Ingrown toenails are relatively common, especially in athletes. The condition develops when the sides of your toenail grow into the surrounding skin.
It can be very painful. It is important to get ingrown toenails treated as soon as possible, even when they are not painful. Left untreated, ingrown toenails can easily become infected once the nail cuts through the skin. Improper shoes and toe injuries can be a precursor. At the Sussex Foot Centre, we offer conservative care and toenail surgery for partial or full removal of the nail.
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is pain in the shins, or the front of the lower limbs. Shin splints commonly occur in people who do a lot of exercise, especially running.
Forceful or repetitive tension on the calf muscles impacts on the connective tissue that connects those muscles to the shin. Excessive pulling on this connective tissue results in inflammation and pain. Treatment includes deep tissue massage, taping, exercise recommendations and footwear advice.
Also known as Plantar Fasciitis, chronic plantar heel pain symptoms usually present as a stabbing pain in the heel and the sole of the foot, especially in the morning or after resting.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel along the sole of the foot towards the toes. The cause of pain is thought to be a degenerative problem, including a deterioration of collagen fibres.
Treatment includes progressive strengthening exercises, taping and custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts or arch supports). In some cases, we will recommend further investigation using our state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasound machine to identify the exact cause of the pain.
Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition caused by inflamed nerves in the ball of the foot. The affected nerves are usually those that run between the second and third metatarsal bones. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling and sometimes a burning sensation. The exact cause is unknown.
At the Sussex Foot Centre, we recommend insoles to distribute the pressure away from the affected area. We can supply and fit those for you. In some cases, we use cortisone injection treatment to reduce swelling in the area and this has proved highly successful.
Persistent verrucae and warts can be annoying. At the Sussex Foot Centre, we offer a range of treatments to help with these conditions. Verrucae and warts are small lumps on the skin. Both are caused by the same virus. Verrucae have tiny black dots under the skin.
The treatment we recommend will vary according to the size, number and location of the verrucae or warts, and the age of the patient, but can include freezing, caustic therapy, dry needling or electrosurgery.
Corns and callus are the most common problem we see in our clinic. Corns and callus are essentially the same thing and refer to skin on the foot that has hardened as a result of pressure.
This pressure can be caused by a number of things, such as tight-fitting shoes, deformities or bony prominences. Our trained podiatrist will assess what is causing the problem and offer advice to remedy it. Chiropody treatment is usually used to reduce the callus or remove the offending corn.
For more information on the conditions we treat and the treatments we offer, please contact our expert footcare team on 01444 453874. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conditions treated at Sussex Foot Centre can be separated into aspects of Chiropody and Podiatry.
However there is some overlap…