These are classic examples of how a relatively small issue can pose a significant
nuisance, from both the cosmetic perspective but more importantly, by causing
persistent pain and thereby impacting on function.

Corns: These are small circles of hardened skin. They commonly occur over the
toes and soles of the feet. Usually associated with poorly fitting footwear or
deformed toes/joints. However, corns can appear anywhere.

Callus: These are hard, rough areas of skin that are often yellow in colour. They
are usually seen on the foot around the heels, balls of feet or tips of your toes.
Any form of friction or pressure against the foot e.g. from the ground, shoe or
even bone can result in the formation of callus. It is deemed to be protective
tissue, however, if not kept to a reasonable thickness can become painful.

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General chiropody is a core skill of any podiatrist. However, appropriate care and attention to the nails and skin can significantly improve both the cosmetic appearance of the feet, as well as resolve foot pain associated with problems such as callus.

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Biomechanics (Orthotics)

Appropriate biomechanical assessment and management can literally be life-changing; often, resolving chronic pain and improving functional ability, thereby improving quality of life. Even knee, hip or back pain can be due to a biomechanical problem in the lower limbs.

Rarely do we find that our left and right sides are symmetrical. When we stand, walk or run our body has to cope with and compensate for these anomalies. It is these compensations
that put structures such as muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons under undue strain as they begin functioning in an abnormal or compromised manner. Over time these structures
become inflamed or injured.

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