Algarve Feet

Foot complaints

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Fungal toe nail infections can be very unsightly. Sometimes every toenail can become infected if treatment is not started early. The nails look yellowy and thick and can become very crumbly.

A chiropodist can make the nails look much better and advise on some effective treatments.

Athletes foot is extremely common. Often the whole foot can become infected and cracks can appear between the toes. Regular treatment with a good antifungal cream and powder is quite effective in clearing the fungus. Avoid spreading it to other people by not sharing towels, bath mats and walking barefoot in public areas and at home.

Corns are circular compacted areas of hard skin, usually found on bony prominences. Try to avoid acid based plasters as they could burn the skin. Alternatively use pressure-relieving pads and avoid any shoes that cause pain. Soaking the foot may help, if not seek some professional treatment. A chiropodist can remove this painlessly and give good advice to try to avoid it in the future.

Hard skin and callouses can usually be found in large patches on the sole of the feet, on the bony prominences of the toes and around the heel. Sometimes it can crack and become sore. A chiropodist can remove this painlessly and give good advice to try to avoid it in the future.

Verrucae are wartsfound on any part of the foot, they can be singular or large clusters. Home treatments may work but they might make the verrucae spread and can be quite painful to use. A chiropodist has a wide armoury of stronger treatments including liquid nitrogen and strong acids.

Biomechanics is the study of pain and discomfort related to foot function. It looks at joints, muscles and our general posture. Treating such conditions requires the specialist knowledge of a Podiatrist, who can perform a Biomechanical assessment, which is an examination of the foot and leg function and make individually tailored orthotics (insoles).


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