Callus (tough dead skin) and corns (callus worked into a nucleus with friction) result from localised areas of pressure and friction. As a result, they can become extremely uncomfortable and, in some cases, debilitating. As they are due to localised mechanical forces, they are often a sign of underlying foot issues or lumps, bumps and crooked toes.
If ignored, callus can become thick and result in deep blistering. In contrast, corns can become as hard as rocks and damage deeper tissue, resulting in the development of more complex neurovascular corns (neurofibroma).
Corns and callous are quickly and painlessly treated with a single appointment. There may be underlying biomechanical reasons for their growth if they develop underneath your feet. Alternatively, when growing on the tops or sides of your feet, they are likely the result of poorly fitting footwear. In either case, podiatrist's at the Foot and Leg Pain Centre will painlessly remove the skin lesions and show you the underlying reason for their growth.
Plantar warts (verruca pedis) can be stubborn and become painful with an overlying callus. At the Foot and Leg Pain Centre, we offer a range of accepted Western Medicine and painless evidence-based Western Herbal Medicine treatment methods (Khan, Cerio et al. 1999).
Feet are the thermoregulators of your body. Like your car's radiator, they can help reduce your core temperature when they sweat. However, the degree of sweating can be adversely influenced by conditions such as Diabetes Mellitus, peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy, to name a few.
Our practitioners are skilled in assisting you with skin conditions (dermatitis). Some of the more common skin conditions we can help you with include; psoriasis, excessive foot sweating (hyperhidrosis), troublesome foot odour (due to the bacteria living within this sweat), athletes foot (fungal infections such as tinea) and bacterial infections with pitting (pitted keratolysis).
Our experienced podiatrists are skilled at diagnosing, treating and managing troublesome toenails. Our toenails have an essential function in maintaining and protecting the soft skin at the end of our toes. Toenail thickness, shape and health can be affected by a range of general medical conditions, including Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes Mellitus and fungal infections (Onychomycosis), too name a few.
Ingrown toenails are usually be treated painlessly by avoiding the skin and simply cutting the toenail. Special instruments are used to remove irritating toenail edges from the skin, allowing the skin to heal before growing the toenail out. Our experienced podiatrists use every precaution to do this painlessly. In extreme circumstances, we can numb your toe with a local anesthetic. In the rare event, the conservative growing out of the toenail fails. Surgical removal of the offending toenail fragment with a Partial Nail Avulsion is available on site. In these cases, a cosmetic outcome is central to our approach.