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With warm summer days most of us will be digging out summer footwear that has been hidden away since last year. But whilst we can’t wait to whip out the flip flops and summer sandals, we also need to make sure that our feet are kept healthy throughout the summer months.
During warm weather, feet are often exposed and more vulnerable to irritation and injury, with many of these problems caused by our choice of footwear.
One of the most common summertime foot problems is cracked heels. These are normally caused by open-backed shoes such as sandals and flip flops rubbing around the edge of the heel, as the fat pad under the heel expands sideways on weightbearing, and this along with dry skin can increase the likelihood of the heels to 'crack' as the skin loses it's tensile ability - it doesn't stretch very well, so it fissures.
A podiatrist (chiropodist) is trained to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions associated with the foot and ankle.
The following are some of the conditions podiatrists treat:
Corns & Callus (thick skin)
Warts & Verrucaes
Athlete’s Foot and Fungal Nail Infections
Conditions requiring arch supports and insoles
Foot & Ankle Injuries/Pain (heel pain/spurs)
Foot conditions associated with systemic diseases (diabetes, arthritis, neuropathy, circulatory problems).
Much of our work is aimed at prevention and education. If you are diabetic you should be having an annual diabetic foot check with your Doctor/Practice Nurse, although we will carry out a diabetic foot check automatically and provide you with necessary diabetic foot care advice.
Appointments are available between 8.00am and 6.00pm, and Friday 8am to 12.30pm
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