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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Foot Deformities, Hallux Limitus, Hammer Toe, Mallet Toe, Claw Toe
    the use of latest technology to achieve maximum mobility pain relief reduce swelling and improve gait LLLT has been shown to be highly effective in treating this condition Hammer Toe Mallet Toe Claw Toe These terms are used to describe deformities that sometimes develop in the lesser or smaller toes They are common in people with bunions or people who have very flat feet or feet with very high arches A hammer toe is when the inter mediate joint of the little toes are bent right over and eventually the joint becomes completely rigid A mallet toe affects the distal joint at the end of the toes if both joints are curled over they are called claw toes All these deformities can cause corns and calluses where the prominent joints rub against the shoes or the ground In severe cases extreme pressure can cause the affected areas to ulcerate Initially we treat this condition conservatively as this is less invasive and the patient is less likely to suffer side effects and complications than more invasive methods A Podiatrist will remove the corns and calluses gently with a scalpel and discuss with you treatments that you may benefit from in the future Bunions A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe The movement of the big toe angles in toward the other toes The growing enlargement or protuberance then causes irritation or inflammation In some cases the big toe moves toward the second toe and rotates or twists Wearing shoes that are too tight may accelerate the development of bunions however they are linked to genetics normally because of a malfunctioning foot structure Foot injuries flat feet and pronated feet can contribute to their formation Bunions can

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Common Foot Problems, Metatarsalgia
    high heels squeeze the metatarsal heads together causing damage to various soft tissues such as the ligaments nerves and joint capsules This sets up inflammation making it very difficult to walk Other causes are high impact sports that can cause stress fractures in this area of the foot particularly if the appropriate footwear for a type of sport have not been worn during the activity Diagnosis is usually from clinical examination or biomechanical assessment and the Podiatrist will discuss the best course of action to relieve the symptoms LLLT has been effective in healing the damaged tissues and orthotics may be recommended if there is an underlying biomechanical problem Flat Feet Pes Planus Flat feet or fallen arches is a common problem as the height of the arches can vary so much This can cause the foot to function incorrectly along with other joints which can generate soft tissue injuries Diagnosis is normally from clinical examination or biomechanical assessment This evaluation provides both static and dynamic information which is then used to fabricate custom made orthotics which will stabilise the foot Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic auto immune disease affecting multiple joints throughout the body Usually symptoms appear in several joints on both feet first and include pain swelling stiffness and muscle weakness Bony changes can often lead to misalignment or partial dislocation of the joints You may develop corns bunions claw toe or hammer toe The earlier it s diagnosed the more effective your treatment Don t ignore joint pain as Rheumatoid Arthritis often shows up in the feet first Diagnosis is normally from clinical examination and medical history the Podiatrist will discuss the best course of action to relieve the symptoms which may include referral for blood tests or X rays Primarily we treat this condition conservatively as this means the patient is less likely to suffer side effects of more invasive treatments A biomechanical assessment may be necessary which is then used to fabricate custom made orthotics to relieve the pain by redistributing the pressure away from the joints LLLT is also effective in reducing the pain and inflammation and reducing the need for painkilling drugs For those who have not had any success with less invasive methods surgery may be recommended the most successful option being fusion in which the bones are fused resulting in a loss of movement in that particular joint which can reduce pain Link http www nhs uk Livewell foothealth Pages Arthritisandfeet aspx Bunions A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe The movement of the big toe angles in toward the other toes The growing enlargement or protuberance then causes irritation or inflammation In some cases the big toe moves toward the second toe and rotates or twists Wearing shoes that are too tight may accelerate the development of bunions however they are linked to genetics normally because of a malfunctioning foot structure Foot injuries

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Diabetic Foot Care, Diabetes Feet Problems
    to nerve or blood vessel damage You may not feel extremes of temperatures or pain and as a result problems may occur without you even knowing The skin can also become dry due to automatic nerve neuropathy increasing the likelihood of problems as diabetes affects the rate of healing and so breaks in the skin can take longer to heal Therefore if you suffer from Diabetes you must pay particular attention to your foot health Good diabetic control means less damage and fewer problems It is important to inspect your feet on a daily basis If you have diabetes it is recommended that you should have your feet professionally examined at least once a year A Podiatrist can perform vascular neurological and function tests which will monitor your foot health status Early intervention and treatment is the crucial to avoiding serious foot problems http www diabetes org uk Diabetic assessment Diabetic Screening involves tests to see if a patient is at risk of ulceration If the patient is deemed to have a risk then they ought to be assessed Diabetic Assessment is when a clinician utilises a sequence vascular neurological and functional tests to assess the level of risk These include tests with a retractable monofilament for pressure and sensation palpation of foot pulses medical history visually check the skin for dryness cracks heel fissures and skin temperature Circulation can be checked and Neuropathy measured The purpose of the assessment is to look for altered sensation Any foot problems can be dealt with such as routine care of nails corns and callus Podiatrists are experts at relieving pressure from areas of the feet that are at risk of ulceration Athletes Foot Tinea Pedis Tinea Pedis is a fungal infection that usually starts on the skin and sometimes spreads to the

