Podiatry - Gibraltar Foot Clinic
In this modern world we live in, we can spend a lot of time on our feet, so its important that we look after them. At the Specialist Medical Clinic, we have our own dedicated foot specialist (podiatrist), Mr Kayron Pozo, as well as orthopaedic consultants who are able to take care of any problems you might encounter with your feet.
Corns & Callouses
These are areas of hard skin on which are formed as a result of pressure and/or friction on the foot.
A callous is the body's way of protecting a traumatized area of the foot and can be quite painful, if left untreated may develop into a corn.
A hard corn is the same as a callous but has developed a hard cone like centre or nucleus, this often causes direct pressure on a nerve, resulting in great pain. Corns can usually be removed with little or no discomfort. The hard corn is the most common form of the lesion, although there are many other types, each one being treated accordingly.
Warts and Verrucae
Warts and verrucae (plantar warts) are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Although common, they can be quite troublesome to remove and can spread throughout the family if untreated. Warts and verrucae are most commonly treated by cryotherapy. This involves the use of a freezing agent (liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide gas). SMC provides cryotherapy with the use of liquid nitrogen gas in the form of the Cryopen®.
Ingrown Toe Nails (surgical treatment available)
Ingrown toenails commonly occur on the big toe and are normally associated with wearing tight or narrow shoes. Pressure is put onto the toenail which is then forced to grow into the flesh of the toe. Other causes of ingrown toenails include: incorrect toenail trimming, fungal infections, injuries, abnormalities in the structure of the foot, or repeated impact on the toenail from a sporting activity.
This is concerned with the forces applied to the feet and lower limbs. When problems arise in these areas, this can result in pain in the feet, legs knees and lower back. An assessment entails of a 30 to 40 minute appointment where measurement of the lower limbs and their function are taken.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes can have an array of unwanted and unpleasant effects on the feet. Some of these can involve the nerves of the foot (e.g. neuropathy), others can affect the circulatory system (e.g.peripheral arterial disease). Attending a diabetes foot clinic can help reduce the possibility of these secondary conditions developing and / or reducing the effects once they have.
Test for Foot Neuropathy
Should a patient have damaged any bones or tendons in the foot, we have dedicated radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons who can assess the feet, find the best course of action and have patients returning to day to day activities as soon as possible.