Athlete’s foot, cracked heels, brittle and discoloured toenails, smelly feet, verrucae… There are numerous foot problems that have a tendency to make people feel embarrassed.
If you develop an issue with your feet that makes you self-conscious, you might be tempted to keep it a secret rather than seek expert help from a chiropodist. The trouble is, of course, that ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.
Instead of keeping any foot problems hidden, come and see our fantastic London chiropodists for advice and treatment. There’s really no need to feel embarrassed – here’s why…
Foot Problems are More Common than You Think
If you have troublesome toes or are struggling with your soles, for example, rest assured that you’re definitely not alone. There are many common foot conditions. We regularly treat all of them and more at our London chiropody clinics.
Around 25% of the population is suffering from a fungal nail infection at any given time, as the British Skin Foundation points out. This foot problem, which makes nails thick, yellowish and crumbly, is linked to another widespread issue: athlete’s foot. Despite the name, itchy, frustrating athlete’s foot infections don’t just affect sporty individuals (though the fungus thrives in sweaty socks and trainers). Medical News Today emphasises that up to 70% of people develop the problem at some stage. Athlete’s foot fungus often spreads from the skin to toenails, leading to fungal nail infections.
Verrucae (also known as verrucas) are another highly contagious, common foot complaint. HPV, the virus that causes these unpleasant warts, spreads so easily that people can catch it simply by walking barefoot over the same floor as someone who’s already infected. That’s why school changing rooms can be verruca hotspots. As health resource Patient observes, one in three youngsters will get a verruca.
Another common foot problem people don’t like to talk about is foot odour, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Feet have more sweat glands per inch than any other part of the body, so it’s no wonder they’re prone to being smelly. Foot odour occurs when bacteria break down sweat; for up to 15% of people, the smell is pungent, as KidsHealth makes clear. Feet sweat a great deal during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy, in particular, which can exacerbate the problem.
Many foot issues are widespread – but even if yours is uncommon, you can visit our foot experts feeling confident that you won’t be presenting them with a condition they don’t have a detailed understanding of or haven’t seen before. Our expertise encompasses all aspects of foot health.
Our Professional, Friendly Chiropodists Put Patients at Ease
Another reason to feel confident when you book an appointment with Feet By Pody is that all our chiropodists meet stringent professional standards. They’re members of The College of Podiatry and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. In line with our medical approach to foot care, our foot experts possess the qualifications and skills needed to provide local anaesthesia, nail surgery, prescription-only medicines, etc.
Looking after your feet is our passion, as well as our profession. We’re always eager to help and never judgemental. Feet By Pody’s expertise and approachability puts people at ease. Our patients speak highly of us, praising our ‘thorough and professional’ approach and outstanding results.
Effective Chiropody Treatments Banish Embarrassing Symptoms
All our consultations, treatment sessions and aftercare appointments take place in a safe, pleasant, hygienic environment. We’re diligent and discreet, so you’ll soon forget any feelings of embarrassment. (If you haven’t visited a chiropodist before, our guide to what to expect from your first consultation is designed to give you peace of mind.)
With so many effective chiropody services available at our foot clinics, from cracked heel care to cryotherapy for verrucae, you can enjoy relief from foot problems sooner than you might expect. What if you have a complex issue? Don’t worry – we offer more advanced foot treatments too, such as shockwave therapy for musculoskeletal problems.
Overcome Foot Problems at Our London Chiropody Clinics
Take your first step towards better foot health – contact Feet By Pody today!