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Posts from August 2017

This is a very important blog. 
 
I have been on my holidays and have come back raring to go (as we say in my native Northern Ireland).  
 
When I returned I was THRILLED to see my Private Practice Accreditation certificate had arrived.  
 
I didn’t even know that my application had been approved!  
 
Weeks and weeks of drawing up documents and policies and reading everything relating to best practice I could find had paid off. 
 
WHOOPIE!! 
A so-called soft corn is a plug of skin that occurs between the toes.  
 
The natural moisture that we get between our toes keeps the skin soft but they can be incredibly painful. 
 
This is because they are caused by pressure and movement, so two bony prominences (the equivalent of a knuckle in your hands) rub continuously and stimulate the skin to develop, flatten and become a plaque. The plaque may or may not have a hard centre. 
I know, I know... cutting your nail across is the only way to do it, right? 
 
Yeeaahish. 
 
If you are lucky enough to have none of the above and have a lovely flat nail like this one then please cut it straight across and it will stay lovely. 
 
Unfortunately, many of us do not have flat nails and have variations on the top images to a greater or lesser degree. Cutting these can be a minefield and really, it's worth seeing a podiatrist and having a lesson on nail cutting. The curly nails, called involuted nails, impact the skin and can cause hard skin and corns to develop along the nail borders. They can become painful. 
 
 
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