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Why Is Foot Health So Important ?

Preventative measures help with continued independence

Maintain mobility

Reduce the risk of serious health complications

Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It occurs when some of the bones in the front part of your foot move out of place. This causes the tip of your big toe to get pulled toward the smaller toes and forces the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out.  If left untreated surgery maybe required to correct this issue.  We offer bunion devices that may help in the preliminary stages sand

Calluses

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin that can occur across the ball of the foot, on the heel, or on the outer side of the big toe. While many consider them a skin problem, they actually are systemic of a problem with the bone. Calluses have painful nerves and bursal sacs (fluid-filled balloons that act as shock absorbers) beneath them, causing symptoms ranging from sharp, shooting pain to dull, aching soreness.

Calluses form from repeated friction and pressure as the shoe (or ground) rubs against a bony prominence (bone spur) on the toe or foot. The skin thickens in response to this pressure, small amounts of friction or pressure over long periods of time cause a corn or callus. A great deal of friction or pressure over shorter periods of time can cause blisters or open sores. Calluses typically develop under a metatarsal head (the long bone that forms the ball of the foot) that is carrying more than its fair share of the body weight, usually due to it being dropped down or due to its longer length. thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, especially in an area that has been subjected to friction.

Corns

Foot corns are hardened layers of skin that develop from your skin’s response to friction and pressure. You may have foot corns if you experience the following symptoms on the tips and the sides of your toes:

- rough, tough, yellowing patch of lumpy or bumpy skin

- skin that’s sensitive to touch

- pain when wearing shoes

Foot corns can be safely treated by a qualified foot care nurse, and you can even prevent future ones.  To make sure your corns don’t develop or come back after treatment, you have to eliminate the conditions that caused them.

Cross Over Toes

Crossover toe is a condition characterized by a second toe that drifts towards the big toe and eventually may lead to the toe crossing over and resting on top of the big toe. It is a progressive condition that can develop at any age, but it is most common in adults.  We can offer different cross over toe supports.

Diabetic Foot Care

If you are diabetic we recommend for you to do daily foot checks and assessments.  It is important that you share the information with your foot care nurse to help keep your feet in good shape.  Being diabetic you have a high chance of having issues with your feet.  For example; skin can be drier causing cracked skin, sore feet and changes in foot shape.  It is always important to stay on top of your feet to prevent infections or wounds from happening.

Fungal Nails

Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails.

If your condition is mild and not bothering you, you may not need treatment. If your nail fungus is painful and has caused thickened nails, self-care steps and medications may help. But even if treatment is successful, nail fungus often comes back.

Nail fungus is also called onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis). When fungus infects the areas between your toes and the skin of your feet, it's called athlete's foot (tinea pedis).

Hammer Toes

A hammer toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer.  Initially, hammer toes are flexible and can be corrected with simple measures but, if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.   We can offer different hammer toe supports and exercises that may help reduce the risk of possible surgery.

Onyfix Treatment for Ingrown Nails

The Onyfix nail correction system is a versatile and innovative product that enables completely painless treatment of almost all forms of involuted and ingrown toenails.

Your foot care nurse adapts the system individually and fixes it to your nail, which is then brought back into its natural shape as it grows.  The whole process is pain-free, during application and throughout the entire treatment!  Non-invasive vs surgery.

Thickened Nails

Changes in your toenails may be a symptom of an underlying condition.  Toenails that grow thicker over time likely indicate a fungal infection, also known as onychomycosis.  Left untreated, thick toenails can become painful.  Prompt treatment can be key to curing the nail fungus.

Warts

Plantar warts are caused by an infection with HPV in the outer layer of skin on the soles of the feet.  The warts develop when the virus enters through tiny cuts, breaks or weak spots on the bottom of the foot.  If left untreated, warts can last from a few months to 2 years in children, and several years in in adults.