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What's the problem?

At Walsh Chiropody / Podiatry we treat all foot problems and have an extensive knowledge to deal with any condition. See the list below for more details.

Ingrowing toenails

These can be very painful and sometimes become infected. The nail grows into the skin usually at the side and can become very inflamed and cause pain with various shoes and activities. The good news is they are easily dealt with, the Podiatrists here can numb your toe and a simple do a surgical procedure which cures the problem and prevents it re-occuring, sometimes we can do a less invasive procedure and often we can see you the same day to provide instant relief for your symptoms. Book in now to get the problem solved and stop the pain of this condition.

Fungal nails

These are nails which are infected with a fungus. Usually they become discoloured or yellowed. They can be treated with some topical treatments, the worse infections may require tablets from the GP. It helps to have them reduced in thickness and as much of the fungus removed during your routine treatment. We can test your nail to see if there is an infection present if we need to. Although they can unsightly they dont usually caused and serious problems. Often poeple think they have fungal nail infections but the nails may just be damaged and growing thick. Booking in for a routine treatment would allow us to see what is the best treatment for you.

Corns

These are sore painful areas of thick callous (hard skin), they are not always on little toes or clawed toes, they can be anywhere which is exposed to pressure. Typically they can occur at the side of nails or under the foot. These are easily dealt with and can be removed in a routine treatment, during which you will be assessed to see if there is any way of preventing their return.

Callous

This is hard skin which occurs in response to frictional pressure, it can be easily dealt with, by professional reduction during a routine treatment. During this treatment we will assess you to see why this is callous is being caused and try to offer help and advice on keeping it away for as long as possible. Often one thing that really does help callous formation is the application of a really good moisturising cream. We recommend CCS cream which is excellent and gives good results especially on dry split heels.

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be due to various things. The most common type is called Plantar fasciitis, however bursitis and tendonitis are among others. It is a good idea to have an assessment to see the cause and go through our 5 step treatment program. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue under the foot which inserts into the heel bone and when the foot isn’t functioning well it can pull too hard into the heel bone and set up inflammation. This causes the often experienced symptom of pain after resting. A biomechanical assessment is often advised to firstly assess the foot and leg function and then prescription of simple insoles or even custom made orthotics will help the function improve and thus reduce the pain. The diagram shows the plantar fascia underneath the foot, which becomes stretched and pulls where it inserts into the heel.

Foot ache or pain

If your feet hurt when you are walking or standing you should see a Podiatrist. Foot ache or generalised pain is often due to dysfunction of the foot when walking / running. The best way to proceed is to book in for a biomechanical asssessment which will allow us to determine what is happening and how we might best improve foot and leg function and thus reduce the stress and strain on the feet and therefore allow the aches and pains to settle down.

Pain in the ball of the foot

Problems in this area vary from a conditon called metatarsalgia to another called mrotons neuroma and the treatment is tailored to the problem and cause.The best way to proceed is to book in for abiomechanical asssessmentwhich will allow us to determine what is happening and how we might best improve foot and leg function and thus reduce the stress and strain on the feet and therefore allow the problem to settle down..

Bunions

These are enlarged joints which press onto shoes and cause pain and discomfort. Often adaptations to footwear and simple Chiropody treatment to any corns etc can relieve pain in them. Sometimes surgery is required to align the toe again. Booking in for a routine treatment would allow us to treat any associated corns / callous and give the best advice for you on this conditon.

Verruca's

These are viral infection on our feet. They are warts and can occur in any position on our feet but typically under the sole. Sometimes they don’t require any treatment at all as they can go away on their own. However, if they are sore and causing problems they can be dealt with in a number of ways, including cryotherapy. Book an appointment to discuss your options.

Who needs to see a Podiatrist / Chiropodist?

Many of us will at some point in our lives need to see a Chiropodist / Podiatrist and in fact an occasional check up to help avoid issues occurring can really help. We visit the Dentist regularly but many of us forget about our feet and the potential issues which are occurring and can cause big problems affecting our mobility and health. See the list below for more details.

Anyone with a foot problem.

Literally anyone at any age with any foot problem which is affecting them can benefit from a visit to the Podiatrist. Also it is not a bad idea to have a foot MOT even if there are no problems currently. (once a year at Walsh Chiropody / Podiatry in February we offer FREE FOOT CHECKS which consists of a free 10 minute check up where we can check your feet for potential issues, or if you want to ask a question you can come along), Look out for it on the website, facebook page or register for your newsletter for more information. If you have any type of foot problem please book in for us to help. Have a look at the type of appointments we offer and book in.

Runners/Athletes

Anyone who runs a lot will be putting their body through its paces. Sporting / running recurring injuries often occur which can slow runners etc down. We offer biomechanical assessment where we have invested in software and hardware to enable us to check the function of your feet via treadmill and video gait analysis. We provide you with a copy of the video files and the software to view them afterwards. We can then prescribe exercises that may improve your joint range of motion. We can administer manipulations which also can improve range of motion in certain joints. Insoles / orthotics can then if necessary be provided to improve your foot and leg function. This can cure your symptoms and give you less likehood of the issues returning. Click here to download our Sports injury and biomechanics leaflet.

