Podology (Foot Health) Unit
Our feet wear in daily life due to various reasons and therefore, they require care. At Podology Unit of Okan University Hospital, following procedures are carried out by specialists;
- Orthesis procedures
- Diabetic foot care
- Ingrown nail care
- Gel system
- Callus care
- Deformed nail care
- Cracked heel care
- Deformed skin care
Ingrown Nail Care
Ingrown nails threaten health of foot and compromise quality of life. Ingrown nails which cannot be handled at home may cause infections when excessively rasped or trimmed. Redness is usually the first sign of ingrown nails and the nail may grow into the flesh. It is crucial to visit a specialist for medical help.
Cracked Heel Care
The cracks in feet are secondary to swollen and dry calluses with insufficient fat. If left untreated, microorganisms may penetrate into the body through the vessels in the cracks. This leads to infection. This may cause excessive pain due to open nerve endings at the region. The callus is carefully removed and pressure is relieved in treatment of cracked heels. An oily cream is applied following the procedure. Planned care is employed to repair cracks that had already reached the lower layer of the skin.
Deformed Nail Care
The nails may deform due to various reasons and they are reshaped and deformities are corrected. Silk nail is an option for nails which are not aesthetically pleasing. This method is used for individuals who have habit of nail biting to grow their nails.
Diabetic Foot Care
People with diabetes should pay attention to their foot care. Because feet are our organs that carry the body weight, are exposed to pressure and most prone to injury. Most problems with feet occur due to improper footwear and poor foot care. Wrong nail clipping, ingrown nail, calluses, pinching, fungi in toes and nails are the most common causes of foot injuries.
Gel system is used to correct the nail bed, if required, for thickened and deformed ingrown nails. This application shortens the treatment period as fluid absorption is hindered in toes with fungal infection. Also, unaesthetic look of nails secondary to foot diseases (fungal infection, thickened nail and similar conditions) is also eliminated.
The best treatment for callus is the cleaning procedures at regular intervals. If the callus is removed down the root in a single session, callus recurs at the same location and may further thicken the skin. Therefore, the region of callus should be cleaned at regular intervals over extended period of time. In addition, callus tapes should not be used in diabetic patients, as they contain acid.