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SKIN CONDITIONS OF THE FEET
Corns - Callous - Cracked Heels - Verrucas - Warts - Blisters - Rashes - Ulcers
Corns and Callous
Callouses are areas of hard skin. They form as a result of pressure and friction. The skin hardens to protect itself. Most people have a little callous on their feet which is harmless. It is only a problem if it gets too thick or cracks and starts to hurt.
Corns are small areas of concentrated callous. They form under or over pressure points; between the toes; on the toes; on the sole of the foot and even in the grooves of the toe nails. The pressure usually comes from footwear. They can be very painful and if untreated can breakdown underneath becoming an abcess and ulcerate.
Cracked heels occur when heavy callous (hyperkeratosis) gets too thick and dry. It is often associated with open backed sandals which put a lot of stress on the skin on the back of the heels. They can split deeply causing bleeding and severe pain.
Verrucas and Warts
Verrucas are simply warts that occur on the sole of the foot and are squashed so they look a little different. They are caused by the human papilloma virus and are easily picked up off wet floors. They are commonly caught in the changing rooms at gyms and swimming baths.
They are usually harmless and naturally resolve when your immune system realises they are there and this can provide long term immunity.
However sometimes they grow into hard lumps which can be painful to walk on or start to spread so they need treatment.
Thanks for treating my daughter’s verrucas. The verrucas were removed in just two sessions using the freezing method. The lady chiropodist was fantastic with my daughter. She put her at her ease and the treatment was very successful. We would highly recommend this practise
We have several methods of treating verrucae and warts.
Caustic chemicals and waterproof tape are the simplest methods of treatment but can take a long time and need to be consistenly applied.
If it isn't too big or established freezing is usually effective. It normally requires three or four treatments.
Some verrucae can be very resistant to treatment particularly if they have been growing for more than six months, had previous treatment or are more than 10mm in diameter. For these we use Needling or Swift Microwave.
Image: Treating verrucae
Needling is carried out under local anaesthetic and involves repeatedly pricking the verruca to introduce the virus to the immune system thereby stimulating an immune response.
Swift Microwave Technology is the latest method of treatment for resistant verucae and warts. Developed in Scotland it is highly effective at treating those lesions that have returned or resisted previous treatment. It not only destroys the infected skin but stimulates the immune system directly. Treatment is normally with a course of three applications four weeks apart. It can be painful but is very quick.
Find out more about Swift Microwave therapy here
After having had a verruca for the last five years I have tried everything to get rid of it. I have tried having it frozen, I have tried depriving it of air by tape and nail varnish.
By the time I visited Twickenham Health Care, the verruca now the size of a fifty pence piece was painful to walk on.
I had Swift treatment on three occasions, it was painful but worth it. I am so delighted that I no longer have any sign of a verruca.
I cannot express my joy at finally being verruca free.
Congratulations to the Juriansz team.
Mrs C Boyle
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