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When should you call a Chiropodist or Podiatrist?

Firstly, the terms Chiropodist or Podiatrist mean the same thing. Some use the term Foot Health Practioner but either way I am here to help with diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems.

Sometimes you may be tempted to arrange an appointment with your GP, but they are ever busier and it’s often quicker to arrange an appointment with a Chiropodist if your symptoms are exclusively related to problems with feet or lower ankle.

This can include symptoms such as the following:

Example appearance of calluses on feet

Example appearance of calluses on a foot

  • Persistent or chronic pain in your feet or ankles that doesn’t go away.
  • Sudden changes in the nails or skin on your foot.
  • Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling of the skin on the heel or foot.
  • Blisters on your feet.

As well as physical pain, you could experience pain or other uncomfortable symptoms from bacterial infection including the following:

  • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat in feet or ankles.
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
  • Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
  • Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a non-prescription product such as Deep Heat or other analgesic creams.
  • Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
  • Thickening toenails that cause discomfort in the toes.
  • Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness.
  • Tingling in the heel; persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel
  • Pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin or ibuprofen).
  • Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete’s Foot.

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These symptoms should be hard to ignore and it’s amazing what people put up with over time but please don’t – call me on 07800 996192 or email me and I would be happy to discuss your symptoms.

Further reading

What’s the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?

Fitter feet advice from Age UK

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How to spot Athlete’s foot

It’s not seen as a serious condition but Athlete’s foot is a persistent, unpleasant but treatable condition. It is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet and can spread to the toenails and sometimes the hands.

It is called Athlete’s Foot because it is common in people who do sport regularly. Some of the conditions encountered such as hot sweaty feet in changing rooms and showers can harbour and spread the disease. People with more sedentary lives can also catch the condition.

People with diabetes or weakened immune systems may be vulnerable if they also get Athlete’s foot and should contact their Doctor.Athlete's foot appearance

Causes of Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. You can catch the fungus through direct contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments and is commonly found in showers, on changing room floors and around swimming pools.

Who can catch Athlete’s foot

Anyone can get athlete’s foot, but there are certain behaviours and factors that increase your risk including the following:

  • Visiting public places barefoot, especially changing rooms, showers, and swimming pools
  • Sharing socks, shoes, or towels with an infected person
  • Wearing tight-fitting, closed-toe shoes
  • Keeping your feet wet for long periods of time
  • Having sweaty feet
  • Having a minor skin or nail injury on your foot

Symptoms of Athlete’s foot

There are many possible symptoms of athlete’s foot. You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Itching, stinging, and burning between the toes
  • Itching, stinging, and burning on the soles of the feet
  • Blisters on the feet that itch
  • Cracking and peeling skin on the feet, most commonly between the toes and on the soles
  • Dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
  • Raw skin on the feet
  • Discoloured, thick, and crumbly toenails
  • Toenails that pull away from the nail bed

Treatment of Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is treatable with anti-fungal medications in the form of creams. A doctor might prescribe oral anti-fungal drugs or even antibiotics if infection develops due to raw skin and blisters.

Please get in touch me on 07800 996192 or email me using my email enquiry form. See our page on Athlete’s foot form even more information: Foot problems athlete’s foot

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New website now live

I’m pleased to announce that my website is now live.

The website describes my services, provides my contact details and information on some common foot problems. I’ll also be adding future blog posts covering relevant news on conditions and treatments as there are new products and innovations gaining acceptance all the time.

Please feel free to get in touch with me for a confidential discussion on symptoms, problems or any concern you have about your feet or the feet of a family member.