Patricia Lavelle MAR FHP CNHC Foot Health Treatments & Holistic Foot Therapies for Dumfries & Galloway



Foot health Care

Good foot health really matters. It can reduce pain: improve confidence, mobility, quality of life and independence with the potential to prevent more serious health problems. Healthy feet allow you to remain physically active, which in turn improves emotional health and vitality.

Pod means foot and chiro “to use hands to heal”

The foot is a 'map' of the entire body. No Muscle, no gland, no organ whether internal or external is without a set of nerves whose opposite ends are anchored in the foot. And what does this mean? Simply that when we massage the foot we stimulate and effect all the rest of the body as well.

CLICK HERE } NHS ; Personal Foot Care 'Healthy Foot Steps'



Foot health treatments. TREATMENTS

Treatments available

  • Toenail trimming and correction
  • Corns and hard skin removal
  • Treatment of athlete's foot and fungal infections
  • Ingrowing toenail management and prevention
  • Diabetic foot health assessment and monitoring
  • Bunion pain relief and care
  • Verruca treatment
  • Treatment of foot; nerve and joint pain, plantar fasciitis
  • Swollen feet and toe tension treatment
  • General foot health treatments
    Based in Castle Douglas

    Choosing a specialist in holistic foot health is a great option. You have a professional who is looking not just at your feet but at your health as it relates to what your feet are experiencing.



  • Foot health treatments. CORNS

    Corns and callous removal

    Corns and calluses are common skin problems that are characterized by a buildup of hard, thick skin, usually on your feet. Corns and calluses are particularly common on your toes, and they are caused by prolonged pressure or friction on your skin. Though not life-threatening health problems, corns and calluses may cause pain and disability when the buildup of skin gets too thick or causes pressure on sensitive parts of your foot. Thick, hard skin can occur on any part of your foot.



    Foot health treatments. ingrown

    Toenail trimming and correction

    Corrective cutting can sometimes take time, but is well advised to prevent further pain and problems.

    Ingrown Nails
    Ingrown toenails develop when the edge of your nail grows into the skin of your toes, causing pain, redness, and swelling near your nail. Ingrown toenails, though not a life-threatening health problem, can cause significant pain or discomfort in your affected toe. In severe cases, the infection caused by your ingrown toenail may spread into your toe bones.
    Ingrown toenails can affect any of your toes though your big toe is most vulnerable to this health problem.



    Foot health treatments. diabetic

    Diabetic foot health assessment and monitoring

    Diabetes

    Diabetes is a chronic, or lifelong, condition in which your body is unable to maintain a proper blood sugar level. Foot problems are among the most common health concerns diabetics face. Several types of diabetes exist, yet they all may cause similar changes in your feet. Prolonged elevated blood sugar levels may lead to a serious health complication known as neuropathy—a condition involving nerve damage or dysfunction. The nerves in your feet perform many important functions, and they may be particularly susceptible to diabetes-related damage.

    Foot problems can affect anyone who has diabetes, whether they are being treated with insulin, tablets or diet only. It is important to understand how foot problems develop and how they can be prevented or detected early so that they can be treated successfully.

  • Foot Assessment
  • Foot Treatment
  • With self- help care and advice



  • Foot health treatments. fingal nail

    Fungal infections

    Fungal toenail infection, also known as onychomycosis, occurs when fungi invade your toe’s nail bed and other structures. Fungal toenail infections can be difficult to treat, and some of these infections may require the use of anti-fungal medicines. Fungi, including the fungi that invade your toenails, thrive in moist, dark, and humid environments. Consult your podiatrist if you think you have a fungal toenail infection.

    Your doctor can often diagnose your fungal toenail infection simply by examining your affected toenail.

    Signs and symptoms that most commonly suggest a fungal toenail infection include:

  • Toenails that are white or yellow in colour
  • Toenails that are brittle or crumbly at their ends
  • Thick toenails
  • Toenails that detach from your nail bed
  • Toenails that are curled or deformed
  • Debris located under your toenails
  • Decreased toenail

  • Thickly Overgrown Nail
  • Inflammation
  • Severe Bruising

    All nail types require professional treatments to provide long-term healthy condition for your nails



  • Foot health treatments. SEAWEED 2

    Seaweed & Epsom Salt foot bath with each treatment

  • Improving blood circulation
  • Moisturising the skin and helping to release toxins
  • Contributing to weight loss
  • Easing aches and pains

    Epsom salts not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
    Absorbed through the skin Epsom salt also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints

    Seaweed & Epsom salt Foot Soaks

    As both a foot health professional and reflexologist, I am able to provide a more comprehensive and holistic treatment, tailored to specific individual conditions for improving overall foot health.



  • Foot health treatments. verrucca

    Verruca treatment

    There is no single treatment that is 100% effective and different types of treatment may be combined.

  • Health Advice

    A verruca is a plantar wart that is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are spread by contact, either directly from person to person, or indirectly via surface contact.

    Veruccae plantaris, are a buildup of skin on the bottom of your foot. Plantar warts are benign skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. This virus enters your body through small cuts or breaks in the skin of your feet. The buildup of thick, irregular skin on the bottom of your feet that characterizes plantar warts is sometimes confused with calluses, due to their similar appearance. But calluses are caused by rubbing or friction, not a viral infection.



  • Foot health treatments. BUNION

    Bunion pain relief and care


    The term bunion is used to describe an enlargement of the joint of the big toe. Technically a bunion implies inflammation of a metatarsal bursa, although in many cases there is no inflammation present.

  • Pain Relief
  • Bunion release

  • This treatment gives increased comfort and mobility in each of the joints.

    A bunion, also known by its medical name hallux abducto valgus, is foot condition in which your big toe points toward your second toe, causing a bump or prominence to develop on the inside edge of your big toe and first metatarsal bone. Your first metatarsal bone is the long bone located directly behind your big toe, in your mid-foot. A bunion will cause your forefoot to appear wider because the base of your big toe now points away from your foot instead of pointing straight ahead.



  • Foot health treatments. ATHLETES

    Athletes foot

    Skin conditions treated through self-help advice and treatment

    Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of your feet. In most cases, the fungal infection develops on the bottom of your foot and between your toes. Athlete’s foot is a common health problem and may last for a short or long time. This condition can be difficult to treat and may recur following treatment. It is commonly believed that athlete’s foot is contagious and that you can pick up the tinea fungus by touching an infected individual or from walking on damp floors in areas with heavy foot traffic, such as locker rooms or public showers. In truth, though, fungi live on many surfaces, including your skin. What makes a person become infected is reduced immunity (there are many possible causes of this) in combination with a foot environment in which fungi thrive (i.e., a warm, dark, and moist environment).



    Foot health treatments. DR LOCK BOOK

    Arthritis

    Dr. Mahlon Locke was one of the most famed medics in North America during the 1930’s.

    Initially “toe-twisting” occupied only a small portion of Locke’s practice, which included duties as the district coroner and running a satellite office at Prescott, Ontario. The especial efficacy of his technique for arthritis eventually attracted attention of the lay press. By, 1925 Locke’s practice began to be dominated by his foot manipulation techniques.



    Foot health treatments. Hippocrate

    Hippocrates Physician and 'Father of Western Medicine

    In Castle Douglas!

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