Foot care, what is it?
The podiatrist offers a complete foot care of the skin and nails of the feet in order to remove the build-up of callus (dead skin), corns, soft corns, heel cracks, ingrown toenails and thick nails.
Just as we go to the dentist to remove the build-up of tartar on the teeth, we can go to the podiatrist for the following:
- Professional “cleaning” of excess dead skin
- In depth excision of plantar corns
- Cutting and thinning of nails
- Relief of ingrown nails
Foot care, who is it for?
- Calluses, corns, thick dead skin
- Corns, soft corns
- Thickened nails, difficult to cut
- Ingrown nails
- Nail fungus (Onychomycosis)
- Cracks under the feet, and on the heels
- General maintenance of the skin and nails
- Prevention of complications and foot sores in diabetics
What are the earnings of foot care?
- Professional medical care to maintain the health of your feet
- Use of sterilized instruments
- Use of a blade by a professional for a more precise debridement which allows to completely remove the core of the corns
- Get advice on hygiene and foot health
Hydrotherapy session :
Foot bath with air jets in a medical grade stainless steel tank.
A Brief examination of the feet :
Inspection of the skin, nails and general health of the patient's feet. As appropriate, additional medications or evaluations may be recommended.
Treatment of the skin and nails :
Cutting and thinning of nails, removal of corners of sensitive nails, excision and sanding of calluses and dead skin, resection of corns, etc.
Uniform sanding of the skin, application of dressings for comfort and of moisturizing cream.
Usually, all treatments begin with a hydrotherapy session in a medical grade stainless steel tank. The podiatrist then proceeds to do an examination of the skin, nails and the overall health of the patient’s feet.
Depending on the case, medications, treatments or additional evaluations are prescribed or recommended.
Then, a nurse specialized in foot care , cuts the nails and thins them, cleans the sensitive grooves of nails and does the debridement of calluses and corns. Some dressings can be applied for comfort and moisturizer is used to finalize the treatment.
Removing calluses under the feet stimulates the skin to create more!
Receiving a foot care every 1 to 3 months does not stimulate the production of calluses. This popular belief rather refers to people who use a foot scraper on the calluses and a pumice stone regularly, or even every day. This excessive friction of the stone can actually stimulate the skin to thicken.
In addition, a thick accumulation of calluses stimulates the production of calluses. In fact, it increases the pressure locally on the skin by 20 to 30%. This is why it is better to remove the calluses when they get too thick!