My aim is to keep your feet healthy and happy, leaving you feeling happy and more confident about your feet.
I am a qualified Foot Health Practitioner, a member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register and a member of The Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners. I am fully insured to provide a professional foot care service to a wide range of patients ranging from sports professionals, children, the elderly and diabetic care. I am proud to provide a professional and friendly Foot Care Service in and around the Bristol area, delivering a service with Continuing Professional Development, to ensure I retain currency, update and expansion of my skills. Using high quality equipment and a guarantee that all instruments have been sterilised to the highest level of medical standards. I can ensure you receive the highest level of patient safety standards at all times.
I am based within a clinical environment, mainly at Parish of Doddington / Westerleigh and Bradley Stoke. However, I can also offer a visiting service throughout the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas when required.
Frequently asked questions and foot problems I can treat
Callous Skin (Hard skin) is due to the hardening and thickening (hyperkeratosis) of weight bearing areas on the foot under increased pressure. Commonly affected areas are the heels, balls of the foot and bony prominences, appearing as yellow or brown discolouration. Occasionally, patients in labour intensive jobs or work that involves repetitive movements on machinery, can develop callous in uncommon areas, such as the outer edge of a toe. Biomechanical problems, such as flat feet (Pes-Planus) or high arches, can exert disproportionate pressure on specific areas creating a build up of thickened hardened skin. Having the hard skin reduced by a competent practitioner is the first step with assessment of how the problem arose initially and thereafter taking into consideration the type of footwear worn and methods to reduce the callous with self help solutions at home and regular foot care sessions with your practitioner. Heightened discomfort would be felt when wearing thin soled shoes or high heels, whereby shock absorbing insoles would reduce discomfort. Flat feet can be supported by arch support insoles and the patient wearing high heels would benefit from wearing lower heels, restricting fashion wear to limited periods. Wearing high heels will only increase the problem as your weight is being concentrated on the ball of the foot instead of being distributed more evenly across the sole of the foot.
Wearing poorly fitting shoes can lead to many common foot problems that would otherwise never occur. One of the most common is that of corns on the feet. Corns are thickened areas of skin that build up due to excessive pressure or rubbing on a particular area of the foot or toes. Often caused through poorly fitting shoes, they become painful and can make walking unbearable. As a foot health practitioner I will remove the corns quickly and painlessly and provide advice on shoe insoles, footwear and padding to prevent recurrences. Where recurring pressure or constant friction occurs on the foot or toes the body tries to protect itself by building up layers of skin which over time become hard. Unlike Callus or Hard Skin which tends to form over a larger area of the foot, a corn tends to be more focused in a small area roughly round in shape, penetrating quite deep into the skin and often no bigger than the tip of your little figure. Hard corns commonly occur on the top of the smaller toes or on the outer side of the little toe. These are the areas where poorly fitted shoes tend to rub most. Another problem area is that between toes where soft corns sometimes form, most commonly between the fourth and fifth toes. These are softer because the sweat between the toes keeps them moist. Soft corns can sometimes become infected.
Athletes foot is a fungal skin condition that can affect anyone, of any age and of any gender. It is usually caused by Dermatophytes or yeasts. Dermatophytes are by far the most common causative agents in fungal infections. The condition can usually be found on the feet, although it can spread to the hands and the face, if not treated. It takes on several appearances from dry scaly sore skin to moist white macerated skin, on the soles, heels and sides of the feet and in particular between the toes. The infection can cause a great deal of discomfort for the patient, with some people complaining about severe itching, burning, swelling and cracking. If not treated effectively, it can spread to the nails, resulting in thick, flaky yellow nails. Athletes foot occurs mainly due to a build up of perspiration leading to deposits of dermatophytes or yeast, usually from the hot, suffocating environment feet are exposed to, especially when protective footwear is worn over long periods of time on a day to day basis or sports shoes worn repeatedly. As this infection is highly contagious, wearing flip flops or similar footwear around swimming pools, changing rooms or places where the feet are exposed is important and also taking care not to share towels is equally important. Over the counter topical ointments, sprays and creams are available as anti fungal treatments, usually to be applied daily and also 1 – 2 weeks after the visible signs of infection have disappeared. If the infection does not subside then a visit to your Doctor would be useful, where oral medication may be described.
