At Active Life Podiatry, our expert podiatrists are competent and qualified to undertake toe nail and skin surgery using local anaesthetics. We can guarantee complete success for ingrown toe nails. Many skin lesions such as warts and neurovascular corns can be relieved with electrosurgery. We are also able to give advice and care for the following:
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.
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, or hallux abducto-valgus is a swelling at the base of the big toe formed by an increase in angle between the metatarsal and phalanx, and between the 1st and 2nd metatarsals.
The evidence is unclear about the cause, but it is widely accepted many factors are at play including; footwear, family history of bunions, hypermobility, trauma, disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, and biomechanical reasons. Sometimes her is no obvious cause
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.
Heel pain is an extremely common problem in both adults, athletes and in children. The cases are many, but we at ALP have the experience, knowledge and treatments at hand to fix this debilitating condition – however caused.
One cause of heel pain, although very rare in younger people, is plantar fasciitis It is caused repetitive trauma or shearing near the origin of a thick band of tissue called fascia where it joins to the heel bone. Initially inflammation may be present, but in fact, this is not an inflammatory condition. This is caused, in many cases, by biomechanical issues. A biomechanical assessment is needed to understand your problem. Once we have identified any issues causing the pain we can plan your best treatment. Most patients respond to non-surgical treatment such as the prescription of orthoses, strength exercises, injection therapy, and Shock Wave Therapy.
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.