Suzanne Edge has been practicing as a chiropodist since the year 2000, serving the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch communities. In 2010, she opened her high street practice, Queens Park Chiropody, extending her scope of practice to include Wilde-Pedique nail reconstruction, laser treatment for fungal nails, and verrucae.
Onychomycosis, (fungal nail) is a common condition caused by fungal dermophytes entering the nail plate and spreading throughout the nail, causing thickened, discoloured nails, which can become crumbly and sometimes emit a pungent odour. The infection can spreads to other nails and if the ‘root’ is affected, permanent damage can be done to the nail. Often the skin carries the fungal infection first, which then moves to the nail, but it can be a systemic infection, which comes from within the body.
Warm, moist environments aid the spread of onychomycosis, so keeping feet dry and combating any athletes foot can aid in the treatment.
There are many treatments for onychomycosis, topical applications are effective in some minor infections, but if the fungus has reached the root, then they cannot penetrate the area which has live dermatophytes. Prescribed oral medication is more effective, up to 80%, but can potentially cause liver damage, even so, if the infection is coming from within the body, then a course of this medication may be useful.
At Queens Park Chiropody and laser Therapy Centre, we use the Lunula laser system for fungal nails. This pain free treatment uses two wavelengths, one which fights the infection directly, and one which improves the body’s defences, to enable it to fight the infection from within and to help speed up the rate of re-growth, so new, clear nail grows back at a faster rate.
Laser treatment poses no risk to the liver and is relatively quick.
For most infections, a six treatment course is recommended, review treatments are recommended every six weeks.
Top-up treatments can be booked during the review if required.
During the laser treatment, footwear is cleansed using our nano-silver steriliser from Klenz, to ensure that the feet are not immediately re-infected. All footwear, including socks and tights, must be treated daily at home. Tips on how this is achieved will be discussed at the consultation.
Please contact the surgery to book a consultation.
The consultation is £50, to include the culture being taken, and anti-fungal products to help get started beating the fungus, before the laser is commenced. The cost of the consultation is deducted if you go ahead with the course of treatment.
Treatments start at £350 for one foot.
One treatment with the Clearanail system is also included in the price, if appropriate.
Toenails can take up to two years to grow out, so if the infection has reached the root, it can take some time for the nail to clear. Regular chiropody treatments are recommended during the regrowth, to keep an eye on progress, and so that we can remove the affected nail as it grows out, therefore reducing risk of reinfection.
(All toes are treated on each foot, even if no infection is apparent, as it may be that is infected already but has not yet begun to show.)
Laser Treatment: Left, before therapy. Right, after the infection has grown out.
These lesions are very common and affect a wide range of age groups. They are small benign growths, caused by the human papilloma virus. They are highly infectious and can pass from the feet to fingers and other parts of the body by touch, so it is advised that you do not pick at or otherwise touch them with bare hands, and wash hands thoroughly , immediately,if this does happen.
At Queens Park Chiropody we offer cryotherapy, in the form of cryospray, and laser treatment, using the ND Yag laser. Cryotherapy is not as likely to cause disruption to normal every day activities, but takes much longer to work, 8 to 10 treatments are often required.
Laser therapy requires the patient to use padded dressings to take the weight off the area treated, and to keep the area dry, but is normally much quicker at resolving the infection, often one or two treatments are all that is required. This treatment is not used on children under the age of fourteen.
There is some discomfort in both treatments,but they are both quick, and the discomfort disappears when the treatment is finished.
Cryotherapy costs £18 per session.
Laser therapy is £40 for the first treatment and £25 for each subsequent treatment. Review appointments are are £5, including dressings if required.
These costs are for single verruca, large or multiple lesions will need several treatments and are priced individually according to requirements.