Active Life Podiatrists are qualified to undertake nail and soft tissue surgery and can administer local anaesthetics and steroid injections. We are also able to give advice and consultative care for the following:

Minor Foot Surgery

Achilles tendon problems*

Most patients respond to non-surgical treatment. On occasion the tendon will be stripped of its inflamed thickened tissue. Tendon lengthening is sometimes required to treat the condition.

Bone spurs*

An excessive growth of bone causing pain or limitation of movement. Spurs can develop at the edges of joints, tendons and ligaments. Their removal can usually be undertaken under local anaesthetic.

Bunions (Hallux valgus)*

A bunion is a swelling at the base of the big toe formed by an increase in angle between the metatarsal and phalanx

Hallux limitus/rigidus*

This arthritic condition of the big toe joint can sometimes be helped using injection techniques and mobilisation suggested by Active life Podiatry

Hammer, Mallet and Claw toes*

A hammertoe happens when the first joint of a toe is constricted into a fixed downward angle and usually affects the smaller digits (the second to the fifth toe).

Heel bumps (Haglund's Deformity)*

An enlargement of the bone at the back of the heel which is associated with bursitis.

Lumps, bumps, cysts and ganglions*

Patients often attend the centre with painful lumps that press and rub on the shoe. If a change in footwear does not resolve such problems, surgery can take place to remove such bony prominences or soft tissue formations.


Enlarged nerves, usually between the 3rd and 4th toes caused by nerve irritation and entrapment between bones. Conservative treatments at Active Life Podiatry includes dry needling, steroid injections and orthoses.

Plantar Fasciitis*

An inflammation of the connective tissue found on the underside of the foot. Most patients respond to non-surgical treatment such as the prescription of orthoses and dry needling. Surgery is not recommended for this condition.

Verrucae and Neurovascular Corns

These resistant and painful skin conditions can be treated under local anaesthetic using electro-surgery. A probe is used to send an electric current into the lesion which then dessicates and separates the corn or verruca from the deeper, surrounding tissues. The lesion is then excised.

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