation and relax those tired muscles.
Professional Callus peels are applied to thick, hard skin and allowed to work for 10-20 mins, the softened skin is then gently scraped and buffed away to reveal softer, more pliant skin.
Callus Peel with Pedicure
Professional Callus peels are applied to thick, hard skin and allowed to work for 10-20 mins, meanwhile toenails are trimmed and cleaned and cuticles are lifted and pushed back off the nail plate. Once the peel has been left on long enough the softened skin is then gently scraped and buffed away to reveal softer, more pliant skin. To finish you will receive a lower leg (trousers permitting) and foot massage to increase circulation and relax those tired muscles.
Top to Toe Package
This is a lovely package for someone looking for a little relaxation along with some practical therapy. A back, neck and shoulder massage is offered according to your personal preference along with an express pedicure. All you have to decide is which to have done first.
The Towcester Clinic
- 8 Sponne Shopping Centre,
- 01327 353544
If you are not sure of what therapy or treatment you need, we are here to help. We are a team of qualified and experienced therapists and will be able to make sure you get the right treatment for you.