- Ingrown Nails
- Fungal Nails
- Calluses & Corns
- Plantar Warts
- Athlete’s Foot
- Cracked Heels
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- High Arches
- Flat Feet
Calluses & Corns
Calluses and corns on the feet are thickened layers of skin that arise due to the body’s natural defence mechanism towards friction and pressure.
Warts on the bottoms of the feet (plantar warts) are commonly caused by the Human Papilloma virus (HPV) when in contact with the skin. This type of wart affects the outermost layer of the skin, and is commonly contracted when walking barefoot in areas where shoes are not required (e.g. pool decks, change rooms, public showers, saunas, etc.). It is not recommended to attempt to remove your own warts or use over-the-counter remedies without consulting with your chiropodist first.
Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) is a result from the fungi that thrives in humid and moist areas that affect areas of the skin. This condition often occurs between the toes or around the soles of the feet. Despite its name, this condition affects athletes and non-athletes alike and can be contagious from contaminated towels, socks, or surfaces where people are often barefoot-like gym locker rooms or public showers.
Excessive dryness and pressure around the heel may cause the skin to crack, and may even result in bleeding. It’s important to apply moisturizer daily to the tops and bottoms of our feet and around the heels, but not in between the toes as excess moisture in these areas may lead to a fungal infection.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. It occurs when the connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes and supports the arch of your foot, becomes inflamed or irritated.
Achilles Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the large Achilles tendon that runs down the back of your calf, becomes irritated and inflamed. This common condition can occur due to the overuse of the Achilles tendon through walking, jumping, running, going up stairs, and more.
Having high arches reduces the body’s ability to absorb shock, which creates extra pressure on the joints. In addition to causing discomfort and pain, having high arches make the feet more susceptible to other foot conditions – such as callouses, hammertoes and more.
Flat feet is a foot type, which occurs in roughly one-third of the population. This is when the feet have very low, or non-existent arches. Flat feet can create a misalignment throughout the body and can make you more susceptible to other foot conditions – such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and more.