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Common Foot and Feet Infections, Warts, Verruca
    Human Papilloma Virus HPV and are probably the most common condition we treat Highly contagious and stubborn they are not easy to deal with and flourish in damp conditions such as swimming pools showers and bathrooms It is sensible to treat verrucae as early as possible Unfortunately the old fashioned advice to leave them alone unless they hurt merely provides them with the chance of spreading causing more pain embarrassment and costs They may appear as rough areas of skin and fibrous in texture with a well defined border some types have black spots inside them Verrucae may be singular or multiple and some are very painful when they appear on weight bearing areas such as the heel or ball of the foot Occasionally verrucae may be very persistent and require regular treatment over a long period of time Differentiating between verrucae and corns can prove difficult A qualified Podiatrist will be able to advise you and in most cases offer a diagnosis and treatment as they are specialists in this area The clinic offers a wide range of treatments including Low Level Laser Therapy Cryotherapy freezing Topical Chemical Treatments which will enable better penetration to the infected tissues A course of treatment is usually required and the podiatrist will offer advice on the best options for you for more information visit http www scpod org foot health common foot problems verrucae Severs Disease Severs disease is a condition that causes heel pain and affects children and young adults between the ages of 10 18 years of age It is nearly always associated with activity particularly running and jumping This is because it places the Achilles tendon under enormous stress causing muscle fatigue During a growth spurt the soft tissues are unable to keep up with bone growth causing the

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Paediatric Foot Care, Children’s Feet Foot Screening
    difficult A qualified Podiatrist will be able to advise you and in most cases offer a diagnosis and treatment as they are specialists in this area The clinic offers a wide range of treatments including Low Level Laser Therapy Cryotherapy freezing Topical Chemical Treatments which will enable better penetration to the infected tissues A course of treatment is usually required and the podiatrist will offer advice on the best options for you Ingrown Toe Nails Onychocryptosis Ingrown toenails are when a nail splinter or spike penetrates the flesh at the side of the toe causing inflammation pain and infection It most commonly affects the big toe in teenagers and young adults however it can affect any age group due to poor nail cutting involuted nails sweaty feet injury and tight footwear Treatment involves removing the offending nail splinters In severe cases nail surgery is done under local anaesthetic which is a relatively painless procedure that removes the whole nail or only a section of it and a chemical is used to prevent that portion of the nail from re growing thus preventing the problem ever reoccurring This is cosmetically a very effective technique The whole procedure takes about an hour and is performed on a day care basis meaning no overnight stays in hospital and minimum disruption to your everyday life Normal activities can resume very soon after the operation Total healing can take between 4 6 weeks This surgery undertakes recommendations from other Chiropodist Podiatrists Doctors surgeries and insurance companies to perform nail surgeries Flat Feet Pes Planus Flat feet or fallen arches is a common problem as the height of the arches can vary so much This can cause the foot to function incorrectly along with other joints which can generate soft tissue injuries Diagnosis is normally from clinical examination or biomechanical assessment This evaluation provides both static and dynamic information which is then used to fabricate custom made orthotics which will stabilise the foot Severs Disease Severs disease is a condition that causes heel pain and affects children and young adults between the ages of 10 18 years of age It is nearly always associated with activity particularly running and jumping This is because it places the Achilles tendon under enormous stress causing muscle fatigue During a growth spurt the soft tissues are unable to keep up with bone growth causing the muscles and tendons at the back of the heel to become tight During high impact activity the Achilles tendon pulls the bone away from the maturing growth plate leading to avascular necrosis and pain The condition can be very disruptive to an individuals quality of life Diagnosis is made from clinical examination and biomechanical assessment It can be effectively treated by orthotics and or LLLT therapy Advise on appropriate footwear Freiberg s Infraction Freiberg s Infraction occurs when the head of the second and sometimes the third and fourth metatarsal bones have a loss of blood supply Most commonly amongst children 10 17 years of

