O'Driscoll's Podiatry provides clients all over Cork with dedicated chiropody treatments. Problems with the foot can be uncomfortable and even painful. We treat all kinds of common foot ailments. Our range of medical and cosmetic treatments are offered to patients within the confidential and ambient atmosphere of our welcoming Bandon and Cork City based clinics.
Corns are an area of skin on the foot that has become hard due to constant pressure. The hard centre of a corn digs into skin layers and can become painful.
This type of corn typically forms on places where metatarsal heads collide with the ground.
Soft corns typically form in between the toes and are extremely common between the fourth and fifth toes. These corns are susceptible to infection when the skin between the toes opens or becomes macerated.
These corns are small and form on areas of high friction. As such, they normally form on the sole of a patient's foot.
Calluses are much larger than corns and their edges are less defined. They have a tendency to form on the bony areas on the underside of the foot.
Usually, a callus isn't painful but if left untreated they can become uncomfortable and can be unsightly.
Verrucas are a type of wart that usually develops on the sole of the foot. They are caused due to an infection by the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Although they aren’t considered particularly infections they can be spread through skin to skin contact and can be indirectly spread through contact with a contaminated surface. A person is more likely to be infected if their skin is wet or broken; which makes places like swimming pools particularly ripe environments for the spreading of verrucas.
The treatments we offer for verruca’s include:
Cryotherapy (freezing the skin cells)
The medical term for a bunion is hallux valgus. A bunion is a bony deformity that usually forms at the base of the big toe.
Other Symptoms can include:
A bony, swollen bump on the outside of the foot
Pain and swelling over the big toe joint that is exacerbated by the pressure of a shoe.
Callused, hard and red skin located at the overlap between the big toe and second toe.
Sore, sensitive skin over the bunion
A change in the overall shape of the foot.
Bunions should be checked by your GP who can recommend treatments.
Athlete's Foot is an extremely common fungal infection that normally affects the foot. The symptoms include an itchy, irritable rash in the spaces between the toes. The infected areas may be flaky, dry or scaly.
Athlete's Foot is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. This fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist environments.
Although infectious, Athlete's Foot can usually be easily treated with over the counter medications available at most pharmacies.
A fungal infection can partially or completely affect a nail. The infection can affect the nail plate, the underside of the nail or/and the root of the nail. The symptoms of a nail infection include a thickened nail, discolouring and nail distortion.
Infected nails can become dry and can begin to crumble.
Fungal nails can be treated with over the counter remedies but sometimes it may be a necessacary to visit a doctor or a dedicated Podiatrist.
An ingrown toe nail develops when a splinter breaks and through the skin of the nail. This can cause the patient to feel pain, pressure and cause the area to swell.
Ingrown toe nails mostly affect the big toe but smaller toes are in no way immune. All toes are susceptible to splinters causing ingrown toe nails. In cases where a bacterial infection develops, it is necessary to visit a G.P or a dedicated chiropodist.