Foot care specialists in Reading
Do you have ingrowing toenails? You can rely on the experienced chiropodists at Castle Hill to provide you with high-quality treatment at competitive prices. Contact us today for expert advice.
Corns and calluses characteristically develop on bony areas or high areas of pressure on the foot. The ball of the feet has a fibro-fatty pad, which helps to protect the bones of the toes underneath. Sometimes, due to the position of the feet and the way we walk, the fibro-fatty pad can reduce in thickness. Systemic conditions such as diabetes or age-related changes can also cause the pad to thin. Corns or large patches of calluses can be extremely painful and often described as 'sharp stones or pins in feet'.
There is now a new procedure used to augment (fill) the fibro-fatty padding to help prevent corns and calluses from developing. The product used is a type of dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar; once it goes inside the body, its main role is to attract the surrounding water molecules to 'plump' and aid cushioning.
The procedure is very effective and will last approximately 4 to 6 months. All corns and calluses on toes or on the ball of the feet can be treated using this procedure. Local anaesthesia is required with this procedure. All redressings and post-operative appointments are included in the full price of the surgery. Please consult our senior podiatrist for further information.
Verrucae needling therapy (VNT)
If you have a verruca, it is most likely that you will have caught it from a communal floor, such as a swimming pool or changing room but it could just as easily have been at home or on holiday. The virus that forms a verruca is called human papillomavirus (HPV), and it can survive for some time outside the body. It can resist desiccation, freezing and prolonged storage outside of host cells.
The way dry needling works is to push verruca cells from the epidermis through into the dermis and hypodermis or adipose layer, thereby inoculating the underlying tissue.
This triggers an immune response, the appropriate antibodies are produced, and over the subsequent weeks, the verruca undergoes a natural deterioration before ultimately disappearing.
Dry needling is performed under local anaesthesia with 2 to 4 injections around the ankle or in the toes to ensure the foot or toes are completely numb before proceeding. Having established that the area to be treated has been completely anaesthetised, a hypodermic needle is used to repeatedly puncture the verruca. This pushes verruca tissue from the epidermis through into the dermis and underlying adipose tissue layer.
If you're affected by any of these foot conditions, give us a ring. There are several treatment options available for you here at Castle Hill.
Hyperhidrosis - sweaty feet
Hyperhidrosis is a term used for excessive sweating. When severe sweating gets in the way of certain daily activities and other treatments, e.g. antiperspirants, iontophoresis and medications, have not worked, you may be a candidate for our form of treatment.