Monthly Archives - January 2020

Verrucaes in Maidenhead with South West Podiatry

Verrucae on the sole of the foot.

Verrucaes are all around us, so you might think, especially this time of year with everyone rushing back to the gym and swimming pools to get back on track with their new year resolutions.

Verrucae is the term used for a virus that infects the cells of the skin and in Latin the term verrucae means wart. They are similar to warts which can be found on any other part of the body. When found on the feet, they are called Verrucae Pedis.

At South West Podiatry our Podiatrists only recommend treatments when Verrucaes become painful or pose an issue. They often look like small cauliflower lumps and can also contain small black dots these are capillaries which are small blood vessels . They can appear as single lesions or can be multiple viruses covering large surface areas. They are caused by different strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and like any virus, it needs your immune system to see it and then respond to it, in order to resolve the viral infection.

What should I do if I have one?

There are many products on the market that make wonderful claims regarding treatment for verrucaes such as acid based creams, home freezing sprays and the strange and wonderful treatments such as Duct tape, Banana skin and Cider Vinegar. Most of these treatments are old wives tales and little have any body of evidence to back up there claims, therefore if none of these treatments have worked and you are still concerned or the verrucae is still painful then you should contact South West Podiatry.

How can our team help you with those pesky verrucaes?

It is important to diagnose your problem and be reviewed by a HCPC registered Podiatrist or Chiropodist as you could waste a lot of time, energy and money on treatments that do not work. During your initial consultation your Podiatrist will assess your feet and discuss your treatment options.

Treatment may consist of:

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Ingrowing toe nails | Maidenhead

image of an ingrown toenail
Courtesy of the College of Podiatry

Ingrowing toe nails are a common occurrence this time of year and they can presents as a painful or infected toe nail.  Big toe nails are commonly affected with the smaller nails infrequently affected. The nail can become painful and the skin around the nail can appear red, hot, swollen or painful to the touch.

Treatment for ingrowing.

At our Maidenhead clinic, Ingrowing toe nails can be treated conservatively through appropriate nail cutting by our specialist Podiatrists or via surgical management, when ingrowing toe nails are chronic and recurrent.

Surgical management for Ingrowing toe nails.

Nail surgery is a minor surgical procedure which is completed by our podiatry team in Maidenhead.  The surgical procedure is completed under local anaesthesia and we can plan your procedure around work commitments, holidays and social engagements.

  1. After an assessment for suitability for this procedure, two local anaesthetic injections will be injected into the toe/toe’s.
  2. After 5 minutes the toe/toe’s will be numb and either a portion of the nail or the whole nail will be removed. This makes the procedure pain free.
  3. A chemical (phenol) will be applied to destroy the exposed nail bed so the part of the removed nail never grows back again (95% success).
  4. The toe is then dressed with a large bandage.
  5. After the procedure you are required to rest and take pain relief (if required).
  6. This procedure takes around one hour, you can walk normally afterwards but are required to bring flip flops and cannot drive for 24 hours. The wound takes between 6-10 weeks to heal.

Most patients do not need pain relief medication following this procedure, however some patients may experience mild symptoms. If the toe is painful it is advisable to take over the counter pain relief such as Paracetamol and nothing which contains anti-coagulant medication such as Asprin.

This procedure is considered a safe and effective way to treat in growing toe nails.  Like any surgical procedure there are minor risks involved which your podiatrist will discuss with you during the assessment and when gaining formal consent prior to booking this procedure.

To book an appointment, call now 020 7164 6607