Routine Foot Care - Common Foot Problems

Retirement announcement

To all our valued patients we are sad to announce that Ashleigh has retired from Podiatry after many years of treating foot related health problems both privately and within the NHS to pursue a new career within medical and veterinary recruitment, we wish her all the best of luck with her new business venture and she will be missed by colleagues and patients alike. Ash pic 3

"From the bottom of my heart i would like to thank all my dear patients for your loyal support over the years and friendship, i am sad to say good bye but will forever remember the great times and at times challenges we over came, I wish each and every one of you all the best and i have every confidence that Graham Riddle and his team will take good care of you all at his premises in either Ware or Letchworth, he is a trusted and well respected colleague with over 20 years of experience" my warmest wishes Ash

Please contact Graham Riddle on 07976783674 for all future appointments


  • Callused skin is thick and often less sensitive to touch than the surrounding skin
  • They often form over the ball of your foot because this area takes most of your weight when you walk
  • Reduced fatty padding – elderly people have less fatty tissue in their skin


  • Corns are often caused by wearing shoes that fit poorly. Shoes that are too loose can allow your foot to slide and rub, such as high-heeled shoes
  • Corns often occur on bony feet as there's a lack of natural cushioning
  • They can also develop as a symptom of another foot problem, such as bunions and hammer toe

Calluses and corns have painful nerves and bursal sacs (fluid-filled balloons that act as shock absorbers) beneath them, causing symptoms ranging from sharp, shooting pain to dull and aching soreness. They can be disabling and in a diabetic can lead to serious complications if left untreated.


  • Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful and occur when the toenail grows into the nail bed, becomes embedded in the skin around the nail and later may become sore, red and swollen
  • This can result in the area bleeding or weeping and sometimes becoming infected
  • Shoes that are too tight or short can put pressure between the nail and soft tissue and eventually cause ingrown toenails

Verruca 2


  • Warts are generally raised and fleshier when they appear on the top of the foot or on the toes
  • Plantar warts are often gray or brown with a centre that appears as one or more pinpoints of black and can resemble cauliflower in appearance
  • Left untreated warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of warts
  • Treatments include application of caustic medication and cryosurgery

Baby feet


We treat many conditions including:

  • Children’s foot and ankle pain
  • Juvenile bunions
  • Toe and structural deformities such as flat feet and high arched feet
  • Plantar warts (verrucae), ingrown toenails
  • Footwear advice for growing feet

Foot massage


We offer specialist diabetic foot care that includes:

  • Diabetic nail cutting
  • Annual diabetic foot checks
  • Ulcer treatment and up to date advice to ensure you are looking after your feet appropriately

Two main areas we will monitor for the diabetic foot are as follows:


Patients who suffer from neuropathy find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between hot and cold and dull and sharp, as well as the ability to feel pain and pressure. This could lead to potentially dangerous and undetected injuries for a diabetic. The risks of developing ulcers and infections are significantly increased.


Poor circulation inhibits the body’s ability to allow adequate blood flow to extremities. Blood carries the necessary oxygen and nutrients necessary to aid in the body’s healing processes as well as keeping those body parts active and healthy. Poor circulation to the feet and legs slow down the healing process when injured. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a diabetic your infections spread quickly and greatly increase the risks to contract gangrene.