Nails need skilled attention. I also enucleate corns, reduce callus and treat verrucae, fungal infections and other skin conditions.
Your feet should not be neglected, yet we only seek help for our poor feet when things go wrong. It is best to give your feet regular attention as well as washing and thoroughly drying and moisturizing your feet. Regular visits from your FHP will keep your feet in good condition with problems being sorted much earlier and more easily. I provide foot care in Cheltenham and Stafford. I have the training, standards, tools and skills to treat your feet.
What are FHPs and what can I do for you?
Toe nail cutting & trimming by nipper, ingrown toenails (that do not require surgery); thinning & filing by hand file or using a medical grade podiatry drill. Thickened nails are now too hard or too thick to cut? Some clients may be unable to reach their own nails.
As a Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) I attend to all of the common conditions that affect the foot. This can range from routine care of the nails, simple toenail cutting, through treatment of verrucas, corns and callus, to functional problems of the feet in gait. Feet are complicated machines and we expect a lot from them. Many people need simple care to maintain mobility and quality of life. I provide the routine foot care that the majority of people require on a regular basis:
Enucleating corns. These cause pain and mobility problems and often come back. They tend to be caused by shoe fit, gait problems - pressure, friction and shearing forces that harden the skin then cause a corn to develop and press into the surrounding tissue and cause pain.
I am trained in safe scalpel technique for sharp debridement to clear hard skin around ulcers, or generally as needed
Callus reduction, hard skin & corn removal using sharp debridement to pare calluses, reduce hard skin and relieve pain.
At Risk Feet
There may be signs that the foot is at risk - even you are unaware of this. I can advise on some simple non-invasive tests to establish whether the foot is at risk.I am trained to recognize, monitor and protect the "at risk" foot especially for diabetes sufferers - those who may show diabetic foot problems and I work in line with NICE guidlines. For example, an area of hard skin might conceal an abscess or ulcer. Sharp debridement, offloading with a padded dressing and referral on to a multidisciplinary NHS podiatry team is essential.
I can test for and treat the feet of Diabetics and I can advise upon Diabetic foot conditions & other "At Risk" feet problems . The risk of ulceration is high: offloading is important to prevent the formation of callus that might lead to or hide a neuropathic ulcer and the increased risk of amputation. I am insured to treat the feet of Diabetes sufferers, some of whom may not feel there is a problem because of peripheral neuropathy (they have lost some feeling in the feet) or the circulation is reduced, they may have hard skin or corns, the shape of the foot has changed, vision is impaired, or they have suffered from ulcers before: they are at serious risk of a "Foot Attack" - regular treatments reduces the risk. Where the problem is beyond my expertise I will say so and help refer you to more experienced and multi-disciplinary practitioners.
Defending against pressure
With simple paddings and dressings I can offload pressure to defend a sensitive area of the foot, to reduce the formation of painful lesions for example on the ball of the foot or the apices of toes or their interphalangeal joints.
Fungal toenails & infections. Onychomycosis (commonly referred to as fungal nail - is a fungal not a bacterial infection). The fungus invades the nail, secretes a digestive juice and eats the nail away from inside leaving it soft, crumbly, brittle, thickened and a cloudy yellow, white or brown colour. Left untreated it will likely invade all nails including those of family members as it is contageous. In immuno-suppressed people it can become a risk to general health. Over a course of treatment I can suppress and defeat fungal toenail infection.
Verrucas or plantar warts are painful and persistent viral infection: the human papillomavirus - HPV - is notoriously difficult to treat and needs consistent and regular treatment over some months. I can offer a number of treatment options including: silver nitrate eschar, maceration with salicylic acid paste, colloidal silver cream, or liquid cryogen for freezing the verruca. The verruca is then dressed with an occlusive dressing to keep the treatment in place for long enough to work. Weekly follow up appointments involve inspection, sharp debridement of the dead layer of verruca and repeat treatment until destruction of the viral infection is achieved.
Many foot conditions can be treated with Low Level Laser Therapy: Please see my LLLT page Click here.
I am a member of an Accredited Register overseen by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The Register is held by the Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners. "The Alliance promotes foot health practitioners working in the private sector and supports safe delivery of service to the public through accredited registration, education, and skill-enhancement."
Pricing and Service
I start by recording relevant personal details and medical history (all records are kept confidential).
I then examine your feet and discuss your requirements and treatment plan - this will be different for either Foot Health care or Reflexology; then with your informed consent, I proceed with your treatment. If Reflexology is not suitable for you, perhaps it might be contra-indicated or another therapy might be more suitable I will let you know rather than proceed to treat.
For Foot Health treatments ,"At risk" clients are best served by some simple non-invasive diagnostic tests: the 10g monofilament test, Doppler ultrasound test, palpation of dorsal pulses or Buerger's test - these tests provides a base line from which to monitor changes in the "at risk foot" and to provide the best chance of avoiding long term problems.
Follow up appointments update changes in your condition, medication and treatment needs.
Once treatment is complete, I can answer any questions you might have and relevant advice is given.
It is best for your continued foot health to have regular treatments so that any condition is managed effectively. After the treatment and the advice we can arrange a follow up appointment to continue your foot care.
I am sensitive to the needs of the elderly or vulnerable client and to assist with their informed consent, I encourage a family chaperone to be present where appropriate.
The charges for foot health are £35 a visit with a further £1 per minute for a visit lasting longer than 35 minutes. The first visit takes a little longer as we need to set out your relevant medical history and if needed explain and perform any advisable diagnostic tests.