One common question a patient will ask is do I need bunion surgery. This short article is offered to provide some advice that looks objectively at the how to make that decision and discuss your needs with your foot health clinician. In this revised article the patient is now placed at the centre offering more than simple fact sheets.
This brief article covers orthotics or orthoses providing tips about what you might expect when this form of treatment for your foot is recommended. Can you buy your own for example and what is a prescription? Who should you avoid when being sold an orthosis. Read this article by podiatrist and a former orthotic director without adverts and sales pitch.
What does a podiatric surgeon do and how do we distinguish this profession that is now over 40 years old in the UK. This brief article helps enquirers in the UK make that distinction with links to relevant sites. Further enquiries to the official bodies are recommended for those wishing to seek a career in podiatric surgery.
Take bruised heel. Relatively unknown if not poorly described. The condition is mixed up with other forms of heel pain such as plantar fasciitis. David, a podiatrist and keen user of the gym writes about his own heel pain and how to deal with it.
Having written a couple articles on foot safety and accidents I wanted to talk about what to have in your First Aid Kit at home. It does not have to be complicated but better to have a stock of items to fit the need of that little mishap.
Had an accident to the foot? Well podiatrist David did. Fixing the problem was easy but then a good article was worthwhile and what better than a bit of self-advice from this former podiatric foot surgeon. He will take you through some pointers as how to manage and even prepare for that event you may never have happen – hopefully!
Blisters occur in vigorously active populations and result from frictional forces that mechanically separate epidermal cells at level of the stratum spinosum. Moist skin increases the frictional force, but very dry or very wet skin decreases friction force. Read more by Mike who has made a study of this common problem in this two part article for Reflective Podiatric Practice.
Hand-foot or palmar-plantar syndrome (HFS) and hand-foot skin reactions (HFSR) arise with cancer therapy. Initial symptoms include; swelling, numbness, a sense of tightness/stiffness due to the swelling), and pain in the palms and/or soles.
Routine podiatry will help to reduce fissures and callus through debridement (finely skilled scalpel reduction of dead skin) and leave healthy pain free skin. Frequent use of ointments to rehydrate the skin is recommended
Here are three types of conditions that can affect the nail: Onycholysis – separation of the nail. Involution – the nail starts to excessively curl creating a pinching effect of the skin at the sides and nails coupled with a weakened immunity, it allow opportunistic fungal infections to take hold.