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Information About Foot Health

On this page, you’ll find a number of important tips about caring for your feet. Make sure to follow this advice in order to keep your feet in excellent condition.

Foot Care Tips

It is important to wear shoes that fit your feet correctly. This includes wearing a shoe that has a heel which ranges from a quarter of an inch to an inch. A quarter any thing below or above that range alters your center of gravity and therefore affects the way you walk.

Adequate space in the toe box area is also an important feature to prevent toes from being rubbed and corns, calluses and ingrown toe nails from forming.

You have a corn - An area of thickened skin due to a bony prominence or an area of pressure on the foot.

Corn and Callus Treatments

Many people believe that having a corn or callus treatment is painful or unpleasant and do not seek treatment as a result. Please be reassured that corn and callus treatments are carefully administered, professional procedures that cause minimal discomfort. The same is true of ingrown toenail surgery. Many patients avoid this treatment for a long time due to nervousness. They are often shocked to discover how painless the procedure truly is.

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When to See a Chiropodist

There are a number of reasons why you might need to speak with a chiropodist. These include, but are not limited to:

  • You Have a Corn – An Area of Thickened Skin on a Prominent Bone or Pressured Part of the Foot
  • You Notice Your Nails Have Changed in Texture and Colour or Have Thickened (This May Be the Result of a Fungal Infection)
  • You Have Peeling, Itchy Patches or Blisters on Your Feet (This May Be Athlete’s Foot)
  • You Have Dry or Cracked Skin around the Heel that May Be Painful
  • You Experience Tingling or Numbness Anywhere on the Foot or Toes
  • You Experience Pain in or on the Foot
  • You Have Recently Been Diagnosed with Diabetes

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How often should I re-apply daniPro? You should re-apply daniPro nail polish at least every 7 days to maintain beautiful nails.

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Welcome to Swift at Charmian Stevens Podiatry

Swift verruca treatment is an innovative new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of verrucas and warts in Podiatry.

Swift uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin through a disposable head to treat the affected tissue with a thermal reaction.

How does it work?

The usual way verrucas and warts are tackled by the body is as a result of keratinocytes in the skin activating dendritic cells so that T cells clear the infection.

In stubborn verrucas and warts this healing process is interrupted so that the immune system is not alerted to their presence.

Swift microwave facilitates signalling between the skin and the immune system by stimulating the keratinocytes to activate dendritic cells.

Also, it is thought the thermal reaction causes heat stress protein production stimulating a strong immune response.

The combined response provokes and promotes an immune response that leads to the shrinking and eventual disappearance of the verruca or wart.

What to expect

The disposable head attached to the Swift machine has a life of 15 minutes and so multiple sites can be treated during the same visit.

Most treatments are 4 or 5 seconds in length. Some, following discussion with your Podiatrist, could be up to 10 seconds.

Discomfort, or even pain, will be experienced during the fourth and fifth second ending as soon as the application finishes. Sensation will vary between individuals and there is rarely any lasting discomfort.

The Swift head is 7mm wide and larger verrucas will be treated in a series of overlapping applications.

The skin remains unbroken, there is no bleeding, therefore no dressings are required and it is not necessary to keep the area dry. There is no requirement to modify physical activity following Swift treatment.

There should be no scarring or other long term marking of the skin.

In the days following treatment the verrucas will change colour, go dark and may look like a bruise.

Large verrucas may not disappear straightaway but will reduce in thickness before resolving. Some verrucas simply peel off the foot.

Most resolve after three treatments although some may require more.

It can take up to three months after the last Swift treatment for the verrucas or warts to vanish as the immune response gathers pace.

How often?

Treatments are normally spaced from three to six weeks.

This is to allow the immune system to work and the skin to regenerate.

It has been found that treatments closer together bring no benefit to the effectiveness of Swift..

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Precautions

If any of the following apply to you, speak to your Podiatrist before treatment –

  • Metal pins, plates or replacement joints in the foot or ankle
  • Pacemaker
  • Neuropathy or poor peripheral circulation
  • Poor or limited healing capacity
  • Immune suppression
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding. It is known that verrucas and warts can increase in size during this period
  • Low pain threshold
  • Young children