About Sue Davies

 

Sue Davies  MCFHP MAFHP

Sue Davies MCFHP MAFHP

I am a fully insured and qualified Foot Health Professional and a Registered Member of The British Association of Foot Health Professionals.

I recommend  that you need regular foot checks generally on a six to eight week basis if you are unable to look after your feet yourself

Failure to look after your feet can cause serious ailments and back problems.

 

Always seek professional assistance for foot care advice and specifically the following conditions:

  • Fungal Nail Infections
  • Verrucae
  • Dry cracked heels
  • Bunions
  • Ingrowing toe nails
  • Athletes Foot
  • Hard skin
  • Thickened nails
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Nail cutting and filing
  • Cracks/fissures
  • Any nail changes
  • Routine foot and nail care
  • Hammer toes

Benefits include:

  • Healthy feet
  • Less pain
  • Increased mobility
  • Reduces other health problems:
Feet First by Sue Davies

 

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown ToenailMany people, during their lifetimes acquire some sort of medical problem. Some are more severe than others, but one fact that links these together is that seeing a Foot Health Professional is extremely important. With smaller problems such as an ingrown toenail the pain can be excruciating, but often not life-threatening.

Ingrown toenails are easily treatable and preventable. With the advice of a good Foot Health Professional one can safely prevent these problems from persisting and make sure that nothing like these problems happen again. Ingrown toenails may be a pain but there are several treatments that can be done at home that can help relieve the pain and prevent new ingrown toenails from forming.

Ingrown toenails have been a bothersome problem for many people. When the nails of the toe are not trimmed properly, this can lead to an ingrown toenail. The nail of the toe starts to grow downwards. This in turn causes pain for the person who this is happening to. The pain may start out as a simple sore but may then become infected if not treated correctly.

When this happens the pain often becomes unbearable and people go to visit their doctor. However, there are many home remedies that are extremely effective. Lifting the toenail up from the skin that it has buried itself in is one way to stop the pain. Another is to trim back the nail as much as you can so that the nail does not dig down anymore.

Once the pain becomes too much and serious infections develop, people go to visit a Foot Health Professional for advice and treatment. Many Foot Health Professionals deal with this problem on a regular basis so they are well equipped to take care of any infection and treat those who are having these issues.

If an anaesthetic is required, a Foot Health Professional will need to refer you on to a Chiropodist or Podiatrist, who will be qualified to perform a Partial Nail Avulsion if necessary.Another is to simply take floss or cotton and lift the nail up to where it is not digging anymore.

Going to a Foot Health Professional or a chiropodist if you have these problems is a very smart plan because they will be able to advise you on your problems and guide you to a solution.

Medical problems are an occurrence to most people at some point in their lives. Some of these problems are very severe in nature, while others are minor annoyances. One of the most common and preventable problems that most people have are ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail is a toenail that digs into the skin causing pain. This is mainly due to improper trimming and care of the toenails of the foot.

However, there are many ways to prevent and treat this problem ranging from home remedies that you can do yourself; to going and seeing a chiropodist who can give you antibiotic cream and remove the offending part of the nail. If you have an ingrown toenail there are many options for treatment so you can get back to enjoying life instead of being in pain.

Guest article on Ingrown Toenail for Feet First

Bunions

bunionsIf you are unfamiliar with bunions, they are generally small abnormal protrusions at the outer edge base of your big toe. You will notice the big toe turning into your second toe when this happens. In this article we will discuss some of the causes and treatments you can take if this is a problem you’re encountering.

Bunions can be hereditary and are more common in women than men. Another leading cause for this condition is a woman’s footwear. Women wearing narrow high healed shoes can aggravate this condition to where the pain becomes to much and they must change their footwear. The pain comes from swelling where the bone can fill up with fluid, extra tissue surrounds the bone adding more pressure to this area.

Early Warning Signs

Blisters are an early warning sign for this condition. This can be the start of a bunion followed by redness and skin irritation in the lower toe area. Once the visible signs are there you should go see a doctor so they can take an x-ray for confirmation of this condition.

One of the problems you can face, if you ignore this deformity, is a mechanical malfunction in your fore foot. This will create problems in other parts of your foot in addition to your bunion. Walking and other exercises become painful if you ignore this problem, it is not one of those problems that goes away in time.

Things You Can Do To Relieve The Pain

The most obvious first step to relieve the pain is to change your shoes.

Getting a bigger sized shoes can help. You can get heel or toe stuffers to take up the added room in your shoes. Another easy way to reduce pain is to retro fit an older pair of shoes, just cut them. Yes, cut a hole in the side of your shoe where the bunion is at.

There are shoes that have flexible sides to them, you might want to try these to see how much pressure you take off your bunions. In your leisure time using ice has been known to reduce the swelling and pain, of course you cannot do this at work, but you will find medications which can have the same effect.

In the orthotic product line there are gelled toe spacers, bunion spacers and bunion cushions that can relive the pain when doing your daily duties.

