General Foot Care

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So much of our overall health relies on proper foot care, and our mission at Momentum Podiatry is to help everyone stay active and keep moving.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Corn pads, available from the chemist, contain a substance called salicylic acid which helps to break down skin. However, corns are often located on tricky parts of the feet, making it difficult to use corn pads correctly. When these pads are used incorrectly, they damage the surrounding healthy skin, often leading to pain and worsening the condition. If you have corns, the best thing to do is make an appointment with your podiatrist before using corn pads to get the right advice and the right treatment. It’s all about proper foot care.

Many people like wearing nail polish, particularly in the warmer months while wearing open-toed shoes. Generally, we say that this is fine, as long as it’s only worn for a few days and then removed thoroughly. Long-term use of nail polish can cause damage and discolouration to the nail.

The correct way to care for your toenails includes regular trimming with clean, straight cuts, avoiding cutting them too short or rounding the edges to prevent ingrown toenails. Keep your toenails clean and dry, moisturize the surrounding skin, and wear properly fitted shoes to prevent nail damage. If you notice any abnormalities or signs of infection, seek professional advice from a podiatrist.

To prevent blisters, wear properly fitted shoes that provide adequate cushioning and support. Break in new shoes gradually, wear moisture-wicking socks, and use lubricants or blister pads on areas prone to friction. Avoid wearing wet or sweaty shoes for prolonged periods. If you find that you’re getting blisters regardless of the care you take, come in and see one of our podiatrists so we can investigate any possible underlying issues.

Our feet put up with a lot, and we rely on them more than we care to acknowledge. Knowing what proper foot care looks like, and knowing how to spot the warning signs, is pivotal to enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle. If you ever notice anything unusual or anything painful regarding your feet, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.

What issues does our general foot care cover?

Our podiatrists are expertly trained and experienced in treating all general podiatric concerns, such as:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Thickened nails
  • Callus
  • Fungal nails
  • Corns
  • Sweaty and smelly feet
  • Blisters
  • Cracked heels (heel fissures)
  • Tinea
  • Warts

How we treat general foot conditions

Some of these conditions are caused by trauma, ill-fitting footwear, genetics, illness and lifestyle choices. They are often managed with simple yet effective treatment options providing you instant relief. You will receive treatment on the day, along with preventive offloading to redistribute pressure if required and advice to ensure your feet stay in excellent condition between appointments.

Don’t ignore foot problems

Most foot issues are like any medical issue – much easier to address when treated early on. It’s essential to seek professional help from a podiatrist if you experience persistent foot pain, swelling, numbness or signs of infection such as redness and increased temperature of the feet. Additionally, if you have diabetes or circulation issues, it’s crucial to have regular foot assessments and seek prompt treatment for any foot concerns.

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