A regular occurrence that we deal with here at the clinic is that of the little but highly annoying corns. But what exactly are corns? Corns are small areas of thick skin often cone-like shaped caused by the build-up of hard, dead skin. Special skin cells found all over your outer layers of skin called keratinocytes produce this hard skin, which is your body’s attempt at protecting itself from friction or pressure. This extra skin can become an uncomfortable problem because the cone-shaped area transfers pressure to the skin underneath, causing discomfort. Corns are most commonly found on bony areas such as on the tops and sides of toe joints due to a lack of natural cushioning. Yet, corns can also be found on other areas of the foot such as the sole due to increased pressure occurring. The most common cause of corns is that of shoes which do not fit correctly. If you have a corn, it is likely to be because of friction and pressure from footwear; whether it be from shoes too loose or too tight. Certain shoes such as high heels for example, place excessive pressure on an area of the foot and can squeeze the toes, thus potentially causing corns. We all have our favourite pair of shoes, high heels, trainers or sports boots; however, the emphasis on how important footwear which correctly fits can never be underestimated, not only for the prevention of corns, but for the health of your feet also. We see many patients of all ages who come into the clinic with footwear which doesn’t correctly fit, consequently leading to all sorts of aches and pains. In addition, not only does incorrectly fitted footwear lead to corns but so does repetitive activities. Sports, running, climbing stairs, dancing or even work can also cause a corn due to increased and persistent pressure taking its toll on your feet. Moreover, some patients especially in the summer also develop corns due to not wearing any socks with shoes. As aforementioned, the main prevention of corns is correctly fitted shoes. Nevertheless, there are other steps which can be taken to help prevention. Moisturising your feet regularly to keep skin soft and supple, rotating your shoes (e.g wearing trainers on commute to work before putting work shoes on) and just giving your feet a break from a certain pair of shoes are further ways to help prevent corns occurring. Corns should not be treated using medicated corn plasters especially by those who suffer with diabetes, have circulation problems or have fragile skin as they contain an acid which can damage the skin. If you are in pain, seeing a podiatrist or a foot specialist will be the most effective way to treat your corns. A podiatrist will be able to cut away the corn, as well as provide specially made soft cushioning pads to relieve the pressure off the painful area of your foot. For something so small, corns can be an absolute pain and can get in the way of daily activities. Unfortunately, corns are very common however they’re also very treatable. Here at the Clinic, we have experts in getting rid of corns to help relieve the pain and pressure you may be experiencing. If you are unsure about whether you have a corn, need corn treatment or just want some shoe advice to help prevent corns from occurring; here at The Southdown Podiatry Clinic we are always here to help and make sure that they don’t get in the way of your daily life.
Sunday 31st of March is a special day in the calendar as it marks Mother’s Day. Here at the Southdown Podiatry Clinic, we have so many amazing mums that come into the clinic on a daily basis. We see mothers of all ages and we always love hearing their stories about how proud they are of their children; or in the case of new mums, how little sleep they are getting. We believe that every day should be a day to tell your mum how much they mean to you. However, Mother’s Day is an extra special day to spoil them just like they deserve. We are a family clinic who understand not only how important mums are, but also how special they are too. Being a mum is the most enjoyable job in the world, but one of the hardest as well. Mums are always too busy looking out and taking care of you (no matter how old you are) instead of worrying about themselves and their feet. Flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed are always a must, however, treating her to some TLC for her feet will be a welcome surprise that she will absolutely love; even if you do blame your mother for your foot genes. Whether it be for Mother’s Day or any other time of the year, we are always here to give your mum and her feet the best possible love and attention. If you would like to treat your mum, step mum or even your mother in law, gift vouchers are also available here at the clinic. For every Mum out there, especially our patients, have an amazing Mother’s Day and we hope you get spoilt rotten. And for those who are seeing their mother this Sunday, just a reminder: Don’t forget them flowers!!!
