What is Metatarsalgia?

metatarsalgiaMetatarsalgia is a general term used to describe pain or discomfort in the forefoot around the area of the metatarsal heads (ball of the foot area), however discomfort in this area can usually be attributed to a specific condition.

The instigation of pain in this area can often be attributed to one or more of the following factors : tight fitting foot-wear, being over-weight, high heels, high intensity exercise (e.g. squash, running) or a trauma such as stepping on a pebble or off a kerb leading to bruising or fracture. Abnormalities in the gait cycle may also cause problems. [Read more…]

Podiatrist or Chiropodist?

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WHAT IS A PODIATRIST?

There is no difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist, the term Podiatrist is just the more modern name for the same discipline.

It is estimated that the average person will walk approximately 115000 miles in a lifetime and factors such as footwear, man made surfaces and disease can all have detrimental affects on the feet, thus creating the need to seek the services of a Podiatrist who is specially trained to deal with foot health issues. [Read more…]

What to do if you have ingrowing toenails?

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WHAT ARE INGROWING TOE NAILS?

A toenail that presses into or pierces the flesh at the side of the nail is commonly called an ingrown toenail. The skin in the affected area becomes red, swollen and painful. If left untreated it will almost certainly become infected and too painful to touch. [Read more…]