Additional Advice for Patients During the Coronavirus Lockdown
During this difficult time, we hope you are staying safe. We have put together this page just offer some additional advice and answer some frequently asked questions you may have at this time.
Here is a video demonstrating basic foot care:
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Frequently Asked Questions
When will the Chiropody Surgery open again?
At this time we are unable to open until, like everyone else, we receive advice from the Government and our professional organisation advising us it is safe to do so. At the moment, the closure is likely to be at least as long as the Government lockdown period.
We will advise our patients when we are re-opening via the homepage of the website or on our answerphone message (01590 673443), so please check regularly.
Please note that after the lockdown has been lifted we will need to introduce additional strict cross-infection measures and procedures which may affect our clinic and appointment times for patients, but we will advise you of these in due course.
How do I manage my corns and callus?
Corns and callus can be painful particularly as they build up and thicken.
Bathe your feet in warm water for a few minutes, then dab them dry.
If you have an emery board, nail file or a foot file gently file the corn or callus to remove the thickened skin. Don’t do this too hard as this will make it sore but repeated gentle strokes with the file in one direction will be most comfortable.
After you have finished, use some moisturizing hand or urea-based foot cream as this will soften the hard skin and slow its return.
Also, if you notice that your corn or callus hurts when wearing a particular pair of shoes, try to avoid them and wear shoes that are comfortable.
What can I do with my thickened nails?
Similar to the advice above, bathe your feet in warm water for a few minutes as this will soften the nails making them easier to file. Then use a nail file and gently file the nails in one direction to reduce their thickness (see the video above). If the nail is really thick you might need to repeat this over a few days but eventually, the nail should become thinner and easier to manage.
What can I do with my verruca?
Verrucae are small corn-like lumps on the skin caused by a viral infection. They are most common in children. Normally, these will resolve by themselves. Regular filing with a disposable emery board after the foot has been bathed, can remove a lot of the overlying hard skin which is often the cause of the pain.
Remember though, not to re-use the emery board elsewhere as this can spread the infection to other parts of the foot and to other people in your household. Pharmacists can also give advice on over-the-counter treatments that can be used at home.
I’ve got a blister – what should I do?
Blisters are caused by friction or rubbing, particularly from shoes that are tight or rubbing. If the blister is intact, its best to cover it up with some clean gauze or a simple dressing. If it has broken, the area can be washed using cooled, boiled water and a dressing applied and taped into place. Try to avoid the shoes that you suspect have caused the blister. Should blister become increasingly painful or discharge, see the question below.
I think I have an infection in my foot or nail....
The main signs that you have an infection in your foot or nail are the following:
Redness, heat, swelling, pain, pus or discharge from the affected area.
Bathing the foot in cooled, boiled water which contains a tablespoon of table salt for a few minutes can soothe the area and help to draw out any infection which is present.
Your regular painkillers may also be helpful, but don’t exceed the prescribed dose. If this is not working, or the infection has extended well beyond the area, please contact your GP surgery by telephone for advice.