Sole Care Podiatry has been providing quality foot care to the people of Scarborough for over 14 years. At Sole Care we strive to ensure treatments are provided in a highly professional manner, using the latest techniques and equipment, whilst in a welcoming and friendly environment.
General Foot Care
General podiatry covers a wide variety of problems and usually related to conditions of the skin and/or nails.
Some of the most common issues that people come to the clinic with are: painful corns, hard/cracked skin, thickened or ingrowing toenails and fungal infections (skin and nails).
Following the initial assessment, treatments usually take up to half an hour, though extended appointments are available for those that require longer.
Diabetic Foot Care / Checks
Diabetes can lead to severe complications in the feet and it is one of the leading causes of foot amputation throughout the world. More shockingly, a large percentage of these could be prevented with timely care and monitoring.
In addition to general foot care/nail care, we also provide diabetic foot checks to all of our regular customers with diabetes free of charge. This involves a check of risk factors and checking of sensation and circulation. We are then able to categorise the risk and make any recommendations/referrals as appropriate.
We can also provide this as a chargeable adhoc service for those that don’t require any general treatment. If you have any concerns or problems don’t delay and get it checked by an appropriate health professional, it could literally save your foot!
Verrucae or plantar warts are a very common complaint. They are caused by the HPV virus and are usually self-limiting i.e will resolve of their own accord without any treatment. This is particularly the case for children and we do not usually recommend treatment other than occlusion (covering with tape) in children under age 10. In adults, they can be harder to treat and can often become large, painful or unsightly.
Unfortunately, there is no one treatment that is 100% successful and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another.
We offer 2 different treatments for verrucae; Cryotherapy (the freezing of the lesion) or Swift Microwave Therapy.
What is Swift Microwave Therapy?
This is exciting new technology developed in the UK, that has been licensed for use on skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. It uses microwave energy through a small probe and is showing to be very effective for longstanding or stubborn verrucae. It is a very safe treatment and there are very few contraindications. If you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Musculoskeletal Foot Pain
This covers a wide range of conditions and refers to soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligaments) or bone conditions.
These can be caused by overuse, sporting injuries or trauma. Some of the more common conditions we see in clinic are Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Problems, Morton’s Neuroma, Arch Problems, Bunions (Hallux Valgus).
On occasion a referral to a specialist practitioner or other profession may be required. (If your problem is complex please feel free to call to discuss as a referral to a specialist MSK podiatrist may be more appropriate in this instance)
Nail surgery (or nail avulsion) is a highly effective, minor surgical procedure used for the treatment of chronic or recurrent ingrowing toenails or thickened, misshapen or problematic nails. The procedure involves the use of a local anaesthetic and the permanent removal of part or the whole of the nail.
We know that chronic ingrowing toenails can be incredibly painful, and following the initial consultation, at which we assess your suitability and discuss the procedure in more detail, we can usually offer you a surgery appointment within 1-3 weeks at a time/date to suit you. We also include all follow up dressing appointments within our fee and again, can offer these at time/dates to suit you and your work schedule.
Lacuna for Fungal Nail
Fungal nail (onychomycosis) is an infection of the nail bed, typically resulting in discoloured nails which can become thickened, crumbly or brittle. This often causes embarrassment and the changes to the integrity of the nail can also be a source for secondary bacterial infections. Unfortunately topical nail treatments only tend to be effective on mild infections and are often ineffective as they cannot penetrate the nail plate to treat the active infection on the nail bed.
The Lacuna Method is an effective and safe treatment which uses specially designed micro burrs to drill tiny holes in the nail. This allows you to apply an anti-fungal preparation, such as Lamisil spray, directly onto the nail bed. Continued application of the anti-fungal allows the nail to grow out healthy and fungal free.