Verrucae are caused by the HPV virus (human papilloma virus) types 1, 2 and 4, which are responsible for the lesions we know as verrucae. Although not often associated, verrucae are warts and warts are verrucae but warts, as we call them, are found on the hands and verrucae on the feet. Visually, 3 types of Verruca can be identified – A single lesion on the hands or feet A collection of lesions, resembling a mosaic type pattern over the feet or toes An array of scattered ‘puncture like’ lesions over the sole of the foot Children and young adults are most at risk, usually from contact with moist changing room floors, where skin touches these surfaces. A small microscopic lesion will encourage viruses to enter. There can be an incubation period of up to 2 years before the verruca appears. There is not a particular cure for a verruca, however different methods have been tried and tested by many practitioners over the years – Physical Methods – paring, freezing, excision, along with Chemical Methods – tea tree oil, silver nitrate, salicylic acid being widely used. Some patients find after using a particular method, that their verruca disappears within weeks, whilst many others suffer the problem for months or even years. It’s a matter of trial and error invariably, together with ongoing advice from your foot health practitioner.
Known to physicians as Onychocryptosis, ingrown or ingrowing toe nails are a common, painful condition that occur when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. This condition is usually very painful and can be associated with infection of the toe. Some ingrown toenails are chronic, with repeated episodes of pain and infection. Irritation, redness, an uncomfortable sensation of warmth, as well as swelling can result from an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails develop for many reasons. In some cases the condition is congenital, such as toenails that simply are too large. People whose toes curl, either congenitally or from diseases like arthritis, are prone to ingrown toenails. Often trauma, like stubbing a toe or having a toe stepped on, can cause a piece of the nail to be jammed into the skin. Repeated trauma, such as the pounding to which runners typically subject their feet can cause ingrown nails. The most common cause is cutting your toenails incorrectly, causing them to re-grow into the skin. Tight hosiery or shoes with narrow toe boxes only make matters worse. If the skin is red, painful or swollen on the sides of the nail, an infection may be present. This occurs because the ingrown nail is often in a warm, moist and bacteria-rich environment. When the nail penetrates the skin, it provides a convenient entry for germs that can cause infection. Untreated, the nail can go under the skin, causing a more severe infection. In either case, the infection needs to be cured with sterile instruments by your Foot a Health Practitioner and if necessary, a prescription for antibiotics from your doctor.
Consultation & Initial Treatment:
45 Minute Appointment – £30.00
The initial consultation will include a full foot health check, your treatment, including any dressings that may be required. A treatment plan and advice where necessary.
Subsequent Treatments of your choice:
30 Minute Appointment – £20.00 – A half an hour appointment for a relaxed nail cutting and filing service, with a relaxing foot massage to finalise your treatment.
45 Minute Appointment – £30.00 – Nail cutting & filing / Removal of Callus / Dry Skin / Corns etc. The choice of problem area you would like me to focus on, within the allocated time, the choice is yours!
Group Bookings – Discount plans can be arranged for group bookings upon request. Patient numbers must be confirmed at the time of booking. A mobile visiting service can be arranged for Nursing Homes or patients with mobility difficulties. Please contact Feet Physique to discuss your individual needs in more detail.
In addition to Bradley Stoke Doctors Surgery, alternative clinic locations are available in Horfield and Kingswood. Please contact Feet Physique for further details. All appointment bookings must be made directly through Feet Physique and not through Bradley Stoke Doctors Surgery or any other clinic location.
If you wish to discuss any concerns you may have or would like to book an appointment, please make contact by email or telephone and I will deal with your enquiry as soon as possible.
Contact us on 01179 569910 | 07713199670