Our Treatments

At the Vale foot Clinic we treat a variety of conditions. You can find information about these conditions, advice for managing them at home and information about the treatments we provide for each condition below.

These develop when the side of the toenail grown into the surrounding skin.The Big toe is often affected, either on one or both sides.The nail curls and pierces the skin, which becomes red, swollen and tender.

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can become infected so it is important that you:

  • Keep your feet clean and change your socks regularly
  • Cut your toenails straight across to stop them from digging into the surrounding skin
  •  Gently push the skin away from the nail using a cotton bud
  •  Wear comfortable shoes that fit properly
 Surgery may be recommended if your toenail doesn’t improve. Depending on how severe your symptoms are this may involve removing part or all of the toenail.

These are hard, thickened areas of skin, caused in response to rubbing, friction or pressure on the skin.

There are many ways of treating corns and calluses at home such as:

  •  Rubbing the area with a pumice stone or foot file whilst bathing or immediately afterwards
  •  Applying moisturising cream after bathing as this may help to soften the skin
  •  Avoiding narrow fronted shoes for corns or calluses on the toes
If the corns or calluses become too painful and require cushioning visit us for removal.

Bunions are a large lump on the side of the foot where the big toe excessively angles towards the second toe.

To manage the bunion it is advisable to:

  •  Wear wider shoes to give your toes room to move
  •  Wear high heeled shoes in moderation
  • Wear heel height of 4cm or less and vary the heel height of the shoes you wear
  •  Choose shoes with laces or a strap and buckle over the instep

Fungal infections such as athletes foot commonly affect moist areas of the skin, such as between the toes – but can also occur in dry, flaky areas such as the heel.

To manage athletes foot:

  • If the area affected is in a moist area such as between the toes you should wash your feet in cold water and dry them thoroughly by dabbing them with a clean towel (do not rub them dry)
  •  Don’t use moisturiser or powder between your toes
  •  Applying surgical spirit to reduce moisture but this must only be applied to unbroken skin
  •  Ensure your feet are given time to breath by removing your shoes and socks when at home

If dry areas of your feet are affected we can provide an anti-fungal cream or spray for you to treat your feet with.

Advice and treatment for this condition will appear here soon.

Many patients often complain of heel pain. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is when a band of tissue that runs under the heel becomes swollen. It can be a debilitating  condition that affects walking and posture.

To ease heel pain at home you should:

  • Regularly stretch your calf muscles
  •  Wear well-fitting shoes, with good heel cushioning and arch support (we will advise you on personal shoe type and support in our clinic)
  • Avoid walking or exercising on hard surfaces
  • Ensure you rest regularly and do not walk or run too fast
  • Wear a raised heel (no more than 6-10mm higher than normal

Advice and treatment for this condition will appear here soon.

Advice and treatment for this condition will appear here soon.

Information about this treatment will appear soon.