Welcome to Crawley Foot Health
I established the clinic in central Crawley more than 20 years ago and during that time I have helped patients with everything from sports injuries to managing long term conditions. In fact many patients have become regulars at the practice.
I’m the main practitioner at the practice and am registered with The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The College of Podiatry.
Appointments, (including initial consultations) can be booked by phone or email.
Chiropodist & Podiatrist
BSc (Hons) MChs DPodM HCPC Registered
Crawley Foot Health is the longest–established private chiropody and podiatry practice in central Crawley. We are a generalist clinic offering expertise in a wide range of foot and leg disorders.
Following qualification from a three year full time university course, Victoria McCann, the main practitioner at Crawley Foot Health Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic, worked for Brighton Health Authority where she was in charge of school children’s chiropody services.
She also held clinics within the diabetic department at Sussex County Hospital and community clinics throughout Brighton Health District and was a key member of the skin surgery and biomechanics teams.
As a practitioner registered with The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) it is required that regular continuing professional development (CPD) is maintained. This requires attendance at courses and seminars to keep the practitioner updated with the latest developments in treatment techniques and new findings in medical conditions. Practitioners are audited every two years by The HCPC to make sure they are fit to practise and meet the registration criteria. Regular CPD is also a prerequisite of membership of The College of Podiatry.
HPC Registration Number CH7305
A podiatrist is qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders, and to deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the lower limb or leg.
Podiatrists treat sports injuries and children’s feet, as well as foot problems in people suffering from medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, circulation and heart problems.
General Foot Treatment and Advice
This includes corns, calluses, hard skin, athlete’s foot, fungal infections of skin and nails, cracked heels, painful feet, policeman’s heel, arch pain, ankle pain, heel pain, sweaty feet, thick hard–to–cut nails, ingrowing toe nails, verrucae, and footwear advice.
Ingrowing Toe Nails
Ingrowing toe nails are often the result of poor nail–cutting technique, but may also be due to damage caused by shoes, sports or trauma such as dropping things on the nail or stubbing the toe.
Treatment may just involve simply reshaping the side of the nail and retraining nail growth.
Biomechanical Assessments and Custom–Made Orthotics
A podiatric biomechanical assessment is the investigation of foot function in relation to the lower limbs and posture or how the foot works in conjunction with the ankles, knees, hips, back, neck and head.
Often a pain in the foot or ankle is as a result of how a joint or joints further up the body are functioning and this leads the body to try to compensate.
During the assessment a patient is asked to bring in an assortment of well–worn shoes to give an idea of shoe sole wear which shows how the foot loads itself during walking. The patient will be asked to walk so the gait cycle can be observed. A full examination of the joints of the lower limb and foot is undertaken, including the range and quality of movement. Various measurements of range of movement of foot joints are taken along with a negative plaster of paris slipper cast.
The casts and assessment results are sent to a laboratory along with a prescription form, and functional orthotic devices are made following the prescription for that patient and his or her particular problems. The orthotics are worn in all shoes and are a bit like glasses for the feet in that they compensate for the foot problem and hold the foot in the correct position to allow it to function optimally.
All new patients are required to fill out detailed medical history forms including all prescription medication. We recommend arriving 5 minutes before your initial appointment in order to complete these.
In common with many other businesses we no longer accept cheques.
We do not accept American Express or Diners Cards.
As the surgery is located in the town centre there are a number of car parks close by including on–street parking in Crawley High Street.
You can control a small amount of hard skin by gently rubbing with a pumice stone or chiropody sponge and applying a moisturising cream to the feet daily. The cream delays callus build–up and helps improve the skin’s natural elasticity.
Most calluses are symptoms of an underlying problem like a bony deformity, a particular style of walking, or inappropriate footwear. Some people have a natural tendency to form callus because of their skin type. Elderly people have less fatty padding tissue on the soles of their feet and this can lead to callus forming on the balls of the foot. In this case a padded insole in the shoe can be helpful.