Elderly Foot Care

As we get older often we often get more foot problems. Our nails can change shape and become thickened which makes them harder to cut and cope with. Our skin becomes dryer and less supple, and our joints may become more arthritic and press onto our shoes. This can make us get more corns and callous, which can be painful. So thankfully there are Podiatrists who can help cut our nails, reduce the painful hard skin and remove corns which can improve mobility and improve quality of life.  Book in for a routine treatment and get the help you need to improve you feet and keep you as mobile as possible.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetics need to have good footcare because of the ways Diabetes can affect your feet.  Diabetics can sometimes get problems with circulation and sensation.  Therefore effective screening and monitoring together with appropriate careful treatment can help reduce potential issues which may face diabetics otherwise.  At Walsh Chiropody / Podiatry we have a system of monitoring your feet and assessing your diabetic risk category, including an annual screening which is formally communicated to your own GP.  Footwear advice is also important for Diabetics and correctly fitting shoes are very important.  We recommend the Dr Comfort footwear range if you are struggling to find comfortable shoes.   

Arthritic foot care

Arthritis comes in various forms. Mainly osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these can be quite debilitating conditions which can cause problems with mobility.  Obviously deformity in the foot caused by arthritis can cause us difficulty in finding shoes that accommodate the foot. We can help you with footwear choices and with any issues of callous and corns to keep you on your feet and improve your mobility and quality of life.

Children's Foot Care

Children can sometimes need a Podiatrist. All sorts of issues can affect children. Intoeing, flat feet, verrucas and ingrowing toenails to name but a few. A Podiatrist can help with these issues and re-assure parents and children.  Give us a ring to discuss the issue and we will be able to advise you of the best type of appointment to help.

Where is it Painful?

To try to help you determine the correct treatment for your condition the following list may help narrow down the area causing concern.

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be due to various things. The most common type is called Plantar fasciitis, however bursitis and tendonitis are among others. It is a good idea to have an assessment to see the cause and go through our 5 step treatment program. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue under the foot which inserts into the heel bone and when the foot isn’t functioning well it can pull too hard into the heel bone and set up inflammation. This causes the often experienced symptom of pain after resting. A biomechanical assessment is often advised to firstly assess the foot and leg function and then prescription of simple insoles or even custom made orthotics will help the function improve and thus reduce the pain. The diagram shows the plantar fascia underneath the foot, which becomes stretched and pulls where it inserts into the heel.

Foot Pain

Foot ache or pain is often caused by poor foot function. Our feet all function very slightly differently to each other and some of us walk efficiently and some less efficiently.
During a biomechanical assessment we will look at your how your feet are functioning and if they need some help when walking to relieve the aches and pains.
A common area of the foot to be painful is the front of the foot or ‘ball’ of the foot. There are conditions called metatarsalgia or Mortons Neuroma, which can be very painful conditions.
Again a thorough assessment to give you the best treatment to cure the problem is what is required, Biomechanical assessment, advice and insoles if necessary.

Shin Pain (front of leg pain)

Pain in the shins is often referred to as shin splints. Although there are other causes of this the main issue is poor function of the foot. This is most common with runners and especially when running on hard surfaces.
The muscles in the shin work much harder than they are meant to and get inflamed and painful.
A biomechanical assessment can identify the cause of the issue and provide a solution to resolve the problem.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can be caused by many things, however the way we walk and the way our feet and legs function plays an important role in our knee function. Therefore when our feet or legs are not functioning well often strain and wear and tear occurs in and around the knees.
Commonly the front of the knees is painful around the patella (knee cap) area. When we use orthotics or insoles to support the foot function we can influence the knee and improve its function, which very often leads to resolve the knee problem.  A biomechanical assessment can help us identify the best treatment and if we can help.

Hip Pain

Pain in the hip can sometimes be caused by the way we walk. Of course as we get older wear and tear can cause osteoarthritis and an X ray may be helpful to rule this out. However, a poor gait can cause conditions such as bursitis and illio tibial band syndrome which can also cause hip pain.  If you have other symptoms in your feet and legs or nothing has shown on an Xray then booking in for a biomechanical assessment could be exactly what you need. Insoles / orthotics to improve your foot and leg function can resolve these issues and help prevent re-occurrence.

My Calf

Calf pain can be due to a few things but is very often link with poor biomechanics. The muscle over-working or straining because it is compensating for poor foot function can cause calf pain.  Achilles tendonitis, muscle pulls, muscle strain, muscle rupture, compartment syndrome are all issues related to poor calf function.  Book in for a biomechanical assessment and we may be able to get to the root of the issue and provide insoles / orthotics to improve foot function and reduce the strain on the calf.

My Back

Back pain is extremely complex and has multiple causes. Obviously it can occur at different levels in our spine and can be muscular or related to the small facet joints in our spine.  When someone has a one off back issue I would always recommend seeing your GP for treatment / X rays etc.  However sometimes if the issues are recurrent and there is no major problems on an X ray then the issues could possibly be related to foot and leg function.  Booking in for a biomechanical assessment if no other obvious causes can be seen is an excellent idea.

My Toenails

Ingrowing Toenails

These can be very painful and sometimes become infected. The nail grows into the skin usually at the side and can become very inflamed and cause pain with various shoes and activities. The good news is they are easily dealt with, the Podiatrists here can numb your toe and a simple do a surgical procedure which cures the problem and prevents it re-occuring, sometimes we can do a less invasive procedure and often we can see you the same day to provide instant relief for your symptoms.  Book in now to get the help you need.

Other Nail Problems

Booking in for a routine appointment will allow us to see what the exact issue is with your nail and allow us to treat and resolve it for you.  See the earlier comments on fungal nails if you think this maybe the problem affecting your nails.