The importance of foot care: Discover Putney’s 360 Podiatry
On average, a person walks approximately 115,000 miles in their lifetime – more than four times the circumference of Earth. The importance of maintaining healthy feet should therefore seem obvious, yet it is often overlooked.
Neglecting common foot conditions can result in serious complications, so regular check-ups are vital for the early detection of abnormalities and preventing long-term disability. If you notice pain, inflammation, itching or discolouration, seeking professional assistance from a podiatrist is essential.
Fungal toenail infections are particularly prevalent, affecting up to one in four of the population at a given time. While over-the-counter medicines are readily available, they typically take 12 months to cure the infection and may cause unpleasant side effects. For more convenient results, laser treatment is recommended.
We had the pleasure of experiencing the exceptional services provided by 360 Podiatry, based in Hurlingham Studios, Putney. This clinic is operated by sisters Isabel and Saffron Wilson, who have both obtained qualifications from the esteemed University of East London. With the sisters’ expertise in nail surgery, local anaesthesia and steroid injections, their clients can have full confidence in the quality of care they receive.
Among their array of therapies, PinPointe FootLaser is a popular choice. This innovative procedure targets and eliminates the fungus residing beneath the nail, without causing any damage to the surface or the surrounding skin. After the treatment, the infected nail is left to naturally grow out.
Each appointment begins with a comprehensive consultation, including a fungal nail test, providing instant results, and a thorough shoe cleanse. The next step involves nail filing, followed by the application of the laser. This procedure is virtually painless and typically takes 30 minutes to complete.
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All clients leave with an aftercare kit that includes a topical ointment, foot cream and shoe spray. These products should be applied for the next few months.
Isabel’s wealth of knowledge, genuine passion and attentive nature were evident throughout our visit. She highlighted the importance of post-treatment care: most importantly, socks should be washed at 60°C to eliminate bacteria. It is also vital to keep feet clean, dry and moisturised, especially between the toes.
In addition to treating fungal nails, the Wilson sisters offer a wide range of treatments for various conditions, including ingrown toenails, verrucas, corns, Achilles tendonitis, heel and joint pain, as well as diabetes-related issues. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to these conditions, 360 Podiatry may well be able to help.
For further information about 360 Podiatry or to book an appointment visit the clinic’s website here.