Surgery

There are over 100 different types of surgeries associated with this condition. Your podiatrist will narrow down the type of surgery based on deformity, age, health and activity profile.

The surgery procedure generally involves removing the extra tissue around the bone, then removing the bunion bone and finally realigning the big toe back to a normal position. The days of using a cast after this procedure are pretty much gone, the use of screws and other material to fuse the bone are becoming more common as technology advances.

Awareness and taking action when you first discover bunions is your best preventative measures to avoid any further damage. If you do need surgery expect a recovery period of not less than 4 weeks.

Guest article on Bunions for Feet First

Achilles Heel

achilles-heelThe orthopedic condition known as Achilles heel is one of the most widespread ailments of the foot. The foot and heel is one of the most important factors when it comes to walking, running and performing any physical activity. It is important to maintain good feet health as well as good overall health. Many athletes as well as individuals overuse their feet and cause injuries. These injuries can be very painful, but can sometimes be treated with over the counter devices such as medications, shoe inserts and many other remedies.

Many people stand on their feet for hours everyday in their occupations. This can cause injury to the heel over a period of time. The constant pressure on your feet can really take a toll on the heel and feet. It is important to wear comfortable shoes and at your break times, sit down and rest your feet. A good insole could probably help also. There are many devices available to help keep your feet healthy.

Heel problems can come from a number of factors, injury, accident and as mentioned before overuse. Regardless of the situation, it can be very uncomfortable and quite painful. With most heel injuries, including Achilles heel,  the tendon in the back of the ankle can become inflamed causing a great deal of discomfort. A Foot Health Professional will evaluate your condition and offer the best treatment possible for your particular problem.

Excess weight can also contribute to Achilles heel pain. The excess weight can puts pressure on the tendons and cause heel pain. Again there are many devices that can help alleviate the pain, but you along with your Foot Health Professional can devise a long term plan to get rid of the problem. Trusting your foot Foot Health Professional is the first step to a happy and healthier you.

The heel is the first point of impact when you walk, an excess amount of stress on the foot or heel can cause Achilles pain. Achilles pain covers a wide variety of symptoms including tenderness along the tendon or immense pain on the back of the heel. Be clear about the amount of pain your experiencing because you may have to seek medical advice.

There are both surgical and non-surgical methods of treatment for your heel discomfort. A Foot Health Professional may advise total rest and to avoid all activity. Pain medications may be introduced to treat pain. Heal pads, shoe inserts or other support devices may help. Surgery should be your last resort, but is sometimes necessary. If you are experiencing Achilles heel pain, your Foot Health Professional will evaluate your foot and heel and will recommend the best source of treatment for you.

There are many things you can do to prevent foot and heel pain. Some of the most common things are to keep your feet as clean and dry as possible and regular checkup will help avoid Achilles heel pain.

Guest article on Achilles Heel for Feet First

Foot Problems

How to take care of your feet

To be able to maintain healthy feet you have to try and take care of  them. This could prevent many foot problems and the better you care for your feet the better they’ll take care of you.

It is crucial to turn your foot health into a daily routine. Just like healthy teeth, skin and hair, it’s essential,

Should you suffer diabetes, please consult a professional  before you decide to follow any instructions.

a. Do not  ignore any foot discomfort. Painful feet aren’t normal. Many feet conditions could be healed and you should get them looked at by a professional as soon as possible.

b. Clean them daily in warm soap and water but don’t soak them as this may cause them to excessively dry

c. Dry them completely, particularly in between your toes.

d. Apply moisturizing cream all around them, except between the toes.

e. Inspect them regularly. Particular attention ought to be provided to alterations in color and temperature.

f. You need to speak to a professional if your nails become thick, very hard and/or change colour.

g. Any growth in your feet, for example ingrown toenails calluses and verrucae ought to be supervised.

h. Peeling of your skin or excessively dried-out skin ought to be treated. Talk to a professional.

9. If your feet are scratchy, that might be an indication of a yeast infection of your skin. Talk to a professional.

i. Remove any hard skin you might have lightly having a pumice stone or perhaps a skin file. It’s not smart to utilize a pumice or skin file on the joint. Again, talk to a professional.

j. Trim foot nails with a nail trimmer. Cut them straight across and never way too short. Don’t cut lower than the corner because this can result in an in growing toenail. Patients with diabetes must have their nails cut by a Registered professional.

k. Choose appropriate footwear.

l. Buy your new footwear in the afternoons when your feet are usually at their biggest.

m. Run in new footwear gradually and don’t forget new footwear shouldn’t hurt.

n. Be careful of natural home remedies for ingrown toenails and verrucae as they possibly can damage the skin.

o. Don’t execute bathroom surgery, eliminating a corn with a set of scissors can be quite harmful and can result in further issues with the ft.

p. Avoid walking barefoot, as the feet tend to be more vulnerable to injuries and infection.

q. If you’re on a beach, put sun screen on your feet as you would on the body.

r. Males should put on cotton socks that absorb moisture. Women should avoid excessively limited nylon material.

s. Always talk to a professional if you have any complications with your feet.

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