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Skin & Nail Care

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Your feet are the foundation of your body, creating a powerful platform for movement that allows you to stand, run and walk an average of 7,400 steps every day. Despite supporting your entire body weight throughout the day and absorbing the impact forces from the ground with every step, your feet are protected by just the skin surrounding them, their toenails, and the footwear you choose. As a result of their position on the frontline, the skin and nails can develop a range of painful or uncomfortable problems.

Discover Our Treatments For Optimal Skin And Nail Health

Skin and nail care appointments are a comprehensive service that can instantly help alleviate many skin and nail ailments through hands-on care by our experienced podiatrists. For most people, these appointments  leave them feeling noticeably better than when they came in. 

While some people book in due to an existing pain like a corn or an ingrown nail, others are no longer able to comfortably reach and care for their feet so have their feet regularly cared for. You may also be at high-risk of foot complications from conditions like diabetes, if proper foot care is not taken, so want to have regular care to reduce your risk of complications like foot ulcers.

What Causes Skin And Nail Problems?

Aside from the stress and pressure on our feet from our body, and the demands we place on them during sports, physical activity and daily life, our feet must also deal with the challenges of their location - risking contact with bacteria, fungus or viruses on the ground, managing a range of footwear which may come with friction and rubbing, dealing with hard and unforgiving surfaces, and much more. Alongside treatment, at your appointment we’ll also discuss the likely causes of your skin and nail problems and how you can prevent them from coming back.

Common Skin & Nail Conditions We Treat

Fungal nails

Fungal nail infections can be frustrating and unsightly, with many people being unhappy with the changes to their toenails such as yellow, white or brown discoloration, thickening, the nails becoming brittle and flaky, or taking on a moth-eaten appearance. Fungus travels through spores, and when the spores infiltrate the nails, the infection begins and progressively worsens, often spreading to other members of the household in the process. We safely, effectively and painlessly eliminate fungal nail infections using the PACT fungal nail treatment.

Thickened toenails

While some toenails grow thin and brittle over time, others become thick, hard and very difficult to manage without the right medical-grade tools to help. We are able to trim through even the thickest toenails, and help reduce some of their thickness with a burr. We also offer a nail rejuvenation service where we thin out thickened or damage nails and use our Keryflex nail restoration service to give the nail a beautiful, healthy and clear appearance

Corns

Corns are a small pinpoint area of dead skin that can feel like hard, painful pebbles lodged in the bottom of your feet. Corns may also present as soft corns between the toes after the area has absorbed excess moisture and become painful, or seed corns which present as many small seed-sized corns at the bottom of the feet. We remove corns safely, effectively and painlessly during your appointment to give you that much-needed relief when you stand, and teach you how to prevent corns from recurring in the future.

Calluses

Calluses are larger areas of firm, dead skin that build up in response to pressure or friction. As they grow bigger, they eventually reach a level where they become painful and uncomfortable. Interestingly, calluses are a protective mechanism from the body that tries to prevent your healthy skin from breaking when it’s exposed to high forces. We remove calluses simply and painlessly to a safe level, offering your feet some protection while helping them feel soft and comfortable.


Plantar warts

Plantar warts look like small, rough, round growths that are often mistaken for corns, and vice versa. They are caused by the HPV virus and are very contagious. Once you contract the virus, warts can develop on the feet and often these occur on weight-bearing areas which can make it difficult to walk without pain, prompting people to take action to treat their warts. We use an innovative and effective treatment for plantar warts called SWIFT microwave wart therapy.


Dry and cracked skin

When callus builds up around the heels, dries out and cracks, this is known as cracked heels. A danger with cracked heels is that it may not be just the hard outer layer that cracks, but also the healthy skin beneath, which is a potential source of significant pain, bleeding and infection. 

We can significantly reduce the thickness of your heels during your appointment, and may even be able to remove the cracks entirely in some cases, depending on their thickness. We’ll show you how you can best look after your heels at home and prevent them from cracking again.


Athlete’s foot (tinea)

Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection affecting the skin on the bottoms of the feet and between the toes. It often produces white, peeling bubbles on the surface of the skin that can make the skin look dry, while causing itching and discomfort. We help you choose the best antifungal agents to effectively manage your infection while teaching you how to prevent the infection from recurring or spreading to others in your household by putting the right measures in place to eliminate the fungal spores from your home.


Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails are a painful and often recurring problem where a sharp part of the nail pierces and penetrates the surrounding skin, and continues to grow in and irritate the area until it is treated. This can make it difficult for you to walk and wear shoes without pain. We have a number of solutions for ingrown toenail relief ranging from one-off removal of the ingrown nail spicule for first-time ingrown toenails, to permanent correction using a minor surgical procedure. 


Your Appointment With Us

Your skin and nail care appointment starts with a discussion about what your concerns are and any problems you have, then an assessment of the skin and nails of your feet. Next, after going over the plan with you and confirming that you’re happy with it, we’ll begin your care. If this is a routine skin and nail care appointment that focuses on trimming the nails and addressing any corns and callus, we can: 

We’ll also book you in for any specialised care you may need, such as wart removal, fungal nail treatment, ingrown nail surgery, a diabetic foot assessment, or if you’re experiencing musculoskeletal foot or leg pain, we’ll book you in for a biomechanical assessment. 

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FAQs

Why have my nails thickened and become discoloured?

Toenails grow thick and darken in colour due to the natural ageing process most commonly. As we age, our nails grow more slowly, and so can thicken. Other times, it’s from nail damage, like repeated pressure on the toenails from your footwear. It may also occur for a number of other reasons like a fungal nail infection.

What’s the difference between a wart and a corn?

Telling the difference can be hard, because on first inspection the two can appear very similar, especially if they are both covered by callus. 

Are warts and corns contagious?

Warts are contagious, yes, spreading through direct contact. Corns are not contagious.

How can I prevent corns, callus & cracked heels on the bottom of my feet?

Prevention really is the best medicine. As corns and calluses develop from areas of high pressure or friction, we can adjust the pressure beneath your feet - and hence the pressure that your skin is exposed to -  using custom foot orthotics. We recommend combining this with moisturising your feet daily to keep the skin soft and prevent it from drying out, which is a big cause of thick cracked heels.

Why should people with diabetes not try to manage their corns, calluses and warts themselves?

When you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of foot problems relating to not being able to detect what’s happening around your feet, wound healing, and infection risk. The risks are serious, with diabetic foot ulcers being the second leading cause of lower limb amputations aside from traumatic injuries. As such, it is safest to have a podiatrist care for your feet as they can care for them without the risk of causing damage, recognise all of the warning signs if something isn’t looking right, and help you maintain optimal foot health.

How frequently should I have skin and nail care treatment?

This depends on how quickly your nails grow or how quickly your problems like painful callus take to recur. Most people come every 6-12 weeks. Your podiatrist can help you choose the best time at your appointment, and if we find it has been too long or soon when it’s time for your next appointment, we can adjust your time frame accordingly.

Discover our other services & treatments

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Shockwave Therapy


Shockwave is a new and advanced, non-invasive treatment for painful foot and leg problem like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, shin splints, knee pain & more.

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Swift Wart Therapy


Swift uses medical microwave technology that is highly effective in resolving warts and verrucae. Some of the benefits include fast treatment time, no anaesthetic, no dressings and no pain post treatment. 

Front view of two feet with the PACT machine treating a fungal nail on the big toe

PACT


Do you have a fungal nail infection? We recommend photodynamic therapy (PACT) as a great alternative to traditional nail lacquers and oral medications. It is a safe, effective, and pain-free treatment for your fungal nail issues.

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