the foot parlour

Treatment

£40
Treatment lasts about 1 hour

Soak feet in a warm, soothing, foot bath. Cut nails then work down the feet removing any corns or callouses - offering advice on any treatment that may be needed e.g. fungal infection or verruca.

Dressings, where appropriate, are included in the price of the treatment - with the exception of ingrowing toenails.

We have a resident nail surgeon qualified to do basic nail sugery eg partial or full nail avusions.

There is a late cancellation (not giving 24hrs notice) or missed appointment fee of £15 per appointment will be chargable.

Nail surgery

Partail Nail Avulsion...1 side £150
Partial Nail Avulsion...both sides £200
Full Nail Avulsion....£200

Treatment of ingrowing toenails

To remove a spike, clean and dress the wound is a one off fee of £35.

Toenail Fungus Definition

Fungal nail infectionsFungal infections are, believe it or not, our most 'popular' complaint which we can profess to curing. For ladies who have the inconvenience of having a fugal infection of the toenail which looks horrendous we are qualified to apply false gel toenails. We are one of the only LCN Pedique qualified nail technicians in the north west.

Toenail fungus, known by physicians as Onychomycosis, affects about half of the human population by the age of 70. It is relatively rare in children, but the incidence increases with age. Fungus infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail, then grow and spread in the warm, moist environment inside the patient's socks and shoes.

Symptoms of toenail fungus, which can be caused by several types of fungi, include swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail, streaks or spots down the side of the nail, and even complete loss of the nail. Toenail colour can vary from brown or yellow to white with this condition.

Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. It occurs most often or the ~ or small toe, but might occur on any toe.

Cause

Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools, and can be passed among family members. Athletes and people who wear tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery that cause trauma to the toes or keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. The condition can also spread from one toe to another, or to other parts of the body.

Other risk factors include abnormal PH level of the skin, not drying off the feet thoroughly after bathing or exercise, and a compromised immune system in someone who has been exposed to a fungus. Diabetics have an increased risk of contracting a toenail fungus because their immune system is compromised. They should have their nails cut and debrided by a podiatrist.

Treatment and Prevention

Because it is difficult to treat or eradicate toenail fungus, it is a good idea to try to prevent it. It helps to wear protective shoes or sandals in public showers, pool areas and gyms, and to avoid borrowing someone else's shoes or sharing socks or towels with someone who has toenail fungus.

Wash your feet regularly, and dry them thoroughly when they get wet. Wearing nail polish on the toes is not advised because it can seal in fungus and allow it to grow. Keep toenails trimmed, and be sure to disinfect any pedicure tools before using them.

If you do develop toenail fungus, see your foot doctor. The doctor might remove as much of the nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Medicated nail polish might be prescribed for a localized infection, but a serious infection will likely be treated with a prescription oral antifungal medication. These medications can have side effects, so be sure to work closely with your doctor on your treatment plan. Only in severe cases will surgical removal of the nail be recommended.

If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, see your foot doctor.

click here for information about t he management of fungal nail infection
click here for information about athletes foot

Orthotics

The Human foot was designed to travel on soft, natural surfaces like earth. We now spend every day walking and standing on unnatural hard, flat surfaces like pavements and floors.

These surfaces force our feet to roll over to gain ground contact and our arches to flatten. Rolling over of the foot - or "Excess Pronation" is believed to affect over 50% of the population!

orthoticsInterestingly, although the foot rolls inwards, often the shoe will wear excessively on the outside edge of theheel. This is because the foot normally 'lands' on the outside edge first and consequently rolls over causing excess pronation as a compensatory motion.

Just like the tyres on a car, poor alignment of the feet can cause wear and tear to other parts of the body. "Excess Pronation" often disrupts normal knee function and hip alignment and increases forces on the muscles in the lower back. Subsequently, "Excess Pronation" can cause a wide range of common complaints.