Routine Care

General Foot Care looks into some of the common foot conditions such as Corns and Ingrown Toenails

Following the New Patient Appointment, you may be advised by the Podiatrist to attend a regular appointment every 4-12 weeks dependent on your own individual requirement. The purpose of routine care is to prevent a problem from coming back, rather than have to treat the problem again.

Routine care usually consists of nailcare, callus debridement and corn enucleation/prevention.

Our Podiatrists aim to get each patient as much longevity out of each treatment as possible, for some patients this may be as frequent as every 4 weeks and for others it may be once a year.

It is most common for our patients to require routine care every 6-8 weeks

Fungal Nails

Fungal nail infections are also known as onychomycosis. It is usually a painless condition when the fungus infects the toenail causing it to become discoloured, flaky, brittle, uncomfortable and unsightly. Fungal nail infection is about four times more common in toenails than fingernails and can involve part or the entire nail, including the nail plate, nail bed and root of the nail.

Rough callused balls of feet.
Small hard corns on toes.

Calluses and Corns

Callus and corns are one of the most common problems seen by podiatrists. Other names for corns and callus are hyperkeratosis, clavus, heloma and tyloma. More often than not hard, rough and dry skin is unsightly rather than painful. However, irritation can lead to calluses which can be both painful and stubborn to remove. The skin has thickened to withstand the pressure. A callus generally refers to a more diffuse thickening of the skin. They are more common on the toes, but can occur under the ball of the foot whereas a corn is a thicker more focal area. They are more common on the toes. A corn can occur under and be surrounded by callus.

Corns, also called helomas, are thickened areas of skin that form in response to intense pressure and friction. They form to protect the skin and the structures beneath it from damage or injury. Corn is a thicker more focal area. A corn can occur under and be surrounded by callus. Corns appear as a horny thickening of the skin on the toes. This thickening appears as a cone shaped mass pointing down into the skin. Hard corns are usually located on the outer surface of the little toe or on the upper surface of the other toes, but can occur between the toes. A soft corn occurs between the toes and is kept soft by the moisture in this area.


If you have diabetes, heart disease or problems with your circulation, do not try to treat corns and calluses yourself.

These conditions can make foot problems more serious, see a podiatrist as soon as is convenient.

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