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Ailments

AILMENTS

Athlete's Foot
Athlete's Foot

The feet are the most popular area for infection by certain fungi called Dermatophytes, causing Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot). This ailment is another very common problem we encounter at our Clinic, and is experienced by up to 70% of the population at some time in their life. Adult males are most affected, but it’s rare in women. It can also affect children regardless of gender. 
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Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis as it is also known is a painful condition of the toe. When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin at the end of or side of the toe. Pain, redness, swelling and inflammation at the spot where the nail curls into the skin occur first.
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Discoloured Nails
Discoloured Nails

When an attack on a fingernail, toenail, or the skin under the nail, called the nail bed has occurred, it is a fungal nail infection. Fungi can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around your nail or through the opening between your nail and nail bed.
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Morton's Neuroma
Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition that affects mainly between the third and fourth toes. It is the thickening of the tissue around the nerve that runs in the gap between those two toes. The nerves can also become bunched together and this is called a neuroma.
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Sciatica
Sciatica

At least every other day people come in with grimaces …”I’m getting a pain shooting up my leg…sometimes it’s so sharp I can barely stand or walk!” A very common complaint experienced by clients, many unaware of the actual name for the problem they are experiencing or how to treat it. If this description fits you, it’s sciatica, a nerve related problem.
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Edema
Edema

The medical term for swelling is Edema. It occurs as a result of excessive fluids storing in the tissues of the body. The whole body can be affected but generally it would rear its head in areas like the hands, feet…the legs and ankles. The extra accumulation of fluid is what causes the swelling of the tissue.
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Heel Spurs
Heel Spurs

Spurs at the back of the heel are associated with inflammation of the Achilles tendon (Achilles tendonitis) and cause tenderness and pain in the area. However, they can be under the sole of the feet (plantar area), and can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia, localised tenderness and pain, which may worsen by stepping down on the heel.
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Metatarsalgia
Metatarsalgia

The balls of my feet burn and pain a lot, when I walk these days, and I can’t understand why!” “When I wear a certain height shoes, I feel a lot of discomfort to the front of my feet.” “I dunno what’s going on with me, but don’t care what kind of shoes I wear, I feeling like I walking on gravel!” All common cries that amount to the same thing… PAIN!
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Calluses
Calluses

Many people get calluses at some point in their lives. However, they don’t always know the difference. Some call or come into the Clinic with sad faces, complaining bitterly about their corn/s. If it’s a complaint over the phone, from questioning you can more accurately determine the true problem.
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Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis

When I get up on a morning, I fraid to put mih feet down… cause I get this sharp pain trying to step off, and it happens again if I sit for a while!” This is the most frequent description of the ailment, one most persons aren’t even aware has a name. Plantar Fasciitis, pronounced (plan-tur fas-e-i-tis) is one of the most common, painful foot ailments clients come into the Clinic with. This is seen more in persons who are on their feet… standing or walking for long periods.
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Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis (aka Tendinitis) is a condition where the Achilles tendon is inflamed or irritated. The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. Athletes are especially prone to chronic Achilles Tendonitis. It is often a running injury or other sport-related injury resulting from overuse, intense exercise, jumping, or other activities that strain the tendon and calf muscles.
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Smelly Feet
Sweaty / Smelly Feet

Hyperhidrosis or Plantar Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) and Bromohidrosis (smelly feet) are annoying and sometimes embarrassing conditions, that tend to occur quite often. Hyperhidrosis is not a temporary condition. Most of the people who are affected by these ailments have suffered for many years, usually since childhood. After a long day of wearing whole shoes, even in the air-conditioned office, you feel that moisture in the footwear. As for field workers, the blazing sun is a killer to the feet…the smell is horrible! Usually persons who suffer from sweaty feet have sweaty hands and armpits as well.
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Corns
Corns

A corn is a very common ailment that usually forms on the tops, sides, tips, and even between the toes. It is a small, rough mound of firm, dead skin that forms. It can become inflamed, red and painful, when it presses on sensitive nerves in the surrounding skin, and is usually due to constant friction and pressure from ill-fitting footwear or high heels.
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Bunions
Bunions

The medical term for Bunions is Hallux Rigidus. An enlargement of the joint behind the big toe, bunions represent one of the most common deformities of the forefoot. calcium build up and inflammation around the joint. A displacement of the bone under the first toe occurs. This causes the big toe to move towards the smaller toes. This shifting of the bones causes a bony prominence on the side of the patient’s foot (the bunion joint). Over a period of time the big toe may come to rest under (occasionally over) the second toe.
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Plantar Warts
Plantar Warts / Verrucae

The English call it a Verruca; the Americans call it a Plantar Wart, while in Trinidad & Tobago it’s known as a ‘Fish Eye.’ Called by either name, in any climate, it is a common complaint, worse though in tropical climes. A verruca/plantar wart is a small skin lesion which is commonly found on the soles of your feet especially at pressure points such as the heels, or on the balls of feet. Plantar warts got their name from the plantar surface, which is the sole of the foot. Sometimes plantar warts appear in clusters, but other times it’s only one.
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Flat Feet
Flat Feet / Fallen Arches

Flat feet are also known as pes planus, or fallen arches. It is characterised by a flattening of the medial longitudinal arch (inside foot arch), which causes the foot to roll in excessively, in order to maintain stability. This excessive internal rotation occurs at a joint in the ankle and is known as over pronation.
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