Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic Hailsham and Eastbourne, East Sussex

Podiatry & Chiropody

At Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic our expert Podiatrists Lorraine and Maria offer a full biomechanical assessment service. They know that foot dysfunction can contribute or cause pain further up the body so if you're experiencing any type of pain in the knees, hips or lower book please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Conditions we treat:

• Corns & calluses, heel pain, cracked heels, verrucae, ingrown toenails, thickened nails
• Foot, ankle and knee pain, lower back pain, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, flat feet
• Clawed toes, bunions
• Diabetes /Rheumatoid arthritis foot care the "high risk foot"

Further services we offer:

• Bespoke Orthotics/insoles
• Toenail reconstruction

We also offer these treatments at clinics in Burwash. For more information contact Lorraine on 01435 882485



Common Foot Conditions



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Corns and Callus

Corns and callus are a result of repetitive intermittent pressure on the foot, which can occur from poorly fitting footwear or as a result of how you walk. Unless addressed at the initial onset corns and callus have a tendency to reoccur and commonly require ongoing routine care. We can debride corn and callus, as well as providing you with advice on how to prevent and minimise re-occurrence and pain.



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Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails can affect any nail but commonly the first toenail is affected. They are usually very painful and lead to secondary infections. Whilst sometimes they can be treated conservatively, usually a small operation called a partial nail avulsion or total nail avulsion is offered.



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Flat Feet / Low Arches

Flat feet (fallen arches) are feet which have a low arch profile or no arch at all. Many painful conditions in the feet or legs can arise from this mechanical change. Sometimes, just changing the footwear can help to relieve painful symptoms but often orthotics (insoles) are needed to correct this foot type.



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Sporting Injury

The repetitive high impact nature of sports places further stress on the musculoskeletal system of the lower extremity. Many sporting injuries occur as a result of poor biomechanics or alignment. We treat many recreational and professional athletes participating in a range of sporting activities. Common sporting injuries that we can help with include Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Plantar fasciitis and Posterial Tibial Tendon Disfunction, among many others.



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Thickened / Fungal Nails

The appearance of our toenails can change for a number of reasons. Trauma, infection, illness, chemicals and medication can all affect the appearance of our toenails. Where a fungal infection is involved the toenail can be treated with a topical lacquer to eradicate the infection. Thickened nails can be managed by reducing the toenail to a normal level.



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Plantar Fasciitis

This is a repetitive strain injury to the connective tissue (fascia) at the bottom of the foot, which is often long lasting and very painful. It classically manifests itself as pain first thing getting out of bed in the morning, but eases somewhat when walking. Pain may reoccur again later in the day when the feet get tired. It can be confused with other conditions and a painful heel should always be seen to by a podiatrist to ensure a correct diagnosis is made.



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Verrucas and Warts

Verrucae or plantar warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. There is no single effective method of treating verruca. The choice of treatment depends on the pain you are in, the position and the size of the lesion. Treatment methods include occlusion, caustic therapy and cryosurgery (freezing).



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Now There Is A Quick and Easy Way of Removing Calluses!

We now offer a new method of callus removal that softens hard calluses quickly which makes them easier to scrape and file away, leaving the feet clean and soft.



Qualifications

Co-Founders Lorraine Humphrey and Maria Harris are both active members of the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists. Lorraine and Maria are fully HCPC registered; both graduating from the University of Brighton with B.Sc Honors in Podiatry. Maria also holds a diploma (IIHHT) in Holistic Therapies (2002) and graduated from the London School Of Sports Massage LSSM in 2003 with a level 4 diploma specialising in the treatment of pain. Lorraine also graduated with a diploma in Reflexology (MAR) from the Association of Reflexologists in 2000 and owned her own practice in Heathfield for three years. She also holds diplomas (IIHHT) in Indian Head Massage and Swedish Body Massage specialising in pure relaxation.

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