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Foot Conditions Treated

British Association Foot Health ProfessionalsATHLETE'S FOOT

This condition is systemic bacterial infection generally found on the plantar area of the foot, part or whole foot and between the toes. It is a bacterial/fungal infection with presenting symptoms as redness, itching and scaling of the skin. Treatment would include a topical cutaneous spray solution.


These are a virus that the body's own immune system in time will recognise and resolve. However, at times they can be painful and or unsightly. There are several types of verrucae/warts with alternative management options for the patient to choose or abstain from.

  • HPV1 – the most common and singular deep plantar verrucae/wart, cauliflower in appearance and may be painful when pinched.
  • HPV2 – mosaic verrucae/wart may look singular but is a more shallow mass of warty tissue. It can be painful and the appearance may cause distress.
  • HPV2, 4, 60 – a collection of raised warts.


A callus can present as a yellowish plaque of hard skin, generally associated with excess mechanical stress and or the duration of loading tissue during walking/running causing damage to the skin. Treatment involves the removal of the hard skin and a continuous care regime to maintain a healthy foot balance.


A corn is an inverted cone of hard skin that has been pushed up into the skin and is generally caused by friction, trauma or injury. They can be very painful and over a period of time and affect a person gait (style of walking) in order to receive any pressure. Hard corns are usually found on the ball of the foot, on top of the toes and the side of the fifth toe. Soft corns are generally found between the toes.

INGROWING TOE NAILS (Onychocryptosis)

Ingrowing nails frequently occur in the big toe nail resulting in an acute inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue, which may become infected (paronychia) if left untreated.

CORN UNDER THE NAIL (subungual heloma)

This is the development of a nucleated keratinised lesion under the nail plate. It may occur on any part of the nail bed and will need to be removed.

FISSURES (cracked skin/heels)

Fissures can be moist or dry cracks in the epidermis at sites where the skin is under tension and may extend to the dermis with the potential for bacterial/fungal infection.