Project Description

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Foot care services

We provide holistic foot care – so we don’t not just look at the foot for obvious issues, but to understand its vital role in maintaining balance and keeping us mobile.

We look at the feet as part of the whole body and your overall health, combining routine foot care like nail cutting with other treatments. These treatments include massage and acupuncture or herbal medicine. As foot health practitioners we can help with:

  • improve flexibility and balance

  • relieve discomfort

  • improve circulation

  • reduce inflammation

  • stimulate neurological supply to help muscle tone.

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Treatment programme

First consultation

The first consultation will last for 60-75 minutes and costs £50. This appointment will start with a complete medical history and examination of the foot. Please wear loose clothing, so easy access to the lower leg up to the knee is readily available.

With all clients, we carry out an initial neurovascular assessment to accurately assess the condition of the individual’s circulation and neurological sensation. This is because these can affect the overall health and condition in the limb, a person’s ability to heal, feel injury and maintain correct balance and movement.

Many things can affect the neurovascular condition; the most acknowledged is diabetes. Other issues such as heart disease, slipped discs, and previous trauma such as surgeries or broken bones can also impact.

This initial assessment gives us a baseline reading/score to identify any current problems and to be able to compare to any future assessments to monitor changes accurately. These assessments are then conducted at intervals, determined by your previous reading/score.

We may check an individual’s range of motion in the joints and balance before starting the foot care treatment.

Treatments include foot cleaning, nail cutting and filing, and care for any issues such as corns/callus and fungal skin or nail infections. Treatments may include massage, acupuncture, and herbal medicine when needed and discussed.

Aftercare and advice

We’ll inform on appropriate aftercare for the treatment received. This will include proper exercise drill activities, nutrition, or skin care to get the most out of the treatment and help manage any problems or medical conditions.
Please note that we may also suggest referral to other medical professionals, including your GP.

Follow-up appointments

Follow-up appointments last for 45min-60 mins and cost £45.

All follow-up appointments also start with an initial examination to note any changes and neurovascular monitoring (when needed) before moving onto the treatment.

Treatments offered

  • routine foot care

  • diabetic foot care – including neurovascular assessment

  • treatment of painful corns and callus (hard skin)

  • nail cutting

  • fungal infections

  • verruca

  • management of arthritis

  • massage

  • acupuncture

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Diabetes and foot care

Good foot care is very beneficial for diabetic patients

High blood sugar levels/hyperglycaemia create inflammation in blood vessels, vascular tissue damage and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). This reduced blood supply to the tissue can lead to peripheral nerve damage and degeneration. This, in turn, can lead to diminished sensation and poor tissue condition.

This is more commonly seen in the body’s extremities, such as the feet and fingers; and accounts for the increased risk of developing infections in people with diabetes (type 1 and 2).

Issues such as poor nail cutting, long nails, arthritis, and callus increase the chances of wounds on the feet. Due to the reduced blood supply, poor healing, and inability to sense problems, the risk of complications in a diabetic person  is high. Management and monitoring of the feet, not just nail cutting but maintaining the joints and circulation, are an essential aspect of diabetic care that we can help with.

Arthritis and foot care

Good foot care is very beneficial for arthritis patients

Though caused by different factors, the most common types of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can lead to changes/ degeneration of the joints, causing them to change shape. This can lead to callus and corn formation on bony prominences, inflammation, and pain from the callus and corns and the joint itself.

This pain can then affect gait, mobility, and balance. Removing the corns and callus and massage helps to improve the condition of the tissue around the affected joint and usually improve its function. Massage and acupuncture may also help reduce inflammation and further help mobility. We can also advise on simple exercises and techniques to help maintain flexibility.

Arthritis takes many forms, and we can help you manage it also through massage, acupuncture, herbal medicine or a combination of these therapies.

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Foot care for running and other sports

Good foot care is very beneficial for preventing injury

Corns and calluses are caused by an overproduction of skin tissue stimulated by pressure and constant rubbing of your shoes. They can occur all over the foot but are common on the bottom/plantar surface or ball of your foot, or tops of your toes due to prominent bony areas.

Different foot types, such as a flat foot or arched foot, may also develop corns and calluses in other areas. While running and doing repetitive sports, certain bones in your foot may become more prominent and increase excess skin production at high-pressure areas. Calluses are diffuse areas of this hardened skin, while corns have a hard nucleus that often develops within these, which can be especially painful.

Common foot conditions in runners and sports people

  • runners’ toes, also seen in sports including football, rugby and basketball – toenails turn black because of the repeated impact causing damage to blood vessels

  • subungual hematoma – blood blisters under the nail, these can be painful

  • infections – moist environments such  sweaty socks, can cause nail discolouration and thickening, increasing the risk of injury to the toe

These skin projections and other conditions can become painful and affect how we place our feet, change our gait, and potentially lead to muscular and joint strains. Therefore, runners and sports people need to consider regularly caring for their feet and managing these issues.

We can help you with your sports performance and effects of injury through massage, acupuncture, herbal medicine or a combination of these therapies.

First consultation

£50

Follow-up visits

£45

Payment: We accept payment by cash, cheque or BACS.

Please allow minimum 24 hours’ notice if you wish to cancel a treatment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

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