In recent years, we have seen a rise in the number of people suffering from foot disorders. The number of patients with Achilles Tendinitis, Neuromas as well as other foot conditions have drastically increased in the UK.
Consequently, podiatry services have become much sought after as the specialists in this field.
If you would like to find out more information or book an appointment, please visit our website or contact us today. Our clinic is based in Colchester in the South-East of Essex, and provide our professional services to our surrounding local areas.
With years of experience, we can provide the necessary support, treatment, care and customer service you need to maintain the best foot health you can, and advice you in all aspects of podiatry information.
Foot Pain Specialist Near Me
Are you looking for a Foot Pain Specialist Near Essex? We offer Podiatry and Foot Care Advice for Colchester and Essex.
It may be tempting to think that you will only need to visit a podiatrist when you have a severe foot condition which limits your mobility.
In actual fact, podiatry services are available to treat a variety of foot-related conditions such as infections and sports injuries. You do not necessarily need a GP referral to see a podiatrist; simply contact us via 01206 547097 to see how we can help you.
Signs You Need To See a Podiatrist
How do you know you have a foot disorder and need to seek podiatry services? Is it only when you have a foot infection that causes inflammation and pain? Or is it when you wake up with severe foot pain?
Well, below is a broader list of symptoms to look out for besides inflammation and pain:
Itchy, stinging, and burning feet/ toes:
These may be signs of a serious foot condition such as athlete's foot, which can be very painful, and requires immediate medical attention. It is important to get your feet looked at, to rule out or get to the bottom of your foot problems.
It is normal to develop blisters on specific parts of your feet such as ankles and toes, especially from ill-fitting footwear. However, if you notice blisters all over your feet, that could mean something else.
Having smelly feet is a sure-fire sign of an underlying foot condition. The odour is usually caused by some bacteria that live on the skin. This bacteria feeds on the sweat that comes out of your feet and generates a substance known as isovaleric acid, which smells bad.
Ingrowing Toe Nails:
Having an ingrowing toe nail can be very sore and can lead to swelling and infection if left too long. It may require minor nail surgery and medical treatment.
Many cases of fungal infections can be contagious and spread to other people from carpets and socks. The fungi like warm places so can be caused by socks and shoes. They can be hard to get rid of, so require professional care.
Chilblains usually affect areas such as the heel, toes and feet. They can cause problems such as itching, discomfort and infection. Podiatrists use the necessary equipment and treatment, including creams and can advise you on how to prevent them from coming back.
Charcot foot can be extremely painful and gets worse over time. The foot and heel pain is caused by the bones weakening, and may even fracture without you realising. The requires immediate attention, and we would advise you to come straight to the clinic.
Patients with diabetes are usually the most at risk of foot ulcers. They typically affect under the feet and sometimes require the use of antibiotics. If left untreated, the skin could wear away on the affected area.
Corns cause irritation on the feet and are hard and small. They aren't extremely harmful but can worsen and cause other foot conditions if left untreated. To remove corns, minor surgery is necessary.
Nerve Damage to your Feet:
If you have nerve damage in your feet, you will feel sensations such as numbing and tingling, and it may feel painful to walk. However, maintaining your health is so important, as this will control never damage.
Foot health is maintained by ensuring you wear suitable footwear at all times. Wearing shoes that don't fit correctly, or aren't suitable for the activity you are doing can have serious effects.
Here are some helpful tips to consider when buying shoes:
- Think about the activities you are going to be carrying out when wearing the shoes, and if they are suitable.
- Consider how much support the shoes give to your feet.
- Ensure that you have your feet measured by a professional to make sure you are buying the correct size.
- Check to see if both your feet are the same size as each other.
- Also, check that both your shoes are the same size before purchasing.
- When you have bought the shoes, wear them around the house so your feet can get used to them, to prevent blisters.
- Talk to the retail worker about insoles and other foot care accessories.
Diabetic Foot Care
If you have diabetes, taking care of your feet is so important. We recommend having your feet checked by a professional podiatrist at least once a year, for a full assessment. Due to the fact diabetes causes nerve damage, pain may not be felt, which is why you should inspect and take care of your feet daily.
- Inspect for any signs of swelling, temperature or colour change, or any visible sores such as blisters or cracks
- Change your socks as often as you can
- Ensure you wash your feet as often as you can
- Apply moisturiser before and after wearing shoes
- Wear slippers or bed socks in the evening, instead of bare feet
- Maintain your nails by cutting them
- Get in touch with a professional if you spot any changes with your feet
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Some foot disorders can cause great distress and torment to the patient. If you have one such disorder, you do not need to suffer in silence.
shapefeet. are specialist podiatrists, working in and around Colchester in South East Essex, offering quality services which are effective yet affordable.
Do not know where to begin? No worries, just have a look at our website, or talk to us and we will point you in the right direction, and give you as much information as you need.