Your local foot care specialist
Chiropodists Podiatrists Livingston West Lothian
Our degree qualified, HCPC registered Chiropodists and Podiatrists Livingston, West Lothian can treat the following foot problems:
- Painful callous (hard skin) build-up
- Corns and verrucas
- Ingrown, hard-to-cut and problem nails
- Sport injuries – ankle, knee, hip, and back problems
They will also give advice on:
- Preventative measures
- Self-help treatments and remedies
- Appropriate footwear
- Insoles and orthotics (prescription and non)
The Podiatrist will reduce the nails, hard skin and any corns. The feet will then be cleansed and an emollient will be applied.
For patients who suffer chronic nail conditions/problems that cannot be controlled with regular routine treatments. The Podiatrist will numb the toe(s) with anaesthetic and then the offending nail (or part of nail) will be removed. A chemical will then be applied to the nail bed to stop nail regrowth and prevent recurrence of the problem.
For diabetic patients. The Podiatrist will, as well as complete a Routine treatment (see above) will assess the patient’s lower limb circulation and foot sensation with the aim of identifying whether the patient is in a low, medium or high risk group for foot problems associated with their diabetic status.
The Podiatrist will reduce the overlying hard skin manually (don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt) and then the underlying verruca will be treated with acid (strength/type of acid dependent on patient and site of verruca).
The Podiatrist will analyse the way the feet interact with the ground while walking. Measurements of the lower limb will be taken and range of motion assessed. The Podiatrist will then make recommendations, which can range from stretching exercises to prescription orthotics (insoles).
Dry needling is performed under local anaesthetic with three or four injections around the ankle to ensure the foot is 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 top layer of skin (epidermis) through into the deeper layer of skin (dermis), thereby triggering an immune response. The appropriate antibodies are then produced and over the subsequent weeks the verruca undergoes a natural deterioration before ultimately disappearing.
For elderly, housebound patients. The Podiatrist will provide a Routine treatment (see above) in the comfort of the patient’s own home.