Common Foot Conditions

The Foot Clinic podiatrists are experts in diagnosing and treating common foot conditions of our Perth clients, as well as our specialised treatment areas. Our General Foot Care includes treatment of ingrown toenails, fungal nails, corn and callous, warts and plantar warts.

Common Foot Conditions

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Our feet take a lot of abuse. The average person will walk 128,000kms in a lifetime, the equivalent of three times around the world. The Foot Clinic is focused on ensuring that foot pain from an ingrown toenail, fungal infection, corn, callous, wart or plantar wart does not slow you down or prevent you from activity at any level.

Toe Pain

We see patients experiencing pain in their toe due to these four common and painful toe problems: sesamoiditis, neuromas, bunions and hammer and claw toes.

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Heel Pain

Heel pain can be a sign of a condition needing the attention of a podiatrist.

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common foot conditions,
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Corn or Callous?

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Corns and calluses are the body’s response to injury, pressure, or rubbing of the foot. They are a hard, painful layer of skin that may need medical attention if they become infected or lead to ulcerations of the skin, a risk for those with diabetes or poor circulation in the feet.

Corn is a type of Callous

Corns form on both weightbearing and non-weight bearing parts of the skin, are circular in shape, with a soft or hard centre, and painful when pressed. Hard corns typically form within calluses or on bony parts of the foot. Soft corns are whitish with a rubbery texture where the skin is moist and sweaty.

Calluses appear on feet, hands, elbows and knees

Yellowish or pale in colour and lumpy to the touch, a callus will form where the skin is rubbed by bone, ill-fitted footwear, or the ground. Calluses are generally bigger, wider and more superficial than corns, with less defined edges.

When to see a podiatrist for your corn or callous

All corns and calluses should be treated regularly as a part of an ongoing foot maintenance program. If a corn or callus becomes very inflamed or painful you should seek treatment immediately. Patients with poor circulation, fragile skin, or nerve problems and numbness in the feet need to consult a podiatrist rather than treating corns and calluses themselves. In particular, people with diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and peripheral arterial disease must pay closer attention to corns and calluses.

Ingrown Nails and Fungal Nails

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Toenails are also plagued by two conditions – ingrown toenails and fungal nails – that can be painful and require medical attention to provide an adequate solution to the pain.

Ingrown Toenails

Poor cutting technique, poor footwear and abnormal nail shape are the common causes of an ingrown nail, in which the nail embeds itself into the nearby skin and causes a painful irritation.

Fungal Toenails
(Also called onychomycosis)

Trauma to the nail bed, an abnormal Ph level of the skin, overexposure to water or detergents, damp feet from showering or sweating, wearing tight footwear, and people with compromised immune systems create a perfect environment for the microorganism to infect the nail. You may first notice the infection as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail. Symptoms of a fungal infection may include brittleness, discolouration, thickening and crumbling of the nail, as well as debris under the nail itself.

When to see a podiatrist for ingrown nail or fungal nail

You should seek help at the first sign of an ingrown toenail or fungal toenail. If caught early enough, your podiatrist may alleviate the problem with simple conservative techniques. Severe ingrown toenails may require a local anaesthetic and outpatient surgery to resolve and similarly, further medical attention is necessary to treat a fungal infection that has spread to the nail bed.

Warts and Plantar Warts

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) infects the skin and causes both painful warts and plantar warts, though their appearance and treatment differ. Warts are contagious and spread indirectly person to person.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the foot where the HPV has been allowed to enter through a break in the skin and create a hard lump with black dots in the centre which are the blood vessels transporting blood to revascularise the area. The black dots generally tell you the irritation is a wart and not a corn.

(Also called verrucae)

Warts can appear anywhere on the foot and is painful when squeezed. Warts can be treated at home through a process of softening and then debriding the rough skin from the foot.

Why see a podiatrist for warts on your feet? A podiatrist can freeze the wart off with liquid nitrogen, remove the wart with laser or surgery, or apply or inject medicines to strengthen the immune system and boot the virus out of your body.

At the Foot Clinic you can rest assured we have most likely seen your problem before. Speak to one of our foot doctors. We are always happy to talk about feet. Book a consult today.

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