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the questions we are most often asked by our patients

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Cause Of Most Foot Problems?

Shoes that don't fit properly are the source of many foot problems - the higher the heel, the worse the problems tend to be. Slip-on shoes are one of the worst culprits, as they cause the foot to slide forward and cramp the toes. Worst of all are court shoes, as they are low-fronted, giving no support to the foot, and tend to be too narrow in the toe box. If you have foot problems, it is important to look at the cause, which is most likely to be your shoes. For frequent, everyday wear, choose a low-heeled shoe - no higher than 4cm - which has a rounded toe.

Can You Catch A Verruca?

A verruca is a viral infection and can be picked up from coming into contact with the virus. To try and avoid catching one try not to come into contact with the changing room floor by wearing something like flip flops in the changing room and to the pool edge. If you already have a verruca, keep it covered. Verruca socks are available, which are slim fit rubber socks that prevent the virus being spread or picked up. However, they are not very popular due to the appearance.

Do Corns Have Roots?

A lot of people think that a corn has a root, and that you need to remove the root in order to get rid of the corn. This is not the case. A corn is simply made up of hard skin that occurs over a bony prominence such as a joint. It is usually the result of pressure or friction to the area. The central area of the corn that appears to go deeper into the toe, isn't something growing from inside, but is where the area of pressure (usually from the shoe if it is on the toe) is greatest. The skin thickens as a result of too much pressure/trauma and makes it look like there is a core or root that needs removing.

What's The Difference Between A Verruca And A Corn?

The usual test is to pinch the suspect area. Verrucae are usually more painful than corns when pinched. Corns and callous are more likely to affect weightbearing areas, whereas verrucae can appear on any area.

Why Do My Feet Hurt After Standing All Day?

If your feet hurt something is wrong! More often than not the shoes are a poor fit or style. Whether you are at work, at home or playing sport or other activity, make sure you have the right shoe for the job. If you don't your feet will let you know.

My Feet Get Very Sweaty In Summer, What Can I Do?

There are more sweat glands per inch of our feet than anywhere else in our body - so it's not surprising that many people suffer from sweaty feet, especially in warm weather. For minor problems wash feet morning and evening in warm, soapy water, then dry thoroughly. You can also use an antibacterial wash, which helps deal with foot odour, too. Then apply surgical spirit and dust the feet with talc. Going barefoot whenever you can will help, as will wearing open-toed sandals. For more serious problems our podiatrist can make up a special foot anti-perspirant for you.

How Can I Get Rid Of Hard Skin?

In summer, hard, cracked skin on the heels and balls of the feet are very common, and is often caused by wearing footwear which rubs the skin. Use an emery board or pumice to gently rub away the hard skin, then use a rich moisturising cream, which can be supplied by Orrell Chiropody Practice. Getting into a daily foot care routine will help. For more serious hard skin see a chiropodist/podiatrist for advice and treatment.

What Causes Athelete's Foot?

It’s caused by a number of fungal species which you can pick up from anywhere (typically communal areas such as pools, showers and changing rooms). The fungus on each bit of skin that falls away from someone else’s feet can be picked up by you if you’re prone.

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