Whether we’re walking, running, jumping, or climbing, our feet take a lot of abuse on a daily basis…

In fact, according to the College of Podiatry, each of us will walk approximately 150,000 miles in our lifetime – that’s equivalent to walking around the world more than six times.

It will probably come as no surprise then that suffering from foot-related problems can be a pretty common issue. This isn’t helped by the fact that each foot contains 26 small bones, making our feet one of the body’s most complex and intricate areas. In other words, we all know how painful it can be when we hurt our feet.

Fortunately, thanks to the scientific advances of modern-day medicine, treating foot problems is much easier than it used to be. In this post, we break down three commonly reported foot problems and discuss how each of them can be treated or prevented against.

Athlete’s Foot

Regardless of its name, Athlete’s Foot doesn’t just affect athletes. This fungal infection of the skin is commonly picked up at gyms, showers or swimming pools – pretty much any area where people tend to walk around barefoot.

Since it’s a fungal infection, the fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot tends to thrive in warm, damp areas. It’s incredibly contagious too, able to spread from your feet to other areas of your skin, such as your hands or scalp. Typically found between the toes, the condition causes discomfort, itchiness and pain. You’ll know you have it if your feet start to itch, crack, blister or peel.

Treating it is fairly straightforward using an antifungal spray, powder or lotion. However, if the condition worsens, doctors can prescribe stronger oral antifungal medicines to help.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain. As its name suggests, tendonitis is caused by inflammation around a tendon – a strong, cord-like muscle which anchors your bones to your legs, feet and ankles. There are four main causes for tendonitis: overuse, abnormal foot structure, trauma or a pre-existing medical condition – more or less anything which causes the tendons surrounding your feet to become damaged.

As with most muscular injuries, the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method is the first port of call when it comes to treatment. However, if this doesn’t work, you will need to seek professional advice. A doctor, chiropodist or podiatrist will take an X-ray or tendonitis ultrasound of the affected foot, to help diagnose the problem. They will then likely prescribe you nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and recommend some improved footwear to use in order to alleviate the pain.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis by their medical name, are toenails which curve into the skin. They are very common and are mainly caused by any kind of trauma to the nail or nail bed. This could be from dropping something onto your foot, wearing shoes that are too small for you, or from repetitive pressure on your feet when playing certain sports.

Treating the problem depends on its severity. In non-severe cases, over-the-counter options such as antibacterial soap and good quality nail scissors can help alleviate the problem. If the ingrown toenail starts causing you pain though, it’s a good idea to get it looked at by a professional – either a doctor, podiatrist or chiropodist. They will work with you to try and take the pressure of the nail off your skin. However, if these techniques fail to address the problem, surgical treatment will be required to remove the nail.

If you suffer from one of these issues or are concerned about any other foot-related problem, the Sussex Foot Centre is here to help. Why not contact us today so that we can talk through the problem with you?

Jonathan Collins Specialist Podiatrist

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J K
J K
09/05/2022
I was in so much pain with my right foot because I got a cyst in it and just found Sussex Foot Centre in google and called them for booking appointment. The person I talked with was so helpful and they offered appointment on the same day. Everybody working at this place were so friendly and experienced. At my first appointment I had a consultation with ultrasound scan and clearly described me the next steps what would solve my problem and it really reassured me because I was so scared and tired from the pain and for long waiting time on GP referrals. For the treatment, I got an appointment on next day (again so fast!!) and already when I came out from the Centre could walk much better and the pain disappeared. I am so grateful for them and still going back for regular checking and advices. I also having issues with my nails too and I am sure I could get a quick solution on those issue too! Everybody having issue with their foot please don't hesitate to get in touch with Sussex Foot Centre - just give a try and I am sure you will don't disappoint! For me honestly was a life-saver. Thank you so much!
Tundi Bodi
Tundi Bodi
03/05/2022
Highly recommended due to efficient, spotless, courteous staff with on time treatment. You could take a good step forward by using this team.
Brian Beesley
Brian Beesley
03/05/2022
Excellent podiatrist- knowledgeable, professional, caring and quick. Thanks!
Murdo Guy
Murdo Guy
25/04/2022
I can't thank this gentlemen enough. Pain in my foot had effected my whole life, no running, no water aerobics no tai chi and most of all no work as I'm a cook. Scan first visit, problem located plan worked out, return week later double appointment as we live hour away. Another scan, walk on treadmil, insole made...meanwhile he explained everything, so I could understand. I. Very impressed with the whole experience, and would recommend them to anyone
lyn murphy
lyn murphy
15/04/2022
I have had toe nail surgeries with the Sussex Foot Centre and both times have had very positive experiences. Jon provided excellent treatment and care during the surgeries and in the follow up post surgeries. Jon and Thomas were professional and friendly and they have been so flexible and accommodating with scheduling appointments, as well as providing quick responses by email and telephone. I would recommend the Sussex Foot Centre. Thank you so much!
Josephine Zamat
Josephine Zamat
08/04/2022
Jon Collins and team provide excellent patient focused, customer focused care. I have not met a better podiatrist than Jon in over 30 years in healthcare management and 10 years as a patient. As you step into reception you are welcomed with both smile and greeting. Even though it is a busy practice, changes in appointment are politely and readily managed. Forgetfulness and a missed appointment are taken in their stride! I attended first as an ”emergency” patient, three years ago. I was at the local hospital and the Sussex Foot Centre was suggested. I was seen the same afternoon. After months of hobbling, Jon treated my foot with professional skill, exuding warm reassurance. Regular attendance and treatment ensured rapid improvement. The specially created insole proved to be a boon. I have remained with Jon as my podiatrist for three years now. I can think of no reason why I should go elsewhere. I have no hesitancy in recommendinng him. When my GP asked me why I go over to Haywards Heath, my reply was that he is the best.
Malcolm Boyland
Malcolm Boyland
05/04/2022
The treatment and service from Sussex Foot Clinic was excellent and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Over the counter and home remedies had failed miserably. Investing in some professional treatment and following it through diligently was well worth it. Thank you Jon.
E M Drake
E M Drake
24/03/2022
I found The Sussex Foot Centre via Google and what a find! I started seeing Jon last summer with painful Plantar Fasciitis in both feet. With Jon’s knowledge, non invasive treatment and orthotics, I am so grateful to him for my pain free feet now! Jon and his team are so helpful, with total professionalism and extensive knowledge - I have learnt so much! Tom on reception is also so very friendly and efficient. Keep up the amazing work you all do.
Lisa Bailey
Lisa Bailey
21/03/2022
A first class service. A friendly, highly professional medical approach . I have had effective, pain-free treatment for my footcare. Highly commended.
Ollie Swan
Ollie Swan
20/03/2022