Fixing Feet, FAST…
Leatherhead Podiatry is a small, specialised foot clinic run by myself, Lesley Pennington. Based at the top of Leatherhead High Street, I am easily accessible within just a few minutes walk of the Swan Centre Car Park. I have been a qualified podiatrist for over 30 years and am highly experienced. If you’d like to read a little more about my background, visit my About Me page.
It has been estimated that approximately 40 million people in the UK suffer with foot problems. I have treated some very mild conditions to some very serious problems.
Podiatrists are highly trained professionals registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and we have trained solely in the area of the foot and lower limb. We are devoted to the study and medical treatment of disorders of the feet, ankles and lower extremities.
It is not always the case that people visit once they have a problem. Having a regular check up can keep your feet in the best possible condition and prevent problems before they occur.
We are able to advise on a huge number of issues including the following:
Acupuncture | Ageing Feet | Athlete’s Foot | Biomechanics | Blisters | Bunions | Calluses | Chillblains | Corns | Diabetes related foot issues | Footwear | Fungal Infections | Gout | Heel Pain | Insoles (orthotics) | Ingrown Toenails | Laser Therapy | Osteoarthritis | Podopaediatrics (children’s feet) | Rheumatoid arthritis | Sports Medicine | Surgery | Sweaty Feet | Toe Deformities | Toenail Cutting | Verrucae | Walking and Hiking | Working Feet
Just some of the areas I treat…
When walking, your heels hit the ground with considerable force. They have to be able to absorb the impact and provide a firm support for the weight of the body. When pain develops in the heel it can be very disabling, making every step a problem and affecting your posture. There are various types of heel pain. Some of the most common are heel spurs (plantar fasciitis), heel bursitis and heel bumps.
A verruca is a wart on the sole of the foot that is the result of an infection with the papilloma virus. It is the same as a wart on any other part of the body, but tends to be flatter and can become painful as the weight of the body bears down on it. Do remember that they are contagious so keep them covered with a waterproof plaster when you swim; wear flip-flops in communal shower rooms and don’t share shoes or socks. There are a range of treatment options, please contact me for more information or to discuss a treatment plan.
A corn is a localised thickening of the skin due to pressure. Corns often occur on the top of the toes where there is pressure from shoes. However, they also occur at the sole of the foot and in-between toes. Certain corns can develop nerve tissue growing into them over time, these corns are particularly painful. Often corns develop a core which is sometimes referred to as a nucleus.
Athletes foot is a fungal infection. It can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling off areas of skin, redness and scaling. It can occur on moist, waterlogged skin, especially between the fourth and fifth toes or on dry flaky skin around the heels or elsewhere on the foot.
Cracked heels can have many causes, including obesity, diabetes, eczema, or hypothyroidism or by some biomechanical factors such as flat feet or heel spurs.
The first sign of cracked heels is having areas of dry, thickened skin around the rim of the heel. When weight and pressure are applied, the skin expands sideways causing the cracking.