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Diabetic Foot Clinic Athlone


Diabetes is a condition which can place an individual at greater risk of developing serious foot problems. The problems are related to the systemic effect of diabetes on the lower limb which include:

  • Decreased circulation to the feet (reduced blood supply)
    Diabetes can affect the large arteries of the body by causing them to become narrower. If the large arteries of the leg are narrower less blood reaches the feet which is a condition called peripheral vascular disease. Less blood means healing rates for wounds, cuts, abrasions is longer and therefore increases the risk of infections and makes it more difficult for the body to fight those infections.
  • Decreased sensory nerve function in the feet (reduced feeling in the feet)
    Diabetes can affect the peripheral nerves of the body, in particular the sensory or feeling nerves. In a condition called peripheral neuropathy the nerves in the feet are less able to sense damage to the feet. If a person with peripheral neuropathy cuts the bottom of the foot they may not be aware of it and continue to walk on the injured area. The area may become increasingly damaged and infected with no warning signs that there is a problem.

The Athlone Foot Clinic provides comprehensive treatment and monitoring of diabetic feet.

Annual foot check-ups – A diabetic foot assessment occurs every 12 months or more often if required. This is a vascular and neurological assessment that enables us to determine your foot status and potential risks for you. Vascular testing includes doppler readings and other cursory tests. Neurological tests used are the standard in diabetic neurological foot assessments.

Regular foot maintenance – Once your foot status is determined, regular foot care may be conducted by us on an ongoing basis. This can include cutting of nails to prevent cuts and ingrown nail problems, removal and debridement of problem corns or callus and other routine foot advice. For many, these services are claimable under your health Insurance.

We diagnose and treat the following diabetes related foot problem. Call the Athlone based Foot Clinic on 090 6400141 for an appointment with our Podiatrist today.

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Bunion treatment

Here at the Athlone Foot clinic we treat many conditions. One of our most common treatments is that of Bunions.

Athlone foot clinic Dublin

Athlone foot clinic Dublin


Bunions (Hallux Abducto Valgus) refer to the deviation of the great toe towards the outside of the foot. This deviation occurs from the great toe joint and causes the foot to become broader and the great toe does not function properly. Discomfort often occurs secondary to footwear pressure on the bunion prominence or due to degenerative changes in the great toe joint itself.

Causes of bunions include: genetic predisposition, poor footwear and hypermobile, flattened feet.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Antinflammation advice
  • Footwear advice
  • Night splinting to improve joint position and reduce discomfort
  • Forefoot padding and strapping techniques
  • Joint mobilization
  • Use of orthotics

Contact our clinic based in Athlone Co. Westmeath for further information.

Call 090 6400141 to arrange an appointment with our Podiatrist today.

Corns & Calluses

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Calluses (Hyperkeratosis) is a build up of thick skin on the foot caused by friction in high pressure areas of the foot. This complaint is often accompanied by corns and can be mildly uncomfortable to painful and debilitating. Calluses often appear on the bottom of the foot around the forefoot, as well as the heel and around the sides and tips of the toes. If Calluses are left untreated, they can interrupt the blood (vascular) supply to the area and ulceration may result. It is recommended that people with diabetes are regularly screened and treated accordingly to prevent the development of a callus that can cause ulcerations.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Complaint removal
  • Advice to prevent the reoccurrence of this complaint


Corns (Heloma Dura & Heloma Molle) are painful lesions/spots of thickened skin on the foot caused by friction in high pressure areas of the foot.

Hard Corns (Heloma Dura) appear on the top and sides of toes often secondary to footwear pressure and also along the bottom of the foot. Soft Corns (Heloma Molle) in most cases appear between the fourth and fifth toes. These have an unbearable stinging sensation and are extremely uncomfortable.

If Corns are left untreated, they can become very painful and may interrupt the blood (vascular) supply to the area and cause an ulcer. It is recommended that people with diabetes are regularly screened and treated accordingly to prevent the development corns that can cause ulcerations.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Complaint removal
  • Advice to prevent the reoccurrence of this complaint



Contact us today on 090 6400141

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Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis) is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by the tinea pedis microbe. The signs of this complaint include itchiness, redness and peeling skin between the toes. Tinea Vesiculare is another fungal complaint of the foot that often presents with small blisters under the arch of the foot.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Recommend appropriate antifungal medication to remove the complaint
  • Advice to prevent the reoccurrence of this complaint

Contact the Athlone Foot Clinic on 090 6400141

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 About 60% of our patients to the Athlone foot clinic are currently presenting with Heel pain. Here is some useful information regarding this condition.

Heel pain is one of the most common conditions to affect the foot. It is usually felt as an intense pain when the affected heel is used. The pain is usually worse when you get out of bed in the morning or after a long period of activity. In most cases, only one heel is affected.

After walking, the pain usually improves. However, it is common for it to be painful when you first take a step after a period of rest. The pain often worsens by the end of the day.

Most cases of heel pain are caused by damage and thickening of the plantar fascia. Sometimes, the surrounding tissue and the heel bone also become inflamed (swollen).

The plantar fascia

The plantar fascia is a tough and flexible band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone with the bones of the feet, while also acting as a kind of shock absorber to the foot.

