We have all been there, neglected a niggle in our foot and told ourselves that it will probably go away. Weeks past, even months and it’s only getting worse. Then finally, when we are hobbling around barely able to walk, we decide to seek help…..Well, at South London Foot Clinic, we are here to help you.
What is Chiropody?
Put very simply, Chiropody is the treatment of the feet and their ailments.
Chiropody treatment mainly involves the treatment of skin and nail conditions but injury to the skin and/or nails could also come under this remit.
To learn more about the different things that could be treated using chiropody, just keep reading…..
What’s the difference between corns and callus?
We will start with the easy one – callus. Ever heard of hard skin? Well, callus is basically the fancy word for hard skin. Callus can occur in many different ways but generally there are 2 different ways it can come about. Sometimes, your body gets a little mixed up and can make too many skin cells which results in excess skin tissue being laid down and thus, thick hard skin. Most commonly however, the cause of hard skin is simply too much pressure or force going through the area where the hard skin occurs. In response to the high level of pressure, your body will try to protect itself and lay down some excess skin resulting in callus formation.
Callus can be painful or completely asymptomatic so it may or may not need treatment. If you think you have some callus and it is causing you pain, you may need an appointment with your local podiatrist for some chiropody care.
Corns are a little harder to explain. Again, they result from too much pressure so they are normally located on a part of your foot that is either getting too much pressure from the ground or your footwear. Common places to get corns would be: on the ball of your foot; in between your toes or on the top of clawed/ hammer toes. They are focal points of hard skin (usually circular in shape) which are usually very painful. Patients often come in and say “it feels like I am standing on a pebble” or “I think I must have a thorn or piece of glass stuck in my foot”.
Corns are something that time will most definitely not heal as they build up over time and become more and more painful so I always advise to go for chiropody as soon as you feet the corn pinching.
What happens in a chiropody appointment?
Chiropody appointments should be a really enjoyable experience. Your podiatrist will assess your feet and take care of any areas that need a bit of TLC. Normally what happens is the podiatrist will start by cutting your nail, take away any hard skin or corns that may be present and if you’re lucky, you might even get a comfortable spongey padding to go home with to give you that extra spring in your step.
Does Chiropody hurt?
Usually someone will go in to a chiropody appointment in some pain or discomfort and come out feeling like they have two new feet with a pep in their step. It’s like magic. This is why I sometimes tell people that I am a wizard! Infact, I will never forget the joy on one patient of mine who had pain in her toe for 3 years, had been to see multiple specialists with no success and following a simple corn removal was completely pain free. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
If you are still confused – we would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our Podiatrists in our Cork based Foot Clinic to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work – you are closer to finding the thing that does!
Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complementary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next for the best, even if that means we are not the right clinic for you.
Can I get rid of a corn forever?
This is a difficult question and it doesn’t have any one right answer. As corns are created by pressure, theoretically, removing this pressure should mean that you will not get it back again. There are many ways to do this such as with the use of orthotics, padding or silicon wedges.
However, taking pressure away from an area is easier said than done. Again, it also depends on where the corn is located. With this in mind, every time I see a corn for the first time, I try to uncover why it is occurring. This gives me the best chance of offloading the area and educating my patients on ways that they can prevent or prolong the time needed in between visits.
What is the difference between chiropody and podiatry?
This is a common question that I get asked every day. Chiropody encompasses the treatment of skin or nail conditions, corns, callus, fungal skin and nail infections and verruca treatment.
Podiatry however, is more of a foot doctor and as well as doing normal Chiropody would treat injuries of the foot such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, lower limb muscular issues, postural/ walking defects as well as diabetic assessment and wound healing.
Podiatrists are trained to carry out treatments required in both professions.
What is a verruca?
Often a verruca can appear similar to a corn and it is very common for people to get these mixed up. A corn is a formation of hard skin whereas a verruca is a viral infection of the skin on the foot. Most people know what a wart is – well, a verruca is basically a wart on your foot. Sometimes these can be pain free whereas other times they can become quite painful.