What is a Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist (pronounced : ‘ker-ro-po-dist’) is a primary health care provider, that specializes in foot and ankle. Chiropody Services include a variety of medical services ranging from nail and skin care to orthotics and surgical procedures.
Find below a list of some of the services provided by a Chiropodist. If you’re unsure if seeing a Chiropodist is right for you, contact the office to enquire about a consultation.
Corns are localized areas of thickened skin that can be found anywhere on the feet, but most commonly on weight bearing areas or the toes. Corns can be very painful and can be treated and removed by a Chiropodist.
Calluses are described as thickened skin in areas of high pressure. This high pressure can be due biomechanical abnormalities, ill fitting footwear and various foot types. Calluses form as a protective layer and can be treated and removed safely by a Chiropodist.
A plantar wart is a viral infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It is often spread through skin to skin contact and the warts tend to form on high pressure areas of the feet. These warts can become painful as they develop calluses and may attack blood vessels. Plantar warts can be stubborn and require treatment from a Chiropodist.
Ingrown toe nails are most commonly found at the big toe but can also be found in the lesser toes as well. An ingrown toe nail is a nail that begins to grow into the skin as oppose to over it. This growth can cause pain, redness and swelling in the affected area and can potentially lead to infection. Ingrown toenails can be treated and removed by a Chiropodist with a minor surgical procedure.
Toenail fungus is medically termed Onychomycosis. Fungal nails are often thickened and yellow. The nails may also show streaks or white spots. As toenail fungus can be tricky to treat, it is important to see a Chiropodist for appropriate care.
Involuted nails are described as nails that begin to curve on either side of the nail bed. Involuted nails can pinch the skin leading to pain and redness. Conservative measure’s such as nail bracing can be taken to treat the nails or procedures to remove all or part of the nails might be a viable option.
Difficult nails can be classified as nail that may be displaying various abnormalities. These abnormalities can come with age as nails become harder to maintain. These abnormalities can also be due to trauma (something falling directly on the nail). Abnormalities include discolouration, thickening, splitting, changes in shape, etc. Our chiropodist can help assess your nails and provide treatment when necessary.
It is very important for diabetic patients to undergo routine foot care. Diabetes can cause serious complications in the feet due to circulatory issues, poor wound heeling and loss of sensation. Our Chiropodist can help you protect your feet by doing a quick risk assessment and providing treatment when necessary.
Mucoid cysts are fluid-filled sacs that usually develop on or near the joints of the fingers, and toes. Typically benign, they feel like firm, rubbery lumps, and are usually not painful unless they grow large enough to put pressure on nerves. Treatment can include surgical excision or aspiration of the cyst by our Chiropodist.
Athlete’s foot is fungal skin infection which often occurs between the toes. It is generally characterized by skin fissures or scales that can become itchy and red. It is often caused by sweaty feet being in an enclosed shoes and should be addressed and treated by a chiropodist.
Cracked heels, also know as fissures, appear when the skin at the heel becomes very hard and callused eventually splitting open. Depending on the depth of these fissures they may bleed or become very painful while walking. They may also be an entry way for infection. Seeing a Chiropodist is crucial to ensure to ensure safe treatment.
An ulcer is described as an open wound that is particularly difficult to heal or reoccurs after healing. Typically those suffering from Diabetes (more specifically a neuropathy) tend to be more prone to the development of an ulcer on their foot or toe. Seeing a chiropodist for regular wound care is crucial for ensuring best chances of success with healing.
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