Podiatrists are Specialists in Foot Care
Foot problems can be painful and emotionally upsetting.
We want you to enjoy your life to the full and not be frustrated or worried about your foot problem.
We are here to help and find a solution. Find out how we can help you below...
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Verrucae can be painful and unsightly, and we know how difficult they can be to treat.
Have you tried everything the chemist has to offer, plus some old wives’ tales, with no success? Is your verruca causing you pain when you walk? Is it stopping you showing off your feet?
Verrucae can go away on their own, but it can sometimes take many years for the body to recognise the virus. In the meantime, they can spread, and continue to cause pain and embarrassment.
At One Step Ahead we offer Swift Microwave verruca treatment, a quick and effective treatment that doesn’t require dressings or any changes to your lifestyle. Read more about state-of-the-art Swift treatment.
This treatment isn’t suitable for everyone, so as an alternative we offer Faulkner’s Needling, which involves treatment under a local anaesthetic.
I visited One Step Ahead Podiatry after reading about the Swift treatment. I have suffered with painful verruca on my big toe for a few years and they had deteriorated greatly causing me a lot of pain. I had tried over the counter products and even tried cryotherapy. Nothing worked. Sarah Explained the Swift treatment and I agreed to give it a go. After the 3 scheduled treatments we left it 10 weeks and I cannot believe the results. My verrucas have completely gone!
Ingrowing toe nails can be extremely painful and unsightly and can lead to infection.
Have you been suffering from an ingrowing toe nail for some time? Have you taken numerous courses of antibiotics without any long-term solution? Are you unable to wear your favourite shoes?
Ingrowing toe nails will not resolve on their own. Antibiotics can help to resolve the infection for a time but not the cause which is most likely a spike of nail.
At One Step Ahead Podiatry we can offer conservative treatment to offer instant relief or nail surgery to remove a section of nail under local anaesthetic for a more permanent solution.
I’ve been seeing Sarah over the last 12 months for an ingrowing toe nail problem. Her care and attention and her professionalism has been exemplary. Her after care was thorough and always attentive. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Sarah for all your podiatry needs.
Hard skin can build up quickly and become painful especially if it cracks around your heels.
Corns can appear where there is increased high pressure, usually from wearing shoes that are too tight or caused by movement.
Painful corns and callus can cause you to limp and limit the time you would normally like to walk around the shops for.
If the callus and corns are left untreated, the hard skin will continue to build up and become more and more painful. Ouch! It can really impact your everyday activities.
Corns or callus can be treated with scalpel removal which is painless and gives instant pain relief. We will then look at what is causing the corns and callus and give education and advice.
Fantastic service from One Step Ahead Podiatry. Sarah always provides a very caring and professional approach and is always there to listen to any problems that may be of concern to her patients. I would have no hesitation to recommend her.
Heel pain can be debilitating and impact your everyday activities. The pain can make you feel miserable and exasperated.
Do you have pain in your heel when you walk? Are you unable to put your heel down when you get out of bed in the morning or after a period of rest?
Heel pain can get worse and if you are altering your walking pattern to avoid the heel pain then this can impact on your knees, hips and lower back.
Once we have diagnosed your heel pain we can get to work on developing a treatment plan tailored to you. This may involve padding and strapping, footwear advice, stretches or insoles.
Really great, friendly experience and service. Sarah sorted an issue with my foot that I had for several years in three appointments. Would highly recommend.
Fungal nails do not tend to be painful but if the nails are rough and thick, they can catch on your socks and feel uncomfortable in some footwear. They may make you feel miserable and very self-conscious.
Do you have yellow nails? Are you embarrassed about going swimming or to your Pilates class? Are you unsure if you have a fungal infection?
Having a fungal nail infection can lead to athlete’s foot and even fungal infection in the groin area.
Firstly, we'll establish if you have a fungal nail infection. This can be done with a two-minute fungal test.
Then we can treat the nail to make it more presentable and comfortable. We'll follow this with advice on the best treatment. This may include an over the counter product or writing to your GP to discuss oral medication.
I have been delighted with the progress of my fungal nails. After years of having yellow sections of nails Sarah was able to treat these at my 6 weekly routine appointments, drilling and applying a gel. It took some time but it was worth it.
Thick toe nails can be painful and can be uncomfortable while walking and during your sporting activities.
Are you or a family member struggling to cut your own toe nails? Have you cut your toe or got into awkward positions while trying to cut your own toe nails? Are you diabetic and scared to cut your own nails?
There are lots of reasons why people cannot cut their own nails and this is nothing to be ashamed of, we see and hear of it all the time.
If your nails are not cut, they can start to curl round and dig into your other toes or break off and be very sore.
Whatever the reason you need professional help with cutting your nails, we can provide focused care for you and make you feel wonderful afterwards.
FAQs for One Step Ahead Podiatry Services
Can a Podiatrist help with a verruca?
Here at One Step Ahead Podiatry, we have an up to date technology developed in the UK called Swift. This machine uses microwaves to create heat in the infected skin to help trigger an immune response to fight the virus that causes a verruca.
How much does it cost for a Podiatry appointment?
Everyone who has not been to see us before needs a New Patient Assessment appointment. This can include a treatment where appropriate. The cost is £45. Further treatments may be more or less than this depending on what is required.
What assessment tools do Podiatrists use?
Our eyes, ears and hands! We will look at the problem, listen to your history and concerns and carry out a hands-on assessment where needed.
In our clinic we also use a dermatoscope to examine skin lesions in detail and a doppler to listen to the circulation in the feet.
Can a Podiatrist help with an ingrowing toenail?
Ingrowing toenails are something we see very regularly. It can be quite straightforward to resolve an ingrown nail, sometimes with a minor surgical procedure done under local anaesthetic. Ingrown nails can be very painful and can stop you enjoying everyday life.
Can a Podiatrist help with fungal nails?
Fungal nails can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. As Podiatrists, we can help to make sure you have a correct diagnosis (other conditions can look similar to fungal nails) and make them look and feel more comfortable. We can advise on medications best suited to treating your problem.
Can a Podiatrist help with Heel Pain?
Podiatrists are skilled in treating heel pain. There are many different causes of heel pain, so an accurate diagnosis is key. Once a diagnosis is reached, your Podiatrist will then provide patient-specific treatment and advice based on your medical and Podiatric history as well as your diagnosis.
Can a Podiatrist help with hard skin or callus?
Podiatrists are highly skilled to deal with hard skin and calluses. A Podiatrist can reduce the callus with a scalpel and file it smooth. We can also give advice on how you can self-manage calluses and recommend an appropriate foot cream for your skin.
A Podiatrist can also look at why you are developing the callus and help prevent it redeveloping by advising on footwear, providing padding and insoles to relieve pressure on the feet.