What is the difference between a Podiatrist, Chiropodist, or a foot health practitioner?There is no difference between the two titles they are interchangeable, and both protected by law. The term Chiropodist has traditionally been used in the UK whilst Podiatrist is recognised and used more internationally.Foot Health Practitioners are practitioners that provide foot health services and offer guidance to promote foot health and comfort to a varied number of individuals with different foot health problems.
What is a verrucae?
Verrucae are viral warts and are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). They are contagious and precaution should be taken when sharing bathrooms or swimming pools. Treatments can often be painful, and most verrucae will go away on their own without treatment within 18 months.
Verrucae treatments offered are:
- Silver Nitrate Treatment which you require a maximum of 6 treatments.
- Verrucae Needling procedure under local anaesthesia
What is Verrucae Needling?
Verruca Needling is 100% natural and works with the body's own immune system. Verruca needling tells the body that the virus is present. The body responds by producing antibodies which fight the virus and destroy the warts. Studies have shown that verruca needling works within days for 70% of people. Verruca needling technique explained. “First I use a local anaesthetic to numb the area so that the patient doesn’t feel anything. Then I use a sharp needle to pierce through the verruca into the living part of the skin. My training has taught me how to avoid blood vessels, tendons and nerves so the foot isn’t damaged at all by the procedure. it takes a little over an hour to do and it works within days. When there are several veruccae on one foot, I only need to treat the main one. The patient’s immune system will attack any others. This method is 100% natural. It doesn’t use any nasty chemical treatments at all.” According to Chioma, verruca needling can also be effective for some types of corns and callouses. “I see a lot of patients who wear safety boots at work. The steel toecaps can rub and create troublesome corns that make going to work painful and difficult. These respond very well to needling which means that patients can be back to work in no time.”
No verrucae treatment is 100% effective.
Why do we get corns and calluses?
Corns and calluses can be caused in arears of high pressure on the foot could be due to structural deformities of the foot, previous injuries, your gait, or pressure from inappropriate footwear.
What causes ingrowing toenails?
Ingrowing toe nails can be caused by various things like; inappropriate footwear, trauma to the nail bed, structure of the toe, patient’s gait, picking and cutting toe nails the wrong way, fungal nail damage and lots more.