It is thought that either sudden damage or damage that occurs over many months or years can cause tiny tears, known as microtears, to develop inside the tissue of the plantar fascia. This can cause the plantar fascia to thicken, which can sometimes result in heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for the thickening of the plantar fascia.

How common is heel pain?

Heel pain is a very common condition. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people will have at least one episode of heel pain at some point in their life.

Two main groups of people are affected by heel pain:

  • people who regularly exercise by jogging or running
  • older adults aged 40-60



The long-term outlook for most cases of heel pain is good, with four out of five cases resolving within a year. However, living with the condition for this long can be frustrating, annoying and painful.

A number of treatments can be used to relieve heel pain and speed up recovery time. For example:

  • calf stretches
  • painkilling medication, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injections
  • good-fitting shoes that support and cushion the foot; running shoes are particularly useful
  • supportive devices, such as orthoses (rigid supports that are placed in your shoe) or strapping

In around 1 in 20 people, the symptoms of heel pain will not respond to the types of treatment listed above. Surgery will be needed to release the plantar fascia.


www.hse.ie 2016 https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/H/Heel-pain/

Seasons Greeting from Athlone Chiropodist

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all our patients for the support over 2015, and seasonal greeting. It has been a pleasure seeing you all over 2015 and I am looking forward to seeing you all in 2016.

Wishing you and yours health & happiness over the holiday period and into 2016!

Merry Christmas


WE WILL BE CLOSED from 6pm on Wednesday the 23rd December until Monday the 4th January 2016.

Our reception will open on Thursday the 31st Dec from 9am until 12 noon id any appointment are needed to be made.Xmas Tree

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Morton’s Neuroma – a thickening of nerve tissue in the ball of the foot resulting from compression and irritation of the nerve, such as from wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, or high-heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box. ‪#‎MortonsNeuroma‬

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment and Causes

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment and Causes: 6 Things Everybody Must Know


What is plantar fasciitis?

You know it’s heel pain, but did you know it’s caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia that connects your heel to your toes? It often presents itself in the morning, or after resting, and becomes more painful over time, says Reid.

Plantar fasciitis causes.

Surprise! It turns out that while plantar fasciitis can have many causes—including age, weight gain, a rapid increase in exercise, or wearing the wrong shoes—71 percent of those who wear high heels experience sole struggles, according to a recent AMPA survey. “Those with flexible, flat feet or a high arch are more commonly affected,” says Reid, who estimates that about 40 percent of her clients are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Calcium deposits in the heel bone, often known as a heel or bone spur, may also be the root cause, as this would lead to more strain on the ligaments that stretch across the underside of the foot.

The best plantar fasciitis shoes.

Step one if your heel hurts: Squeeze your sneaks. “Press on the back of your shoe near the heel—it should be firm to help stabilize your heel. If it’s not, try a new pair or invest in a heel cup insert,” Reid suggests. Fourteen percent of plantar fasciitis patients stated in a recent study that a sneaker swap was the treatment that worked best to relieve their pain. Before you head to the mall, check out a list of American Podiatric Medical Association–approved footwear.

Plantar fasciitis treatment.


If you experience heel pain for three months or more, and rest and new sneakers don’t do the trick, make an appointment with a podiatrist. “If you receive treatment early on, it’s easier to alleviate the pain and prevent a recurrence,” says Reid. Most often, the doc will fit you with custom orthotics that you can pop into your regular shoes. Severe plantar fasciitis cases may require foot taping, a stint in a soft boot, nonsteroidal medications, or cortizone shots.

Plantar fasciitis stretches.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as plantar fasciitis exercises that can prevent sore heels. A simple stretch can help ease the ache, though. Reid’s recommendation:

  • Cross right leg over left knee and grab toes with right hand.
  • Press right foot toward right knee, then hold for three seconds.
  • Release stretch and pull right foot away from knee.
  • Repeat five times. Switch legs and repeat the same sequence.

Don’t delay treatment.

If the severe heel pain appears out of nowhere, seek treatment from a podiatrist immediately. “Extremely athletic people can actually rupture their plantar fascia, which generally requires a few weeks with a boot and crutches to fully recover.

Call into the Foot Clinic in Athlone for treatment of plantar fasciitis or heel pain. The Athlone Foot Clinic based in Clonbrusk Primary Care Centre treats all problems of the foot and ankle from routine chiropody to podiatry and biomechanics. Call the Foot Clinic in Athlone today to arrange an appointment on 085 1911271 or email info@athlonefootclinic.ie

Athlone Foot Clinic- The Number Of Steps It Takes To Lose 5 Pounds

The Number Of Steps It Takes To Lose 5 Pounds
Step up your daily distance for a slimmer waistline

By Merritt Watts

More proof that walking extra steps can help with weight loss: When women over age 40 increased their activity by an average of 3,520 steps (just over 1¾ miles) throughout the day, had a 5 pound weight loss in a year without changing their eating habits, reports a study in the journal Obesity. They also decreased dangerous belly fat by 12%.

To add steps to your day, try walking around the mall or grocery store before you begin shopping. At work, use a restroom on a different floor. When running errands, park in the furthest spot in the parking lot.

Taken from:http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/add-daily-steps-lose-five-pounds?


Call the Foot Clinic in Athlone to deal with any foot problems you may be having from chiropody to biomechanical assessment.


Call today on 0851911271 or email info@athlonefootclinic.ie