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Check their Feet #toebusiness18

Many elderly clients that I see have very overgrown toenails

this is because they can’t deal with them and no one really sees their feet

Unfortunately, not many people like dealing with feet either

I often get calls from shocked relatives who have eventually seen the feet of their aging relative and they feel very upset that the feet are in this condition.

PLEASE CHECK THE FEET OF ELDERLY RELATIVES

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Nail surgery

Ingrowing nail (left hand side)

This person had an ingrowing nail which kept becoming infected. You can see from the large bulbous area of the toe that it was causing a lot of pain.

This picture was taken just after the injection of anaesthetic – see the two red blobs of the injection site further down the big toe.

Generally even if only one side of the nail is the issue, both sides are removed as evidence suggests that there is a movement of the nail plate when a section is removed which will in time cause a similar problem on the adjacent side.

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Portsmouth – home visits

If you have received one of my cards through your door, you will receive a £5 discount off a home visit appointment.

This time of year many clients benefit from the home visiting service I offer within Portsmouth.

If you find that the inclement weather and bus journeys are too much, why not book a home visit?

I offer all the treatments that you can have within a clinic but at home. I can deal with thick nails, ingrowing nails as well as corns and hard skin.

All advice is free and I have a small selection of products at reasonable prices if you require them.

I am also qualified to prescribe antibiotics if you have any infections in your foot and all dressings at the time of appointment are supplied free of charge.

For some people, coming to my home is convenient.

I live in Copnor, 10 Mayhall Road, PO3 5AU. During the day on-street parking is available

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Chilblains

It’s that time of year when the weather turns cold that we see more of these on feet.

Some people are more prone to these than others and indeed suffer from them in milder conditions too.

The cause is blood moving away from the extremities towards the organs in the body as these are more important to keep at an ideal temperature.

If the chill remains for too long then blood vessels are damaged and less able to contract and expand.

If warming occurs too quickly, the sudden burst of blood can also damage vessels and feel painful.

Recommended are double layers of socks, (silk as a first layer to insulate then wool over the top).  Plastizote insoles are helpful.  Balmosa cream is good on skin which is not broken and can help keep the area warm. A good waterproof pair of shoes with thick soles is also a good idea if you are going to be outdoors.