What is an Ingrown Toenail?

How much do you know about ingrown toenails? An ingrown toenail is when a piece of the nail digs into the skin like a splinter, usually at the front corner of the nail. This can be painful and can cause swelling or even an infection. If you want to get a clearer understanding of what…

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Are You Prioritising Your Feet During The Pandemic?

Our feet carry us throughout our entire life, why wouldn’t you want to take care of them? We may be facing an ongoing pandemic but that’s no excuse for neglecting your feet. You should never ignore any part of your body; it deserves regular care and attention. Which is why I want to ask if…

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‘Yucky’ Toenails

nail before reconstruction

“Manky” or “Yucky”toe nail – You won’t find these terms in a text book, but its what people often refer to their nails as when they describe them to me when I ask them about what is bothering them that they want my help with. Often what they mean is their nail looks odd, the…

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Ingrown Toe Nails Explained

A graphic showing an ingrown toe nail

Ingrown toe nail – what is it? An ingrown toe nail can be really painful and happens when a splinter of nail penetrates the skin, usually at the front corner of the toe nail, this allows bacteria to get in causing an infection.  The toe gets inflamed, swells up, goes red, maybe hot and any…

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Thick Bendy Toenails

A podiatry patient with thick, bendy problem toenails.

When people ring me up and ask how much is it to “just” get their nails cut, I wonder if they think “just” how complicated they can be sometimes? One of the important things I need to bear in mind when I’m cutting thickened nails is, where are the blood vessels underneath them? Sometimes, especially…

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Potty Purple Pod’s Spin On Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Dianne Ashcroft, Podiatrist ready for Strictly Come Dancing

More than half way through the 2019 season of  Strictly Come Dancing  with the Blackpool episode behind us isn’t it incredible! The standards really do get better and better every year. I’m honestly blown away by how quickly everyone is improving and becoming dancers before our eyes! I’d love to know who your favourite is…

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Potty Purple Pod and the Fungus Fight!

A big toe with nail fungus

How many times do you think I’ve heard someone say “I think I’ve got toe nail fungus, its ugly and I hate it”? Would you be surprised if I told you it’s quite a lot? Nail fungus is far more common than you’d think!  Around 80% of the population suffering some form of fungal infection…

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Potty Purple Pod and the Perils of the Pedicures

A dehydrated toe nail

Cases from the clinic An interesting case of chalky white nail, came into clinic,  they looked like this : Do you notice the chalky white lines going across the nail and the white grainy, patchy appearance of the nail? I am seeing this condition more and more, this lady had recently had some nail gels…

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I love a Trichophyton Rubrum (Athletes foot) success story!

A foot with a fungal infection

What is Trychophyton Rubrum? (Athletes foot) It is fancy latin name describing the fungal organism that causes fungal foot infection or athletes foot, or : Tinea Pedis (more latin) When you look at this picture what do you see? Dry, chalky white, flaky skin, yes? You might reasonably think it’s just dry skin and expect…

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