How can I treat my cracked heels?

Cracked heels develop due to a lack of moisture and therefore reduction of suppleness in the skin around your heels. Therefore in order to treat your cracked heels you need to remove the affected hard skin and then rehydrate it. Removing the hard skin makes it easier for the cracks to heal as callus around …

Surgery for bony deformities

Bony deformities such as hammer toes and bunions can be treated by podiatric surgeons, usually as a day case procedure and often under local anaesthetic.  Podiatric surgeons are specialists in foot surgery, having undergone undergraduate training and then a comprehensive postgraduate course in both academic and hands on practical training. If you think you need foot …

How to keep your toenails healthy

It’s surprisingly difficult to achieve “perfect” toenails as compared to fingernails. This is partly because feet and therefore, toenails, are for the majority of the time kept in a warm, potentially moist and restricted environment i.e. socks and shoes. Toenails can be subjected to rubbing, pressure and repeated banging against the shoes – all of …

How can you treat corns?

Corns normally develop over a bony prominence like a toe. Shoes rub excessively over the bony prominence or the underlying bone may press against skin, which is in turn pressed against the shoe. Narrow or tight-fitting shoes can squash the toes, causing pressure and friction on the sides and tops of the toes and they …

How can you treat callus?

Callus develops as a result of excessive mechanical stress, such as pressure or friction, being applied to the skin over a period of time. This can be caused by everyday events that affect the feet such as wearing shoes that rub against the skin or simply the pressure of the bodyweight on the feet. Read …

What are orthotics?

Insoles and orthotics are effective solutions for reducing foot related pain and addressing postural problems, however it can often be confusing to know the difference between the two terms. Insoles or inserts offer cushioning and shock absorption. They may feel comfortable at first, however they do not address any biomechanical problems and symptoms are likely …