Foot Problems

Cracked Heels

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Cracked Heels

What condition are your feet in? Beautiful feet reflect a caring personality. Normally attention is to our face, hands and often our feet are forgotten or just simply ignored or we are just too lazy to care. We forget our feet as often they are covered up and out of sight; therefore, out of mind as the saying goes. Reasons for cracked heels can be due to lack of attention, overexposure or dryness, lack of foot cream, footwear, weight gain. By applying continuous pressure of whole body on our poor feet, our heels get cracked (known as fissures). Reason for concern is not just cosmetic, feet looking untidy, but they can be painful and sometimes can become infected if cracks become deep. So please give your feet a bit of Love, Care and Attention. Treat your feet to a...

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What is a Verrucae?

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What is a Verrucae?

Verrucaes are viral warts caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection and are commonly benign. Warts often appear on the hands and/or feet. Warts appearing on the sole of the foot in podiatric terms are commonly termed ‘verrucaes’; these can spontaneously disappear within a couple of months or even years owing to natural immunity. However, owing to the social stigma that surrounds them and sometimes being painful especially when they are on the sole of the foot patients will often request treatment. Verrucae are contagious; the virus thrives on warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, sports changing rooms and bathrooms. Therefore, it is not recommended to walk about barefoot. The difference between a corn and a verruca is that a corn is simply...

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Sweaty Feet

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Sweaty Feet

Most people from time to time have suffered foot perspiration, odour; however, for some people this becomes a persistent problem.  In podiatry, this condition is known as ‘hyperhidrosis’ meaning excessively sweating feet. Sweaty feet can be caused by several factors such as: •    Occupational – standing on their feet all day •    Feet under strain due to structural problems within the foot •    Pain •    Hot weather •    Eating spicy hot and spicy foods •    Inherited condition •    Over-active sweat glands within the feet which can be triggered by hormonal changes e.g. stress/anxiety •    Medical disorder such as hyperthyroidism •    Wearing occlusive footwear (as worn in industry e.g. warehouses) and/or...

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