Foot Care Treatments
Trim nails approximately every 4 weeks. It will take nails to grow about 1mm per month so it would take 6-12 months for them to grow back. All my tools are sterilized in solution then autoclaved.
Ingrown Nail Correction
The main causes of an ingrown toenail are improper trimming of the toenail, an inherited or hereditary condition, and improper shoe fitting. Injury and nail picking are also common causes. An ingrown toenail is caused by the pressure from the ingrowth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. 3T0 Nail bracing is used for ingrown nail problems. Nail bracing is a gentle alternative for regulating ingrown and misshapen nails. It helps deformed nails to grow naturally, in a better form and position. Surgery can be avoided and discomfort alleviated quickly and painlessly, long term, with this medical method. Similarly to braces on teeth, 3TO nail brace regulates change in shape and the natural growth of the nail.
Tinea Pedis (athletes feet)
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It occurs most commonly in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes. It can cause a scaly rash that may itch, sting or burn.
At Foot Care Matters we treat mild to moderate toe web infections by keeping your feet clean and dry and using nonprescription antifungal creams or lotions and laser light therapy.
TIPS: Apple Cider Vinegar, however, is also great for killing fungal infection. To make an apple cider vinegar soak, you should soak your feet at least once daily in a half and half mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. To make this soak more effective, once you have soaked your feet, dry your feet completely and apply pure, unprocessed olive oil to the infected area to help heal cracking and blisters.
Hallux Valgus (bunion)
When your big toe is angled towards the second toe, the deformity is called a bunion (hallux valgus). This causes a bump on the side at the base of the big toe. In addition, there is often thickening of the skin and tissues next to the affected joint. The thickened skin and tissues may become inflamed, swollen and painful.
You might find that shoes with laces or straps are best, as they can be adjusted to the width of your foot. Padding over the bunion may help, as may ice packs.
I use devices which help straighten out the toe but will not correct the deformity.
Plantar Wart Treatment
Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths on the soles of your feet caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other vulnerable sites on the skin of your feet.
Plantar warts often develop beneath pressure points in your feet, such as the heels or balls of your feet.
At Foot Care Matters, Laser and cryotherapy are used to treat the area. This procedure offers more benefits than similar products, making treatments simple, safe, and cost-effective.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. At Foot Care Matters, I use taping functions to reduce the stress and tension within the plantar fascia. Many athletes tape their ankles or their feet to prevent injuries (or after an injury develops). Laser Light therapy has been used to effectively to treat the inflammation of the plantar fascia.
Diabetic Peripheral Neurapathy
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is damage primarily to the nerves in your legs and feet. If you have nerve pain or peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes there is some evidence that exercise may either improve or worsen nerve damage.
DPN is a common problem for people with diabetes and if left untreated, could lead to pain and foot ulcers.
I provide an accurate screening test to measure the nerve loss for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy.
FREMS (Frequency Rhythmic Electrical Modulation System) delivers computer-controlled varied frequencies of electricity through electrodes placed on your skin to stimulate your nerves and blood vessels. Quality research studies have shown that not only are the nerves stimulated to work better (making you feel better), but the small blood vessels so often affected in diabetes, improve their circulation (making you safer and healthier!). It is proven to improve nerve function.
Corn & Callous Care
Corns and calluses are annoying and sometimes painful thickenings that form in the skin in areas of excessive pressure. Corns can be painful to walk on, even when they are small. Common locations for corns are on the sole, over the metatarsal arch (the "ball" of the foot) the fourth and fifth toes. Unlike other corns that are firm and flesh-colored, corns between the toes are soft corns which tend to be whitish in color, and have a rubbery texture - they more commonly occur between the toes (areas of moist and sweaty skin).; on the outside of the fifth (small or "pinky") toe, where it rubs against the shoe; between
Calluses are yellowish or pale in color; they feel lumpy to the touch. Calluses commonly appear where the skin frequently rubs against something, such as a bone, some item of footwear, or the ground. They typically form over the bony area just under the toes - areas of skin which take the person's weight when they are walking.
Onychomycosis (fungal nail)
Nail fungus is a fungal infection in one or more of your nails. An infection with nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges — an unsightly and potentially painful problem. There are a variety of drugs available but many can cause health complications for those with certain health conditions. At Foot Care Matters, I offer an alternative method to treat fungal nail such as the Genesis light therapy treatment. It uses the light ray’s healing wavelengths (minus ultraviolet wavelength) to penetrate deep into the tissue to release healing energy at the cellular level and fighting the fungus infection.
Reflexology/ Relaxation Massage
Performed by a Certified Aesthetician, and extensive training in Reflexology.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hand, and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress.
The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person's health.
Massage: Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle, flowing style that promotes general relaxation, relieves muscular tension, plus improves circulation and range of movement. Our therapist will aim to relax, revive and rejuvenate you at a massage depth that does not cause discomfort.