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All of our Podiatrists are Members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and are HCPC Registered. To maintain registration Podiatrists are required to carry out 30 hours per year of studying to be eligible to maintain their registration.
The extensive training given over the 3-4 year degree course which includes local anaesthesia certification and the continuing education after graduation, enables Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and nail conditions.

Corns & Callus

Corns and callus are the most common conditions on the skin of the foot. They can occur anywhere in the feet but are usually located over bony a prominence.

Excessive pressure and sheering stress over bony a prominence cause the outer layer of the skin to thicken forming corns and callus. These conditions are usually painful but with conservative care can be managed effectively.
Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toe nail is a condition in which the edge of the nail cuts into the flesh, this condition occurs most frequently in the big toe and may affect one or both sides of the nail.

Initially it may only cause a little discomfort but as the nail grows deeper into the flesh the toe usually becomes infected and very painful. The skin becomes irritated, red, shiny and swollen with a throbbing pain and the toe is painful to touch.

Ingrown toenails can usually be treated effectively with general Podiatry footcare. For extremely curved toenails, nail braces can be fitted to the toenail to ‘train’ the nail to grow less curved  at the edges, thus preventing the nail from cutting in to the nail groove. If the condition is non-responsive to conservative treatment, then surgical correction is indicated. At the Footcare Centre, our Podiatrists are qualified to use these treatments, as well as give you advice on how to manage and avoid the problem reoccurring.
Of course, if you have diabetes, vascular insufficiency, arthritis or a neuropathy (where the sensation to the foot is diminished) immediate care by a Chiropodist/Podiatrist is recommended. They will be able to advise you and treat the nails painlessly.

Thickened & Fungal Toenails

Thickening of the nail may be caused by a fungal infection or occur following severe trauma from an injury or the gradual irritation of a tight shoe. The nail bed and matrix (root) can become irreversibly damaged, causing the nail to grow abnormally thick and discoloured dark yellowish-brown. Very often the first toe nail is affected but the disorder may appear in the others. The excessive thickening makes cutting the nail extremely difficult consequently is often neglected, with the result of pain and discomfort from the shoe pressing against the nail.

Irrespective of the cause, the nail should be cut with nail clippers and filed down to as normal a thickness as possible so that the pressure on the toe is relieved. If the patient is young and the condition is confined to one toe and there are no contra-indications, total surgical removal of the nail and matrix (root) may be considered the most satisfactory long-term treatment.
Verruca (Plantar Warts)

verruca are caused by a virus and are contagious they appear in various shapes and sizes and may grow singularly or in groups this is not always a painful condition and depending on the size and location of the verruca it may go unnoticed.

verruca can be seen in any age group but usually affects children and young adults and are associated with communal areas like swimming baths, sports centres and gymnasiums.

In the early stages the verruca may have minimal appearance but characteristically the verruca appears like a cauliflower pattern sometimes with black spots or streaks through it. These black dots are classical to verruca and are caused by the bleeding of fine capillaries into the tissue.

Conservative treatments include topical medicines and patches and if these treatments fail, your HCPC Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist may use a series of freezing methods (Liquid nitrogen), chemical therapies or electro-surgery to eradicate the problem.
Acupuncture Pain Relief

Podiatric acupuncture is a form of pain relief therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. In podiatry, we treat only the lower limb from the knee down to the feet.

Podiatry acupuncture can be used to treat many foot and leg conditions including: arthritic joints, Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Mortons neuroma, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, ankle pain, knee pain, restless leg syndrome, muscular injuries and general foot pain.

Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used to carry out these treatments.
Ultrasound Pain Relief Therapy

Ultrasonic waves or sound waves of a high frequency that is not audible to the human ear are produced by means of mechanical vibration in the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury transmitting the energy into the tissues.

As the ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head into the skin they cause the vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. This increased vibration leads to the production of heat within the tissue.

Ultrasound can be used to treat many foot and leg conditions including: arthritic joints, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, ankle pain, knee pain, muscular injuries and general foot pain.
Cosmetic Nail Repair

Cosmetic nail repair is designed for patients suffering from various types of nail trauma, for example: partial nail loss can compromise the natural nail bed causing potential fungal or bacterial infection.

The nails’ appearance is restored with the use of an elastic gel which adjusts to the normal movements of the nail and feet. The synthetic resin once applied will protect the
damaged area during its recovery stage until the natural nail has grown back.
It is estimated that around 80% of the population suffer from excessive pronation. This condition is common in all types of people from children to the elderly and from top athletes to people with a sedentary lifestyle.

