Looking after all your foot care needs.
Sure Footcare has been providing a home foot care service to clients in Banbury and the surrounding villages since February 2019. As sole proprietor, I am dedicated to delivering high quality care to my clients and tailoring treatments to their specific needs.
Born and brought up in Banbury, I qualified as a registered nurse in 1984 and have worked as a District Nurse since 2003, where much of my work has involved assessing and treating lower leg and foot problems. I have also studied wound management extensively throughout my career.
The wealth of knowledge I have gained during my years as a nurse has helped enormously in assessing and treating my clients' feet and providing foot health advice.
S.A.C. Dip. (Foot Health Practice - Advanced)
S.A.C Dip. (Foot Health Practitioner Advanced Theory)
Member of the Register for Foot Health Practitioners.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Post Graduate Diploma in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair.
CORNS AND CALLUSES.
CALLUSES form where there is persistent friction and pressure over an area on the foot; for example, on the sides of the big toes, under the 'ball' of the foot and on the tips of the toes. Treatment involves reducing the callus and sometimes padding to protect the area. Reducing the pressure and friction is key to preventing callus formation. Wearing poorly fitting shoes can lead to calluses.
CORNS may be hard, occurring typically on the the soles of the feet and sides of toes, or soft, occurring generally between the 4th and 5th toes. Hard corns are made up of thickened dead skin and have a hard central core, which can be painful when you walk. Soft corns are not as thick, but can also be painful. Treatment for both involves reducing the size of the corn, sometimes padding and looking at how to reduce pressure on the affected areas.
VERRUCAS are warts occurring on the soles of the feet. The wart virus can be transferred from person to person through close skin contact and when there is a break in the skin. Wet skin is also more likely to pick up the virus from contaminated surfaces (such as in a swimming pool environment). They can be difficult to treat and outcomes are unpredictable, often taking many months. Treatments involve a combination of reducing the size of the verruca alongside using a pharmacy recommended solution to 'paint' on your verruca.
Fungal infections can cause discolouration, thickening, splintering/flaking and lifting of the nail. There are many pharmacy-recommended treatments as well as home remedies.
Thickened nails may need reducing to aid effectiveness of treatments. Footwear may need to be reviewed, to help reduce risk of infection.
Ingrowing toenails occur when the side of the nail becomes sharp and ragged, often due to poor nail cutting technique. The rough edge digs into the skin and causes a painful wound that may become infected and need antibiotic treatment from your GP. Other treatment involves trimming the ragged part of the nail causing the damage.
Involuted nails do not break the skin, but can be painful where they press into the skin around the nail. Treatment can involve packing the nail to relieve pressure. Well-fitting footwear is important to help reduce pressure on toes.