General Chiropody Treatments
Nail trimming, corns and callus, dry skin, and other painful problems of the feet are covered in a general chiropody treatment. The treatment begins with a soothing foot bath, followed by the nail trim, and issues, such as thickened or misshapened nails with be dealt with. Corns and callus will be removed, and advice about how to slow down the return of these conditions will be given. The treatment is finished off with a short foot and lower leg massage, which helps with circulation, dryness and stiffness, it’s also most peoples favourite part! If there are any other problems with the feet, these will be discussed and if possible, treated. If the additional problems cannot be treated on the day, another appointment will be made, or you will be referred on to a different practitioner.
Simple Nail Trim
If you cannot cut your own nails, but do not have any other requirements, then a simple nail trim may be all you need. A full treatment and assessment is always given on the first visit, but after that, this shorter less expensive option may be all you need.
Fungal nail treatments
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.
Clearanail for Fungal Nails
As an alternative to laser treatment, which is contraindicated for certain people, there is the option of clearanail. The clearanail drill has a controlled micro penetration drill bit, which drills slowly and painlessly through the nail, then stops automatically, so that the nail bed beneath, ie: your toe, is not damaged.
The tiny holes allow fungal nail preparations to penetrate right down to the nail bed, reportedly increasing the effectiveness by 1000%. An anti-fungal preparation is provided, and must be used twice daily. The treatment can be used alone, or as an addition after laser treatment. There are no contra-indications to this treatment, so it is available for all.
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.
Wilde-Pedique is an extremely strong, elastic gel which sets when exposed to UV-A light. It was developed specifically for correcting and restoring missing or damaged toe nails.
The gel resin has the ability to bond to any surface, add strength and harden with a glossy, but elastic finish – very suitable where a toenail is deformed or where a nail has been surgically removed. It is very effective on uneven nail surfaces as it can conceal ridges and deformaties and hide discolouration.
The Wilde Pedique gel once applied and cured will essentially look similar to, and cut like a regular toe nail. It is an ideal solution for those clients who are looking for a cosmetically pleasing look, and at the same helping to stop the nail snagging and possible infection. It may need refilling every 4/6 weeks until the nail is grown fully. Some existing nail is needed to attach to, otherwise the nail will come off within a few days as the skin cells it is attached to sloughs off.