There are 3 types of corn found on the foot; hard, soft and seed

Hard corns,  (heloma durum).  These are found in pressure areas and boney prominences.  These are painful and can feel like you are walking on a small stone.  There is no ‘root’ but the corn is hard skin in a conical shape.  Podiatrists can remove these with a scalpel blade and they can be reduced in forming by filing them down and using a good emolient.

Soft corns, (heloma molle).  These are found in-between toes and are caused by the adjacent toe bone rubbing against the soft area of the other toe.  These can be painful and are difficult to prevent although wearing wider shoes can help. Podiatrists can reduce this type of corn by using a scalpel blade.

Seed corns, (heloma mille).  These are found on the bottom of the foot, generally in the heel area.  These are caused by friction and shearing forces in the foot.  Often these are not painful but if they are, the Podiatrist can remove these using a scalpel blade.  These can be helped by using a good emolient.

The picture below shows a toe which had a corn removed from under the corner of the nail.  This was a high pressure area and causing a great deal of discomfort.  The corn was successfully removed and a small slice of nail taken away to give longer-term relief.



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.



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.


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



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.