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Sports Foot Injury, Shin Splints, Inflammed Joints, Runners Knee
    of injury Diagnosis is usually from clinical examination and x rays The Podiatrist is able to assess the factors involved in order to prescribe the necessary corrections to assist recovery Tendon Problems Achilles Tendonitis degeneration inflammation Achilles Tendon Rupture Achilles Tendonitis Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon and results in pain and or swelling and can affect different areas of the foot and ankle Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is more common amongst sports people and often begins with a mild pain after exercise that gradually worsens and stiffness that normally gets better when the tendon warms up Frequently worse first thing in the morning and after periods of rest so called start up pain Causes include some medical conditions muscle fatigue injury from sports activity tight muscle groups in the back of the leg poor biomechanics Diagnosis is normally from clinical examination or biomechanical assessment and the Podiatrist will discuss the best course of action to relieve the symptoms The evaluation provides both static and dynamic information which may then be used to fabricate custom made orthotics LLLT is also effective in reducing the pain and inflammation and will accelerate the healing Link www youtube com watch v HZVdKm36dhc Achilles Tendon Rupture Achilles Tendon Rupture is a serious injury which needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible When the tendon ruptures a snap is felt and often heard It is initially very painful Swelling and bruising may appear Normally occurs by a sudden contraction of the calf muscle and is commonly linked with racquet sports Squash Badminton Tennis but can occur as a result of a fall or stumble Unfortunately is often misdiagnosed as a sprain however an experienced Podiatrist will make a diagnosis from clinical examination and the history of the injury A method known as the calf squeeze test may be used The podiatrist will gently squeeze the muscle at the back of your leg and observe how the ankle moves plantar flexion This is an accurate test for Achilles Tendon Rupture The Podiatrist will discuss the best course of action to relieve the symptoms LLLT is effective in reducing the pain and inflammation and will accelerate the healing None operative treatment is associated with a higher re rupture rate however this is less invasive and the patient is less likely to suffer side effects and complications than more invasive methods If conservative methods fail surgery may be required The period of immobilisation after surgery is about eight weeks and it takes about six months to return to normal activity Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT Low level laser therapy also referred to as pure light therapy speeds up the body s natural healing process in damaged tissues by energising the biochemical responses within our cells LLLT also stimulates the release of our body s natural painkillers known as endorphins and provides a rapid and effective form of pain relief and may eliminate the need for painkilling drugs It accelerates repair in acute

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Biomechanical Assessment, Flat Feet, Orthotics
    back This involves an examination of the lower limbs looking at their structure alignment strengths and weaknesses and the relationship between them It is important to examine the lower limbs as a whole because they are closely connected and pain in one area can be due to a weakness or problem in another The podiatrist takes a full medical history then examination of the joint range and motion of your hips knees and feet Your muscle strength and weaknesses will also be assessed and the podiatrist will look for any signs of limb length discrepancy examining the structure of the foot and looking at the relationship between the forefoot and rear foot This evaluation provides both static and dynamic information which can then be used to create a personal treatment plan which may include exercises or custom made orthotics to treat the condition however sometimes simple changes such as wearing trainers designed for your gait or wearing insoles can be effective For people who have good structural foot mechanics the podiatrist may only need to advise upon the best footwear in order to reduce your symptoms and help to prevent further symptoms from arising For those with more serious underlying problems the information from the examination can be used to fabricate custom made orthotics or in very serious cases referral to a podiatric surgeon Most health insurances will pay for a biomechanical assessment and orthotics but you should check with your particular policy before commencing treatment Custom Made Orthotics Orthotics are specialized insole devices that correct or modify how the foot functions They keep the foot properly aligned and can redistribute the weight placed on the foot to change its function protect the foot or both When the foot is not functioning correctly painful areas result When appropriately prescribed orthotics can help solve a number of biomechanical related problems reduce pain not only in the foot but in other parts of the body such as the knee hip and lower back They can also increase stability in an unstable joint and prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems and improve overall quality of life Depending on the problem orthotics range from a simple insole to offload painful corns and callus to a semi bespoke over the counter device to a bespoke custom made orthotic Over the counter orthotics Over the counter orthotics are available and can help people with minor symptoms however they cannot correct a wide range of symptoms Custom made orthotics The most effective are custom made orthotics in which a mould is made of your foot so that the orthotics work precisely with your uniquely individual foot structure The orthotics are specially created in a laboratory to correct misalignments and deformities so that when they are placed in your shoes your feet are perfectly aligned Different types of material are used to construct custom made orthotics depending upon the patients needs Rigid orthotics Rigid orthotics are designed to control function and are mainly used for walking

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  • Chiropodists in Launceston, Cornwall specialising in Low Level Laser Therapy - LLLT and Gout
    Nail Surgery Latest News 31 03 2016 New Dopler Equipment 10 03 2016 Parliamentary Review Invitation 28 01 2016 Low Level Laser Therapy 13 12 2015 Christmas opening times Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT Low level laser therapy also referred to as pure light therapy speeds up the body s natural healing process in damaged tissues by energising the biochemical responses within our cells LLLT also stimulates the release of our body s natural painkillers known as endorphins and provides a rapid and effective form of pain relief and may eliminate the need for painkilling drugs It accelerates repair in acute injuries as well as stimulates and optimises the body s natural healing process through controlled application of specific wavelengths of light which have particular physiological effects Because the effects of LLLT are biochemical and not thermal it cannot cause heating and damage to living tissue It is therefore a safe and painless drug free non invasive method of treatment LLLT is used in the treatment of Pain Relief Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteo Arthritis Heel Pain Metatarsalgia Plantar Fasciitis Morton s Neuroma Sprains and Strains Sports Medicine injuries related to sports activities Skin Conditions Verrucae efficient and pain free ideal for children warts eczema Wound Healing Foot Ulcers Diabetic Venus Ulcers Neuropathic Ulcers Ischaemic Ulcers and Soft Tissue Repair For more information about Low Level Laser Therapy visit omega laser systems wesite here http www omegalaser co uk Gout Gout is a condition caused by abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood The large toe joint in the foot is commonly affected The crystals accumulate around the joint causing acute inflammation and intense pain The initial attack is usually the worst as the onset is sudden and often comes on at night Repeated attacks of gout can cause arthritis

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