Cracked heels are very common and can be very painful. You can really help yourself and self treat with a good heel cream which has a high concentration of uric acid. I use Splitz cream on my patients with excellent results. Before applying you need to have the dry cracked skin removed with a very coarse file or even better a scalpel. (don't do this yourself!!) Then coat the affected area in the uric acid cream. You can tape the heel up if the cracks are really bad and keep socks on day and night. With regular attention your heels should be smooth and soft in time for the summer 😎
I had this wonderful testimonial left on Yell.com yesterday. Made me smile :-)))
I have been going to Andrea’s foot clinic since 2017 and have been amazed by the results in such a short time. I had been previously told by a doctor that there was nothing they could do to improve the problem that I had with my feet (fungal infection/hardening of the nails & athletes foot) unless I took a course of tablets which I wasn’t prepared to do due to possible side effects. After the first visit with Andrea, the difference was so noticeable and after only 3 visits, the results are great! I would highly recommend Andrea as she not only knows her stuff, she is also a very lovely lady........so glad I found her! 👍
This week something new was brought to my attention and that is Thuja and Verrucas. I was aware that boosting your immune system with homeopathic remedies like Thuja were good for getting rid of verrucas, but now that I have seen an amazing result by a fellow Foot Health colleague, I have been recommending Thuja as a complimentary supplement to all my patients who are unfortunate enough to be invaded by this stubborn virus. If you want to know more, please do get in touch with me. Here is a link to some comments about it on Amazon - happy reading!
I've had quite a patients with few fungal nail problems this week. If your nails have yellow patches or are brittle and crumbling, do get in touch because the longer you leave it, like many foot conditions, the harder it is to treat. £10 off first treatment in November. I treat fungal nails with Phytonail which is very effective if used daily by the patient. Filing the surface of the nail before application also helps.
I had a patient this week who needed nails trimming and filing together with hard skin and corns removed. Also interested in NLP, they explained a problem they have surrounding anxiety and fear in a particular situation. So, whilst treating their feet, I also shared some NLP techniques to help to reduce the anxiety when a certain trigger occurs. It was very rewarding for both myself and the patient. A win-win. I found the experience very rewarding and the patient left delighted with comfortable feet and some tools to help tackle anxiety.
I had a young lady this week who is breast-feeding and has verrucas. I treated them by paring back the callus, covering each verruca, with a scalpel and then applied Glutarol. Glutarol contains the active ingredient glutaraldehyde at 10% concentration. This is safe to apply when pregnant or breastfeeding. Verrucas are notoriously difficult to treat, with only a 50% success rate for most common treatments, but this patient wanted to give Glutarol a go as she is fed up with them! Between treatments she needs to occlude oxygen by applying zinc oxide tape (or equivalent). Glutaraldehyde is known to kill the verruca virus (HPV) and restricting oxygen supply will also aid in the process.
A patient arrived stating that she had sore feet. On inspection she had four huge, hard corns on the balls of both feet by her big toe and her little toe. With my scalpel I gently pared down each one and managed to enucleate them. She walk out of my clinic free from pain. A very rewarding treatment! Another patient could not believe the shape of her big toe once the hard callus on the medial edge had been pared back. She always thought her big toe was shaped large and round and now she has a very slender big toe!
This week I treated a man with a very deep corn. Huge callus build up and a very deep nucleus. After paring down I created a 5mm 'corn' padding for him to take the pressure off the area. I also treated a lady with a fungal nail on her big toe. After burring down with the drill, I applied Phytonail fungal treatment to the area. She needs to continue with this treatment daily to allow healthy nail to grow through. I also had a breast-feeding mum with verrucae. I had to be very careful with the products I used because of lactating. For this first treatment I just pared down and restricted oxygen access with a fleecy web tape. She needs to continue starving them of oxygen and next time I will par back further and apply some TT50 cream or Glutarol.
From September 2017 I will start treating patients foot problems as well as helping them with their nutrition (weight loss if necessary) and supporting them emotionally with important lifestyle changes using the tools of NLP.