Healthy feet are fundamental to good health
Foot problems not only cause discomfort and pain to the feet and lower limbs, but they can also contribute to health problems in the body as a whole.
Chiropody is the most effective method of keeping your feet in a good condition and ensuring that you are comfortable in movement and free from pain.
Our chiropodist Maria Ranieri-Long M.S.S.Ch. M.B.Ch.A., HCPC registered, provides a full range of chiropody services to ensure all your foot and lower limb issues can be treated at our Therapy Centre in Benhall
These are the main conditions she treats
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Toenail cutting
- thick yellow nails /fungal nails
- Hard skin
- Blisters, abrasions, cracks and fissures.
- Ingrowing toenails – non-surgical treatment
- Verrucas – non-surgical treatment
- Foot Health Education
- Athletes Foot
£30 per session
sessions can last up to 45 minutes
DIABETIC FOOT CARE
Diabetes affects your whole body, including your feet. It is very important to look after your feet when you are diabetic. One major change known as peripheral neuropathology can affect you. Diabetics very often are not aware of pain sensation to the lower extremities, that is why you are repeatedly told to check your feet on a daily basis. Other changes that may affect you are : blood circulation, skin quality, nails, and joint movement. Any infections you acquire may be more difficult to clear and wounds can be slower to heal.
Hard skin and callus should be removed, because if they are left untreated, the skin can break down underneath and lead to an ulcer. This is why it is vital that you look after your feet to prevent problems from occurring. Maria will be able to advise you on this and answer any questions you may have.
THICK YELLOW NAILS (ONYCHOMYCOSIS) OR FUNGAL NAILS
Thick yellow toenails usually indicate that there are fungi in the nail bed. The fungi can be easily treated by reducing the thickness and applying an anti-fungal on the daily basis. Even though the nails may not look too attractive, it is quite a common disorder which can be easily eradicated with occasional visits to your chiropodist and a bit of patience.
Corns are circles of thick skin covering a nucleus of hard skin embedded deep in your foot. Contrary to what people may think, they can occur anywhere in the foot and can be quite painful.
The most common cause is ill-fitting shoes, which place excessive pressure on a particular area of the foot Corns can and do occur in between toes (soft corns), under a nail (subungual corns), they can be hard corns which tend to occur on hammer toes (where toes are bent at the middle joint) or on the sole of the feet as there’s a lack of natural cushioning, especially after the metatarsal arch has collapsed. There is also another variety known as seed corns which take their name from their small size. They might be small but they are just as painful if located on a pressure point.
It can be quite unsightly especially when our feet are in sandals. More often than not it doesn’t cause pain, rather a slight discomfort.
Hard Skin is usually first seen as dry patches on the skin, mainly on the heel, ball and side of the big toe. This dry skin can become yellow in colour as it begins to harden.
If left untreated it can develop into a callus or corn, which are more difficult to treat. Your heels can also become so dry that they begin to crack and sometimes even bleed causing fissures.
You can prevent hard skin build up by submerging your feet in warm water regularly allowing them to soak up the moisture. Foot filing alongside the hard area can also help prevent the hard skin from building up, but most importantly, you need to keep your feet moisturised.
INGROWING TOE NAILS
Ingrown toenails are a very common complaint .
Toe Nails are ingrown when they start to cut into the skin beside them, and if untreated,they can easily become infected and be very painful.
The best way to prevent ingrown toenails is by cutting the nails straight across and maintaining good foot care.
VERRUCAE (PLANTAR WARTS)
Verrucae is a virus and depending on where it is located on your foot it can be very painful, especially if it is on a pressure point.
The life span of verrucae is variable. It can last years. If the verrucas don’t give you any discomfort
You could try and leave them untreated. However, it is advisable to have the extra hard skin which usually forms and covers the verrucae pared by your chiropodist., who will also advise you how to best cope with the problem.
BUNIONS (HALLUX VALGUS)
Bunions are very common in both sexes, probably more so in women because of poor choice in footwear at a younger age. In any case, they are also hereditary. The deformity of the bone is present and depending on the type of shoes our feet are squeezed into we can aggravate the situation.
A bunion is when the two bones in our joints move out of line, causing the joint to stick out.
You can prevent developing bunions by wearing comfortable, sensible shoes that don’t make your feet feel tight or rub.
Athlete’s foot is a rash caused by a fungus , it can appear between the toes most common type, or it can also cover the entire sole of the foot (moccasin type). Whichever type you may have, it requires treatment. Your chiropodist will be able to advise you.
The affected skin may be itchy, red, scaly, dry, cracked or blistered. It’s not usually serious, but should be treated to stop it spreading and more importantly, to stop reoccurring.
About our Chiropodist
Maria Ranieri-Long, MA (Hons) is a fully trained Chiropodist and is registered with the Health Care & Professions Council (HCPC). She has 18 years of experience in practice in the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire area.
She is also an active member of the Open Study Group of Foot Health Professionals in Gloucestershire.
Maria is constantly updating her skills and regularly attends trading programmes nationwide in order to ensure she is able to provide the most up-to-date treatment for her clients.
She is friendly and caring and provides her clients with advice and as well as offering professional service to all her clients .
As well as working in the Therapy centre Maria also offers home visits in the Gloucestershire area.