There are more sweat glands per inch in our feet than anywhere else in the body, and their function is to keep the skin moist and therefore supple. They produce sweat all the time not just in response to heat, but are also very sensitive to emotion so mental or emotional stress can also be a trigger for excessive sweat.
Simple hygiene is usually effective in dealing with sweaty feet. Careful consideration of footwear and socks is essential. Well–fitting shoes made of leather, which allow your feet to breath are best. As a lot of sweat is absorbed by insoles and the uppers of shoes allow them to dry out thoroughly before wearing them again, if possible try not to wear the same shoes every day.
Removable insoles are a good idea if the same shoes have to be worn daily — swap insoles instead. Socks that absorb moisture well, such as wool or wool/cotton mixtures will also help. Always wash socks before using them again.
An added problem that often accompanies sweaty feet is foot odour. This is caused by bacteria on the skin breaking the sweat down, which releases an offensive smell. This can usually be prevented by careful hygiene such as washing the feet with an anti–bacterial soap such as Hibiscrub, or the anti–bacterial hand gels. These gels, used sparingly, can also be of benefit on the inside of shoes to ‘tame’ bacterial populations.
Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection. It can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin, redness and scaling. It can occur on moist, waterlogged skin, especially between the fourth and fifth toes, or on dry, flaky skin around the heel or elsewhere on the foot.
It is caused by a number of fungal species, and once your feet have been contaminated, the warm dark and moist environment of feet cramped in shoes or trainers provides the ideal breeding ground for the fungus.
Firstly, change your footwear on a regular basis. There is no point sorting your feet out if you constantly re–infect them by putting them into damp, fungally infected shoes. It takes 24–48 hours for shoes to dry out properly, so alternate your shoes daily.
Wash your feet daily and allow them to dry properly before putting on socks and shoes Many of the over–the–counter creams, ointments, lotions, powders of dry powder sprays are very effective. However, most of them take up to 4 weeks to work so a degree of commitment and perseverance is required because treatment failure and early recurrence of the infection are common problems if the recommended course of treatment is not followed.
If your condition is severe, keeps recurring, or is associated with nail infection then it would be wise to seek your doctor’s advice.
A verruca is a viral infection that is commonly caught in places that are damp and people are going around barefoot such as changing rooms at swimming pools and leisure centres. The virus needs healthy dividing skin cells for its survival. There are many different treatments available to deal with verrucae, but the two most effective and painless that we use are compeed blister/corn plasters and banana skin.
The Compeed is a ‘smart’ plaster: a plastic plaster that allows moisture out from the skin but prevents moisture, light and oxygen through the plaster thus denying the virus the healthy environment that it needs for its survival. The ‘trick’ with Compeed is to keep each plaster on for as long as possible. They will usually survive a shower a day and stay in place for a week. Keep on applying the plasters until the verruca disappears. The plasters will do no harm to perfectly healthy skin, however follow the advice on the Compeed carton.
The other treatment is banana skin. Cut a piece of banana skin to roughly the size of the verruca and put the side of the banana skin that is closest to the fruit onto the verruca and secure it in place with surgical tape. Every time the tape comes off replace the treatment with fresh banana skin until the verruca is clear. This usually takes approximately 4–6 weeks.
There is an enzyme in banana skin that prevents abnormally rapid skin cell division. The verruca virus normally makes the skin cells divide very rapidly to ensure its survival, therefore the banana skin stops the virus from surviving.
Both these treatments are safe, painless and gentle. There is no need to rub, scrape or pare down the verruca with either of them. However, they do both require a certain amount of perseverance.
6 Haslett Avenue West
Monday: 7am to 5pm
Tuesday: 7am to 7pm
Wednesday: 7am to 5pm
Friday: 7am to 5pm
How to find us
Crawley Foot Health, Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic is on Haslett Avenue West, close to all the Crawley town centre car parks as well as the bus and railway stations.