Chiropody & Podiatry

Complete Foot Care for all Ages and all Needs

Compleet Feet offer a ‘complete’ foot care service to encompass routine foot care through to complex procedures. We pride ourselves in being able to find a solution for most presenting problems. As an accredited clinic we work to the highest of standards recommended by The Society of Chiropodist and Podiatrists to ensure patients are given the best standards of care.

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We can treat most lower limb related foot problems or advise on appropriate course of action. Please speak to one our trained receptionists who will answer any of your enquiries and book your appointment. You can book direct online. If you would like to receive a preliminary answer please send in good quality pictures with short summary of problem, but we do not make a formal diagnosis without patient present.

Yes. All new patients will have a consultation pertinent to the presenting problem e.g. whether it is a problem corn or plantar fasciitis. For routine foot problems, we do not charge for initial consultations unlike other clinics and will commence treatment during initial appointment. Patients will be required to consent to treatment.

We treat all presenting foot related problems within an appointed time. If we require additional time for your specific problem we will advise. A routine chiropody/ podiatry appointment consists of all nails cut and filed, all hard skin, corns reduced, required padding or dressings applied and cream massaged in. Finally, any relevant foot care advice is given.

Yes. At Alton, we have a downstairs clinic with wheelchair access at the back of the building and a drop-off point. Please ask.

Yes, but this is dependent on your Medical Insurance Company. Please check your policy.

Yes. We currently offer 2 late evening clinics twice per month and can offer a 6.00pm appointment on a case by case basis. Katrina is available for 1 Saturday clinic per month. Please ask.

No, but if you email us on: info@compleetfeet.co.uk we will endeavour to reply within a few hours to advice on appropriate course of action or answer any concerns. Please include any relevant pictures and details of concern.

Cost

Costs vary between clinics:

Alton

‘Complete’ Footcare Treatment    30 minute session                               £38.00

Southsea

‘Complete’ Footcare Treatment    30 minute session                               £34.00

Brighton

Please ask on booking

No additional consultation cost. Encompasses whole foot to include nails, corns, hard skin etc. Advice given. More complex problems may require additional appointments. Price reduction on simple nail cutting only. Please ask.

I recently came across a Blog article by Tracey Vlahovic in the American Podiatry Today, October 2015 discussing injecting Candida Albicans into verrucae and warts. This intriguing was using yeast to initiate an immune response to eradicate the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Tracey had previously co-written and published article on this subject which featured in the Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). She undertook a study based on injecting the viral verrucae of 80 patients with the candida antigen. There was a 65% success rate. She felt that by combining this injection therapy with other treatment modalities it significantly increased resolution rates.

The concept of injecting verrucae with an antigen to trigger an immune response is not new. The Journal European Academy Dermatology Venereology 2010 published: Intralesional immunotherapy of common warts: successful treatment with mumps, measles and rubella vaccine. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of injecting recalcitrant common warts with the MMR vaccine. The study included 135 patients with single or multiple recalcitrant or non-recalcitrant common warts. They were randomly assigned to two groups; the first group (85 patients) received intralesional MMR vaccine, and the second group (50 patients) received intralesional saline as a control group. Both treatments were injected into single lesions or largest wart in case of multiple lesions at 2-week intervals until complete clearance or for a maximum of five treatments. Follow-up was made every 2 months for 6 months to detect any recurrence.

The results were impressive with complete clearance in 80% of patients, demonstrating that immune-therapy could be a safe and effective way forward for treating viral verrucae. Since the publish of that paper and this recent article injecting ‘yeast’ into verrucae there has been little to no mention of immunotherapy in the world of UK podiatry. The use of intradermal injection therapy for viral verrucae and warts is more commonly used and discussed in the dermatology world.  In a 2011 published study by Eassa BIet al entitled: Intradermal injection of PPD as a novel approach of immunotherapy in anogenital warts in pregnant women; a purified protein derivative (PPD) extract of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was injected into anogenital warts of pregnant women. It proved to be 85% successful.  Again, another example of using injectables to mediate an immune response.

What fascinates me, referring back to using Candida Albicans to treat viral warts, is that I often have patients who present with verrucae, Athlete’s Foot and nasty yeast infected nails! All co-existing and thriving nicely together. Maybe I need to agitate them all, ‘rub their heads together’ to mediate an immune response? Unfortunately, any patient who is immune- compromised in the first place immunotherapy won’t work, as nothing mediates an immune response. There is also the risk of triggering an actual Candida Albicans infection.  Candida is often passed around the body through the bloodstream. More research needs to be done. For the time being I will stick to my tried and tested verrucae eradicating methods like the Swift.

References

  1. Signore RJ. Candida albicans intralesional injection immunotherapy of warts. Cutis. 2002; 70(3):185-92.
  2. Vlahovic T, Spadone S, Dunn SP, et al. Candida albicans immunotherapy for verrucae plantaris. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2015; 105(5):395-400.
  3. Clifton MM, Johnson SM, Roberson PK, et al. Immunotherapy for recalcitrant warts in children using intralesional mumps or Candida antigens. Pediatr Dermatol. 2003; 20(3):268-71.
  4. Eassa BI, Abou-Bakr AA, El-Khalawany MA. Intradermal injection of PPD as a novel approach of immunotherapy in anogenital warts in pregnant women. Dermatol Ther 2011; 24 :137-143.
  5. Mohamed El-Khalawany et al. Immunotherapy of viral warts: myth and reality Egyptian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology 2015, 35:1–13
  6. http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/should-you-inject-candida-albicans-plantar-warts

Due to the huge interest the innovative Swift Microwave Verruca treatment has generated we have decided to hold the introductory price of £80 per treatment session until 19th August 2017. From 21st August the cost will be £100 per treatment.

The benefits of Swift are tremendous and have helped to revolutionise the treatment of challenging verrucae and warts for both us as podiatrists and for our patients. No bulky padding and dressings, no hinderance on bathing or showering, no discomfort  after treatment (as opposed to traditional methods), no need to stop doing what you want! The treatment of verrucae has never been easier.