Podiatry and chiropody
The Foundry Clinic offers routine foot care services for conditions such as corns, calluses, nail infections, and diabetic foot problems. Nail surgery, verrucae and foot wart treatment, and verruca needling are also available. The services include an assessment of foot health and medical history, gentle removal of hard skin and corns, nail trimming and filing, and individualised treatment.
Our podiatrist provides general foot care including nail trimming and hard skin removal and also specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of verruca, nail infections, ingrowing toenails, and painful bunions.
What to expect?
Ingrown toenails and nail surgery
Ingrowing toenails is not a serious condition but it can be extremely painful if not taken care of correctly.
Benefits of Toenail Surgery at the Foundry
- We can carry out a minor procedure known as nail surgery to remove ingrown toenails.
- During the surgery, we remove part or the entire toenail. We then apply a chemical called Phenol to the root of the nail to prevent the nail regrowing and causing further pain.
- The procedure is done under a local anaesthetic, which means there is no discomfort during or immediately after the surgery. You will have the dressing reviewed in 1 week and be given instructions on how to care for your toe.
- The recovery timeframe can range from 4-6 weeks for part of the nail removed or 8-10 weeks for total nail removal.
The most common issues that may occur after nail surgery are infection, recurrence or delayed healing.
The success rate of nail surgery is 95% and there is a 5% chance of regrowth.
Verruca needling success rate is dependent on the immune system. From the available clinical evidence and research collated it is about 70%.
Needling uses an empty sterile needle to puncture and break down the verruca. This causes a little bleeding, which activates your body’s immune system response. Once the immune system becomes aware of the virus, it starts the process of self-healing, destroying the diseased cells.
The procedure involves 3 stages:
Verruca needling at the Foundry
- Firstly, we give you a local anaesthesia to make your verruca and surrounding area numb before the procedure.
- Once the area to be treated is completely numb, we proceed to repeatedly puncture the verruca with a hypodermic needle. This pushes the virus into the deeper layers of the skin so that your body’s immune system can come into contact with it and start the self-healing process.
- Finally, we apply a dressing to cover the wound. This must be kept dry for at least 24 hours and you should avoid walking or driving while your foot is still under the effect of the anaesthesia.
After 48 hours showering is permitted and life can continue as normal, although you may experience minor soreness for 2-3 days post treatment.
Usually 1-2 treatments are needed to completely eradicate the verruca. Most clients don’t see a change in the skin until 16 weeks after the treatment, hence you may not see complete results for 4 months.
It is worth noting that no single treatment for verruca and warts is 100% effective, and there is no guarantee that the verruca will not return.
You can book an appointment for some podiatry and chiropody our online booking system.
Our podiatrist offers routine foot care services for conditions such as corns, calluses, nail infections, and diabetic foot problems. Nail surgery, verrucae and foot wart treatment, and verruca needling are also available. The podiatry and chiropody services include an assessment of foot health and medical history, gentle removal of hard skin and corns, nail trimming and filing, and individualised treatment.