Sometimes very simple solutions will make a big difference.
You’d be amazed at how easy it is to improve your overall well being by visiting us and getting some advice about the right way to look after your feet. It might be that simple changes to your footwear make all the difference or that regular maintenance helps stop your heels cracking and other problems.
Sometimes, but not always, you may need an orthotic device.
Should you need a device, we will ensure you get the very best, personalised care. Our devices are tailor made for you on site at our clinic, by David. The casts of your feet are not sent off to be manufactured in a factory. They are individually made by him, with the greatest care so that they have the best possible chance of being right for you.
Don’t underestimate the difference this makes.
Having made othotic devices for well over 20 years, David’s methods have been honed by the direct feedback of his patients. You don’t get that kind of direct communication with a factory! So you can be confident of the skill and attention to detail that goes into addressing your specific needs.
Some corrections can be built directly into a specific pair of shoes, though usually we create a removable device as this means the same device can be used is many different pairs of shoes. We may be able to modify your footwear, though this will be determined by the space available within the shoe itself.
Are you experiencing pain or have you been told that you have a condition that needs to be managed?
Heel Pain must surely be the single-most discussed condition within the Podiatry profession! There are so many different treatments possible, but the key to solving your heel pain is to get the diagnosis right.
This is why Lockleys Podiatry Clinic doesn’t follow a set formula for treating heel pain. Each problem is approached on a case by case basis.
Achilles Pain is most common in the long distance runner, but it is also quite common in the 50-60 year old group.
Get onto it quickly with a foot assessment to see if you have mechanical issues within the foot and leg. It may be that we can alleviate your pain quickly and easily.
Lower leg and Knee pain are not always easy to treat, so beware.
It could take any or all the medical professions to sort this out. That said, the foot is the most influential structure to a healthy leg and knee so a visit to your podiatrist is the best place to start. We can advise you on the likelihood of the foot being the cause of your pain.
If the problem lies with your feet, we can treat it straight away. If the problem doesn’t lie with the foot, you’ve eliminated the most likely culprit and can then investigate other possibilities.
Arch Pain may reflect the fact that the support structures above and within your foot have taken a beating, perhaps with flattening feet.
You can try over-the-counter (OTC) support systems if you wish, but if you find your pain persisting or wish to simply treat it with precision right from the word go, then see an experienced podiatrist immediately.
Joint pain (or arthritis) can be very unpleasant. Joints of any age can suffer from inflammation and tenderness.
Most are reversible with the right advice and treatment.
Diabetes is unfortunately on the rise and can lead to many foot complications – the worst case scenario being amputation!
Fortunately knowledge of the condition is also at an all time high so now more than ever we are able to work with the patient to manage the condition with fewer complications. A Podiatrist should be part of every diabetic’s medical team.
Have you noticed something is “not quite right” with your child’s posture or walking style?
Or is your child complaining about pain in the feet or legs?
Childrens bones can sometimes hurt when the forces of sport are applied during a time of rapid growth.
We understand how to manage this and can take measures to ease the pain.
Walking awkwardly is best assessed at the earliest possible moment.
Toe walking and very flat feet in the young are quite common. Don’t wait until these conditions damage the foot.
The earlier the problem is treated, the quicker and more simply – not to mention less expensively – the problem will be rectified.
Night pain in the calf can be expected from time to time in the young, but don’t let the problem go on for more than a few weeks.
There are many tools at the disposal of a Podiatrist who can review the problem. A remedy could be as simple as a heel wedge.
Do you suffer from problems such as warts, corns, callus, bunions or strange toenails?
Warts are more common in the young, but can turn up on the feet of people of any age.
They are always a particular problem to treat when the wart is located on the bottom of the foot, so you should always let a professional treat these. If you have warts elsewhere, visit your doctor or pharmacy for a proven remedy.
Corns and Callus are an unfortunate side effect of force and pressure applied to the skin.
Corns usually require professional help by way of expert dissection which is generally painless and gives a lot of relief.
While many people are capable of treating Callus themselves, they don’t necessarily want to, so it often builds up more that it should, leading to discomfort or splitting.
Bunions are an unsightly and often painful annoyance.
Bunions aren’t caused by shoes, but can be exacerbated by shoes. The simple fact is that some people have a predisposition to bunions – in fact there are people in remote communities who have never worn shoes in their life yet who still have bunions! People with a predisposition to bunions need to manage the problem, care for their feet properly and avoid footware that may inflame the joints. Your Podiatrist can provide a lot of guidance about ongoing management and what foot aids will be right for you.
Be prepared to bring along your favourite shoes for a bit of advice. The type of shoes you wear will greatly affect the type of foot aid that can be used and it might be that you’re better off changing the shoes you wear. That’s up to you – but our view is that it is better to change your shoes than to let your bunions get so bad you can’t wear any shoes at all!
Toe Nails of all shapes and sizes turn up in our practice every day. Even different colours! We see nails that look great. Nails that look awful. Nails that cut through the fleshy edge between the nail and toe. Nails that look they belong on my uncle’s pet cockatoo…
So don’t be embarrassed about the state of your toes. We’ve seen worse.
One common problem occurs when you wear shoes with a tendency to buff your nails smooth. The nail bed bruises and the nail plate starts to thicken. Eventually, it might even fall off! Your podiatrist has the right tools to correct this thickening or prevent it getting bad in the first place. We recommend finding a podiatrist who can thin the nail using a coarse grade drill bit followed by buffing by a diamond embedded drill bit. This will give you a visibly better result and and one treatment will usually last up to four months.