Foot Treatments

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INGROWN TOENAIL / NAIL SURGERY

An ingrown toenail is one that pierces the flesh of the toe. It can feel as if you have a splinter, be extremely painful and inflamed or infected. In more severe cases, it can cause pus and bleeding. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too. There are many genetic factors that can make you prone to ingrown toenails including your posture (the way you stand), your gait (the way you walk) and any foot deformity such as a bunion, hammer toes or excessive pronation of the feet (when your foot rolls inward excessively). Your nails may also have a natural tendency to splay or curl out instead of growing straight, encouraging your nail to grow outwards or inwards into the flesh. However, one of the most common causes is not cutting your toenails properly, for instance cutting nails too low in order to relieve the pressure and discomfort of an involuted nail.
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Musculoskeletal ultrasonography

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of a wide array of foot and ankle problems such as tendinosis, tenosynovitis, rupture, dislocation, ligaments that are commonly torn, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, and plantar plate injury.

Sports and overuse injuries to the foot and ankle are common. Ultrasound has been established as an excellent diagnostic modality for muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and soft tissue pathologies. It provides a rapid non-invasive and cost-effective examination tool to patients with acute or chronic pain or problems.

ORTHOTICS

At The London Podiatry Clinic we provide specifically tailored orthotics to meet the patients unique requirements.

Our orthotics are based on French fabrication techniques built over years of experience, research and development. They are designed to meet the patient’s lifestyle, to improve and alleviate specific ailments and discomfort. All insoles are customised to fit different kinds of shoe wear (a wide range of sports and everyday shoes, evening shoe wear such as stiletto heels). The insoles are made of the finest leather. They can be custom-made in the material of your choice.

FUNGAL NAIL / SKIN INFECTION

The infection develops slowly and causes the nail to become discoloured, thickened and distorted. Toenails are more frequently affected than fingernails. The medical name for a fungal nail infection is onychomycosis. A fungal nail infection may not cause any obvious symptoms at first.

As it progresses, the infection can cause:

  • discolouration of the nail – it may turn white, black, yellow or green
  • thickening and distortion of the nail – it may become an unusual shape or texture and be difficult to trim
  • pain or discomfort – particularly when using or placing pressure on the affected toe
  • brittle or crumbly nails – pieces may break off and come away completely

Sometimes the skin nearby might also become infected and be itchy, cracked or red and swollen.

STEROID INJECTIONS / JOINT INJECTIONS

A joint injection (Intra-articular injection) is a procedure used in the treatment for inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendinitis, bursitis, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, and occasionally osteoarthritis.

A hypodermic needle is injected into the affected joint where it delivers a dose of any one of many anti-inflammatory agents, the most common of which are corticosteroids. Hyaluronic acid, because of its high viscosity, is sometimes used to replace bursa fluids. The technique may also be used to withdraw excess fluid from the joint. Besides, steroid injections can be an option for treating Morton’s neuroma and plantar fasciitis.

Electrosurgery

Electrosurgery is used in dermatologic/podiatric practice to destroy benign and malignant lesions (abnormal skin growths), control bleeding (hemostasis), and cut or excise tissue.

Electrocautery is just one type of electrosurgery.

The Conmed Hyfrecator® is a brand name for a low-powered electrosurgical device used for electrofulguration, electrodesiccation, and electrocoagulation.

Terminology used in electrosurgery

Some of the terminology used to describe electrosurgery is confusing. The aim of the procedure is to perform cauterization. It relates to the coagulation or destruction of tissue by heat.

The term electrocautery is most often used in reference to a device in which a controlled direct current is used to heat the cautery probe.

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