With Valentine’s day fast approaching, many are getting prepared to treat a loved one to a special day or a special gift. At The Southdown Podiatry Clinic, we are no different, however we like to treat patients’ feet which are in much need of some TLC. Ok, perhaps feet are not the first, second or indeed third thing that springs to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day. We admit that a trip to a podiatrist doesn’t quite compare to a candle lit dinner or indeed a trip to Paris on the romance scale. Nevertheless, treating someone to have their feet seen to may lead to a few extra brownie points. We often find that the condition of your feet can often bother others more than it does yourself! Here at The Southdown Podiatry Clinic, we regularly see patients who have been suggested, recommended or maybe even indeed forced to see a podiatrist by a loved one. We have lost count the amount of phone calls of people making appointments for their partners or parents. Therefore, if you feel that a loved one needs their feet treated, whether it be for their own good, or for your own sanity, here at The Southdown Podiatry Clinic we are always here to help. We provide the best love and attention that your feet can possibly get. If you would like to treat or in fact drop a subtle hint for a loved one; whether it be a partner, family member or friend, gift vouchers are also available here at the clinic. Remember feet need some love and care occasionally too!
Monday 4th February marks World Cancer Day. Cancer needs no introduction or explaining; we are all aware of the devastating impact it has on our lives. Cancer is a global challenge that we are all aiming to eventually beat, and we will. According to Cancer Research UK: ‘In 2018, 18 million people world-wide were diagnosed with cancer. In the UK alone, more than 360,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year – that’s nearly 990 people every day’. No doubt all of us have been affected by cancer within some capacity, whether it be ourselves, family or friends. And with latest findings now showing that one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives, it is now even more crucial to help raise awareness and take action to help drastically reduce this. Here at the Southdown Podiatry Clinic, we also have to deal with the C word too. For some, feet are not the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to cancer. However, feet are as prone as any other parts of the body to the C word. It is important that feet are checked regularly for abnormalities that might indicate evolving skin cancer. If you are worried about anything on your feet that may seem unusual, make sure to see a podiatrist. Some of the most common forms of cancer on the feet are:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Malignant Melanoma
To begin with, from all at the Southdown Podiatry Clinic, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2019 ahead. The beginning of any year is usually a busy time for the health industry, especially with many of us targeting new year resolutions. For many, being more active or trying to get fit is not only a popular goal, but also a tough one too. A massive part of trying to get fit is exercise. Some of us love it, some of us loathe it, but it is crucial for keeping a physically and mentally healthier lifestyle. Nonetheless, the health and well being of your feet can play a fundamental part in helping or in fact hindering your physical activity. From aspiring marathon runners, to couch potatoes that want to improve their lifestyle; poor or unhealthy feet can be detrimental to physical activity. We see many patients where foot pain or issues are holding them back from achieving their goals. If you don’t look after your feet, they won’t look after you! Many individuals come and see us before marathons, fun runs, walking holidays, skiing holidays or even before their rounds of golf to make sure their feet are in the best possible shape before putting them to work. Having your feet in the right condition before any type of physical activity is essential for comfort and enjoyment, yet even further to help with performance levels too. Additionally, for some, looking good is feeling good; yet sometimes looking good can pay a heavy price especially for your feet. The shoes/trainers you wear can be a key factor in holding you back from achieving your maximum potential. We see many patients of all ages with footwear that is nowhere near sufficient enough in foot support. This lack of support can have a major impact on the condition and health of your feet for both the short term and long term. Podiatrists can offer the very best professional shoe advice, to not only help enhance your physical performance in the best possible comfort, but also keep your feet in paramount condition moving forward. Whether it be for a resolution or not, do not let issues with your feet get in the way of targeting and attaining a healthy lifestyle. If you feel that problems with your feet are having a small or major impact, see a podiatrist. Our podiatrists will be able to diagnose whatever issue you may have and further give professional advice on what can be done to help you get back on track to help you achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. Our help and advice may only be a small factor on the road to achieving your goals and aspirations, but we believe that small steps lead to big changes.