The feet become misaligned and combined with poor posture roll inwards to gain ground contact, the arches become flattened producing the condition known as excessive pronation.

Simple Basic Nail Cut (‘Simply Nails’)

Have you recently been discharged from the NHS Podiatry Services?

The NHS Podiatry service in Ayrshire & Arran is currently undergoing a service redesign. This means that the majority of patients are being currently discharged from receiving NHS Podiatry treatment. For these patients there are a number of options. One of these options is to access private Podiatry care.

Our HCPC Registered Podiatrists at the Footcare Centre offer a range of treatments and in response to discontinuing of the NHS nail care service, we have introduced our own Special offer nail cutting service.

Cortisone Injection Therapy for the treatment of various foot conditions including Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, Morton’s Neuroma, Painful Bunions and Ankle Pain.

Cortisone Injection Therapy £60.00 for one injection or £90.00 for two sites injected

(Pre-assessment Required) Cortisone Injection Therapy Available
for Various Foot Conditions

£60 incl. Pre Assessme nt & Post Review

Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

(Pre-assessment Required) Cortisone Injection Therapy Available
for Various Foot Conditions

£60 incl. Pre Assessme nt & Post Review

Painful Bunion Joints

(Pre-assessment Required) Cortisone Injection Therapy Available
for Various Foot Conditions

£60 incl. Pre Assessme nt & Post Review

Morton’s Neuroma Pain

(Pre-assessment Required) Cortisone Injection Therapy Available
for Various Foot Conditions

£60 incl. Pre Assessme nt & Post Review

Ankle Pain

(Pre-assessment Required) Cortisone Injection Therapy Available
for Various Foot Conditions

£60 incl. Pre Assessme nt & Post Review

Cortisone Injection Therapy

Cortisone injections can be used to treat inflammation of small areas of the body, such as inflammation of a specific joint. They can also treat inflammation that is widespread throughout the feet, such as Morton’s Neuroma and Plantar Fasciitis heel pain.

Our HCPC Registered Podiatrists at the Footcare Centre offer a range of treatments and in response to discontinuing of the NHS nail care service, we have introduced our own Special offer nail cutting service.


Our ‘Simply Nails’ toenail cutting service, starts at an incredible low price of £14.00


Free Foot Assessment


If you are worried about your feet or just want a check-up, the why not make a free foot assessment appointment with us:


1. One of our clinicians will take a full medical and social history.

2. We will assess your feet, looking at structure, function, skin and nail condition, and discuss any concerns that you have with your feet. If treatment is required a subsequent appointment would include either:

1. Our ‘Simply Nails’ Basic nail cut treatment carried out by one of our clinicians.

or

2. Full treatment carried by one of our Podiatrists. This will include cutting and filing of all nails, the removal of any corns and callus, and the application of an emollient foot cream.

3. One of our Podiatrists will then discuss with you the best management plan. This will include how frequently you should attend, appropriate footwear for you to wear, and preventing common foot problems associated with your foot problem.


If you have any further questions about your feet, please do not hesitate to make an appointment for a free foot assessment.


Free Diabetic Foot Assessment and Diabetic Footcare


Patients with Diabetes benefit greatly from regular foot care and advice, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (www.nice.org.uk) recommends annual foot checks for all diabetics.


If you are a diabetic and you make your free diabetic foot assessment appointment with us, this is what you can expect:


If you are a diabetic and you make your free diabetic foot assessment appointment with us, this is what you can expect:

1. One of our clinicians will take a full medical and social history.

2. We will assess your feet, looking at structure, function, skin and nail condition and discuss any concerns that you have with your feet.

3. One of our clinicians will carry out a diabetic foot assessment. This will tell us what risk category you are (low, medium, high) and will tell us how often you need a diabetic foot assessment. If you are low risk, you will probably have a diabetic foot assessment once a year. If you are high risk, your assessment may be every three months or more (this is in accordance with national clinical guidelines). The findings from your diabetic foot assessment will be sent to your GP.


If treatment is required a subsequent appointment would include:


1. Full treatment carried by one of our Podiatrists. This will include cutting and filing of all nails, the removal of any corns and callus, and the application of an emollient foot cream.

2. One of our Podiatrists will then discuss with you the best management plan. This will include how frequently you should attend, appropriate footwear for you to wear, and preventing common foot problems associated with diabetes.

3. Please be reassured that if you do have diabetes, and any problems develop with your feet, we will always endeavour to assess and treat any complications as soon as we can, in order to prevent further problems and to give the best possible outcome.


If you have any further questions about diabetes and your feet, please do not hesitate to make an appointment for a free diabetic foot assessment.


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