Main reception and the beauty treatment rooms at Debbie Locke Health Spa and Beauty Salon

 

Podiatry and Chiropody

 

We have a highly trained and very experienced Podiatrist at The Grange:

Sophie Stockdale BSc MChS HCPC

 

 

Sophie has been in private practice for over 5 years. Sophie enjoys treating people of all ages and is able to assess and treat a wide range of lower limb conditions. Sophie also treats skin and nail conditions of the feet and offers specialist minor surgical treatment for Verrucae and Ingrown Toenails. In addition to her Podiatry degree Sophie is also trained in Podiatric based acupuncture.

More about Sophie...

The clinics are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, including evenings.

 

Our podiatrist is based in our clinical treatment room.

Podiatrists clinical treatment room

We offer the following services:

Biomechanical assessment

  • Gait analysis
  • Foot and ankle mobilisation therapy
  • Orthotic prescription
  • Exercises
  • Footwear review

Sports podiatry

  • Gait analysis
  • Strapping and taping
  • Foot and ankle mobilisation therapy
  • Functional insole prescription
  • Footwear advice
  • Exercise programme

Paediatric podiatry

  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Gait analysis
  • Gait re-education
  • Orthoses
  • Strapping and taping
  • Footwear advice

Chiropody

  • Corns and calluses
  • Verrucae
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal nails
  • Other nail deformities
  • Blistering
  • Fissures (cracked dry skin)

Nail surgery

  • Partial nail removal with phenolisation under local anaesthetic
  • Total nail removal with phenolisation under local anaesthetic

Diabetic foot assessment

  • Annual diabetic foot screening (Vascular and neurological assessment)
  • Advice and education
  • Diabetic foot care

 

Our podiatrist can help you with the conditions outlined below.

Please enquire if you want advice about these or any other foot complaints.


Ingrowing Toenails

Ingrowing toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too. It can be extremely painful because it pierces the flesh of the toe. In the more severe cases, it can cause bleeding, inflammation and infection. They can be caused by poor nail cutting, trauma and in some cases poorly fitting footwear. Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. For the most basic painful and irritable ingrowing toenail, we will remove the offending spike of nail and cover with an antiseptic dressing. A surgical procedure under local anaesthetic may be recommended if you are particularly prone to ingrowing toenails.

Before Treatment

Being Treated

After Treatment

 

Callus

Callus is an area of hardened skin caused by an over-activity of the normal response of the skin to excessive shear and intermittent compressive stresses. These stresses can be a result of inappropriate footwear, bony prominence and lifestyle factors such as occupation or sports and hobbies. However some people have a natural tendency to form callus because of their skin type. Elderly people have less fatty tissue in their skin and this can lead to callus forming on the ball of the foot, padding to the ball of the foot will benefit to compensate for any loss of natural padding. Emollient creams delay callus building up, and help improve the skin's natural elasticity. We will be able to advise you on the most appropriate skin preparations for your needs.

Corns

Corns are similar in their makeup to a callus but much deeper into the layers of skin, making it much more painful - it may feel like you are walking on tiny stones. Corns normally appear over bony prominences and the ball of the foot, but many people also experience corns on the tops of the toes if the toes are deformed in any way.


Verucca

Verrucas can be one of the most frustrating and persistant conditions to have. Often, by the time a patient visits a Podiatrist, they will have tried several methods of over-the-counter remedies, with varying success . We can offer a range of eefective treatments, including Faulknors Needling.


Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an over use injury caused by repeated trauma to the band of tissue that joins the mid-foot to the heel. This band of tissue helps to support the arch and provides shock absorption. Pain usually occurs on the underside of the heel and usually feels at its worst when getting up from periods of inactivity, either out of bed in the morning or getting up out of the chair of an evening. The pain will subside as activity increases during the day. Treatment options include: Stretches, Insoles, Anti-inflammatories

Bunions

Bunions are recognised when the big toe deviates towards the 2nd toe, thus is seen as a bony prominence on the side of the big toe (the bunion). It more commonly occurs in women due to tight fitting footwear, but can also be an inherited condition which even the best fitting shoes can not prevent. The symptoms include redness, pain and swelling. In later stages a hammer toe may be caused by the 2nd toe being forced over the top of the big toe. Common causes of bunions include: poor fitting footwear, excessive pronation or injury to the joint. Treatment of bunions will depend on the severity of the condition but may involve: - correct fitting footwear - night splints - exercises - orthotics worn inside shoes - surgery.

Over-Pronation

A high percentage of the population suffer with some form of pain in the foot, heel, leg, knee & back and conditions including Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis & Patello-Femoral Syndrome. These conditions can be helped by regular treatment by a Podiatrist, and in some cases by the use of Orthotics. There are many options to chose from when prescribing Orthotics, from off-the-shelf full or half length orthotics, to products that can be tailored for a more complex prescription.

 

 

 

Debbie Locke Health and Beauty Spa
The Grange
Weston-super-Mare North Somerset BS24 6RR
01934 877700

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