foot care

Foot Disorders

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There are a number of common disorders which can plague the feet, making them sore, tired and achy, or creating impairments such as difficulty wearing shoes, or even difficulty walking. At Nourishing Thyself Clinic, we offer a variety of products and services for a number of different foot disorders:

Athlete’s Foot

An infection affecting the sensitive skin on the feet, athlete’s foot is transmitted from person to person as a result of walking on moist floors in areas such as swimming pool decks or shared bathroom facilities. Skin can redden, peel, crack, sting, or feel itchy.

Bunions

An excess of misaligned bone in the joint, a bunion is typically caused by incorrect foot mechanics or the use of improper footwear. Often appearing as a bony bump near the joint at the base of the big toe, a bunion can cause pain and changes the shape of your foot, increasing the difficulty in finding a proper fitting shoe.

Achilles Tendonitis

Generally provoked by overuse or arthritis, the achilles tendon becomes swollen and inflamed. Pain and stiffness in the foots heel area, as well as the tendon itself, often occurs.

Calluses

The thickening and hardening of the skin, typically as a result of excess pressure along the ball of the foot, the heel or the underside of the big toe. Calluses tend to be more common amongst women than men.

Corns

A hard growth that typically forms on the toes, corns usually result in pain, swelling, or redness and are subject to irritation. Commonly found on top or between toes as well as on the baby toe.

Fungal Nails

An infection underneath the nail, frequently accompanied by the thickening of and change in colour in the nails themselves.

Gout

Occurs when there is a build-up of uric acid in the joints, generally affecting the big toe, ankle or knee. In many cases, gout is hereditary. The joint may appear warm and red, and may feel tender. Gout is often describe as a throbbing, crushing, or excruciating pain.

Hammer Toes

A hammer toe is a deformity of the toe caused by the use of improper footwear such as high heels or ill-fitting shoes. A bent middle joint of the foot is characteristic of most hammer toes, generally making it painful to walk or wear closed footwear for an extended period of time. Often associated with hammer toes is the development of corns on the top of the toe and a callus along the sole.

Heel Spurs

These develop as an abnormal growth in the heel due to the formation of calcium deposits, as a result of the pulling away of the plantar fascia from the heel. Inflammation and severe heel pain are generally an indication of heel spurs.

Ingrown Toe Nails

Ingrown toe nails can occur if you wear tight fitting footwear, or fail to properly maintain your toe nails. The skin along the edge of the ingrown toe nail can become red, and infected, causing your ingrown toe nail to become inflamed or purulent and making it difficult to walk, or even put on your shoes.

Morton’s Neuroma

A common foot problem associated with the swelling and inflammation of a nerve, symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma include sharp pain and a burning sensation. In more severe instances, tingling or loss of feeling in the affected area may occur.

Warts

Amongst the most common of foot conditions, a wart is an infection caused by a virus which attacks the skin through small scratches, cuts or breaks in the skin. Most commonly seen on the bottom of the foot, warts may appear spongy with tiny red, brown or black spots. If left untreated, warts can grow up to an inch or more in diameter.

Plantar Fasciitis

An irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot, the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the heel. For most, the pain is typically worse in the morning, with the tendency to improve throughout the day.

Regardless of the type of foot disorder you suffer from, Nourishing Thyself Clinic offers complete treatment plans to effectively correct its cause and symptoms. These plans are covered under two choices of foot care sessions:

Medical foot care (90 mins)$110
Transformation foot care return visit (60 mins)$85

Each session includes a foot disorder assessment, a 15 minute foot massage with warm oil and hot towels, plus a complimentary toe nail polish application. For more information on our foot disorder services, or to book an appointment, please speak to Nourishing Thyself Clinics friendly and courteous staff.