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Orthotics & Insoles

We sometimes call Orthotics insoles

We describe excessive Pronation as when the foot rolls inwards too much.  You are likely to see this in a ‘flat foot’ (pes planus).

We describe excessive Supination as when the foot rolls outwards too much. You are likely to see this in a ‘high arch’ (pes cavus) foot.

Orthotics are used in feet that are painful or not moving in the way that they should. They are also used in flat feet or high-arched feet when that condition is causing a problem.

The orthotic or insole is adjusted for each individual.

The theory is that due to the angles placed on the insole, when the foot hits the ground, the forces acting on the foot will act in a different direction so that the foot will have better mechanical function.

A range of orthotics is offered to provide different levels of ‘correction’

 

 

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Nail Surgery

Nail surgery is what we do for ingrowing toe nails or for very damaged nails.

For ingrowing nails, we remove the side section which is causing the pain.

For damaged nails often we will remove the whole nail.

 The procedure involves local anaesthetic, similar to the dentist, we make the area numb which allows us to remove the problem without pain. We apply a chemical that stops the nail from growing again.

A dressing is applied and a follow up appointment is booked usually 2 days post surgery.

You will be given instructions on how to care for your wound.

Typically, the toe will no longer require a dressing after about 5 or 6 weeks. Dressings after the initial dressing are a simple plaster.

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Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can be very painful and are also unsightly.

These are caused by dry skin and can be caused by footwear such as flip-flops which constantly slap against the heel area.

When the heel is cracked, it can bleed and become an area where bacteria can enter the blood system.

It is important to file the area and apply emolient daily.

If the heels have got very bad, a Podiatrist/Chiropodist can help reduce the hard skin and cracks and advise you on the best way to keep your feet looking and feeling great.