I am often asked questions about the various problems associated with feet.  To help answer some of these I have created this page to assist you in the most ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.   However, if your query is not listed below, please feel free to contact me on 07866 785300, email joanne@feetfirstpractice.co.uk or alternatively use the below contact form.

Do I need foothealth treatment only when I have problems with my feet?

No, it’s much better to have a regular appointment every 8-12 weeks so your feet stay healthy and in good condition.

Will I have to stop wearing fashionable shoes?

Not usually – unless you have a foot condition that is being aggravated by shoes that either don’t fit properly or put your feet under severe stress.   Most people find varying the shoes they wear from day to day works well.

Can bunions be ‘fixed’?

A bunion is the result of a partial or total dislocation of the joint between the hallux (the big toe) and the first metatarsal bone.  The joint then becomes swollen and painful.  Due to the angle adopted by the big toe it impinges upon the second toe which can develop into a hammer toe and, in turn, can become dislocated.

Despite the common misconception that bunions are caused by wearing poor shoes, it is more likely due to hereditary factors.

Do you remove verrucae?

A verruca, or skin wart, is caused by the human papilloma virus.  It presents as an area of rough looking skin with small brown or black marks.  Quite often the area is covered by hard skin which covers up the tell tale brown or black marks.

Unfortunately it can take some years for a verrucae to disappear.  Treatments can include use of acidic solutions, freezing, electrosurgery and if necessary laser therapy.

Why have my nails gone yellow and have become thick and crumbly?

The above signs point to a fungal infection, a very common complaint and one that can be treated.

The initial action is to thin down the affected nails, using a burr, and then a daily application of an anti-fungal solution, which is easily done at home.

How does diabetes affect my feet?

If you suffer from diabetes one of the possible symptoms is reduced sensation in the feet – sometimes a total loss of sensation, known as Peripheral neuropathy.  The problem is that, if you have this loss of feeling there is a danger that you may damage the flesh surrounding your nails, whilst you are trimming and cutting them.

How do I know if I’ve got diabetes?

A blood test is required to provide a diagnosis but there are a few tell tale signs that would indicate a visit to the GP. Thirst, an abnormal increase in your urine output, unexplained weight loss and acetone breath (smells like pear drops).  Heredity factors also need to be taken into account.

If your question is not listed above, please click here and complete the form with your enquiry.

REMEMBER – “If your feet hurt, there may be a more serious condition so it is essential to seek professional advice.”


Contact me to book an appointment – Joanne McDonnell – MCFHP MAFHP VTCT Dip.
Phone:        07866 785300
E-Mail:       joanne@feetfirstpractice.co.uk
Web:           www.feetfirstpractice.co.uk