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The sun is peeking through the clouds and the sky is looking brighter, which can only mean that summer is officially on its way. As the temperatures rise, many of us opt for lighter clothing and more breathable footwear, but the harsh conditions of winter cause a number ofailments that deteror prevent people from flaunting their feet. If your toes haven’t seen the light of day since last summer, it might be time to pop down to Gosforth Physio and Wellness for some routine chiropody at our Newcastle clinic. Whether it’s hard skin, diabetic foot care or verruca treatment, we’ll have you strapping on the sandals and banishing those boots!

Cracked Heels

After a winter of being stuffed into warm and weatherproof footwear like tight leather shoes or even a pair of impermeable wellingtons, one of the most common complaints we receive at this time of year is cracked heels. This often stems from the feet being unable to breathe, a lack of moisture, excessive standing or a lack of vitamin D, which we get mostly from the sun. By removing dead skin cells and applying vitamin enhanced moisturisers, Gosforth Physio can smooth the surface and replenish your skins elasticity.

Chilblains

Unsurprisingly the cold temperatures of winter can leave many people with chilblains come the spring. Simply put, this condition is an inflammation of the small blood vessels in the feet, resulting in red, itchy and sometimes painful bumps on the feet and toes. They are caused by exposure to cold but not freezing air, and the condition is common in both children and elderly people. If you are blighted with these bumps, our trained chiropodists will massage the feet with soothing lotions, to reduce irritation, increase circulation to the area and speed up recovery.

Fungal Nail Infection

Natural fungi can be found on everyone’s feet, but in hot and moist conditions this bacteria can thrive, turning it into that familiar yellow stain that characterises a fungal infection. Although harmless medically, the condition leaves many people feeling insecure. But don’t fret about your feet -all ofthese symptoms can be treated by Gosforth Physio and Wellness in under 5 sessions.

Stand Proud

When any of these conditions manifest,having a pedicure is not enough to make you want to flaunt your feet in something strappy. Even though everybody will experience them at some point in their lives, it doesn’t stop you taking a blow to your confidence. Whatever you’re ailment, be it a verruca, athlete’s foot or a fungal nail infection, the team at Gosforth Physio and Wellness assess and treat each condition gently and painlessly. Each therapy typically results in immediate improvements in appearance and reduced levels of pain and discomfort. Additionally, we will provide you with appropriate advice to further alleviate your condition.

Don’t let the condition of your feet put you off from sliding into those sandals, pay a visit to Gosforth physio and wellness and we’ll have you strutting your stuff in no time. Just visit our website to see the conditions we treat and call us on 0191 284 9111 to book.

Kevin Kennedy

Director / Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Kevin is an Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist and Pilates instructor with a special interest in neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions and pain.

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