Hello. I’m Lloyd Morgan and I established Mote Park Podiatry to provide high-quality specialist and general foot care within the Mote Park area of Maidstone and beyond.
Situated by the picturesque Mote Park, I offer a comprehensive foot care service, and specialise in treating individuals in need of nail surgery, diabetic foot care, and biomechanics.
Treatment is available for many common foot problems, including corns, callous, verrucae, etc.
Did you know that corns, callous, ingrowing toenails, aches and pains are all possibly due to factors other than footwear alone?
Mechanical stresses upon your feet such as work, sport and possible underlying illnesses, combined with how your gait is functioning (called biomechanics) could also be something you’ve overlooked? Why not book in a consultation?
For many years I treated and served the Maidstone community’s feet, primarily on a domiciliary basis, and through nursing, residential and care homes.
I’m very keen on advancing and honing my skills and knowledge by attending many Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses, and more recently have achieved a qualification in local anaesthetics, in conjunction with Queen Margaret’s University.
A thirst for knowledge and development has just led me to embark on my next qualification: prescription medicines.
Lloyd Morgan, MSSCh MBChA,
HCPC Registered Number: CH18819
Mote Park Vision
I will treat every patient with respect, undertaking a thorough and detailed assessment of the foot and lower limb, enabling myself to develop a diagnosis and manage the patient throughout their podiatry treatment.
You will always be consulted in a comfortable, safe, and sterile surgical environment.
General Foot Care
- Corns, Callous, etc.
- Nail Surgery
- Please contact the clinic
Hard corns – commonly appear on tops of toes and the balls of the foot, they form as a small area of concentrated hard skin up to the size of a small pea usually within a wider area of thickened skin or callus. This can be symptomatic of the feet or toes not functioning properly, due to deformity or possibly, a poor gait.
Soft corns – these form in a similar way to hard corns but appear between toes where the skin is moist from sweat or from being inadequately dried. They tend to be whitish in colour, and rubbery in texture.
Seed corns – these are tiny corns, about the size of a sesame seed. They tend to occur either singly or in clusters on the bottom of the foot within an area of callous. Generally not painful, however some people may be aware of them.
Vascular/neurovascular corns – these can be very painful! They can bleed profusely if cut, because both blood vessels and nerve fibres are present in them. They tend to be rare.
Fibrous corns – these tend to occur when corns have been present for a long time and become firmly attached to the deeper tissues. They can also be very painful!
A nail that is curling (involuted or convoluted) into the surrounding tissue, but isn’t actually piercing the skin, isn’t a true ingrowing toenail but is commonly known as one, however these can also feel very painful and can appear red and inflamed.
Causes of ingrowing/involuted toenails, include your posture (the way you stand), your gait (the way you walk) and any foot deformity such as a bunion, hammer toes or excessive pronation of the feet (when your foot rolls inward excessively).
Some people have nails which may have a natural tendency to splay or curl out instead of growing straight, encouraging your nail to grow outwards or inwards into the flesh.
The most common cause is not cutting your toenails properly, such as cutting nails too low along the side in order to relieve the pressure and discomfort of an involuted nail.
Tight footwear, hosiery and socks can also push your toe flesh onto the nail so that it pierces the skin. Also, if you sweat excessively or don’t rotate your footwear, this makes the skin moist and weak so that it is easily penetrated by the nail.
If you have brittle nails with sharp edges, or are in the habit of breaking off bits of nail that are sticking out, you are also more likely to get an ingrowing toenail.
They may also have additional problems including particularly high or low arches in the feet, one leg longer than the other, or a sports injury.
Poor alignment of the feet and legs can cause wear and tear to other parts of the body (similar to poor wheel alignment on a car, which can affect the steering and suspension).
This mal-alignment disrupts normal knee and hip function, as well as increasing forces on the muscles and tendons throughout the lower limbs, which can lead to aches and pain.
This procedure is done under a local anaesthetic where part of the nail is removed (including the root), leaving a permanently narrower nail.
In some cases a total nail avulsion (TNA) may be performed, where the entire nail plate and root are removed. In either case, the chemical phenol is used to cauterise the nail and prevent it regrowing.
To align the feet and body posture to their correct position we need to restore the lower limbs natural angle with the use of orthoses.
Orthoses (or orthotics) are special shoes inserts and are the mainstay of treatment for abnormal foot function.
However, orthoses are often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities, shoe advice and appropriate rehabilitation.
Orthoses can help and treat :
Bunions & Hammer Toes
Outside Knee and Hip Pain
Childrens’ Growing Pains
Corns & Callous
Ball of Foot Pain
Back of Heel Pain
They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is contagious through direct person-to-person contact. There are various forms of HPV, which all relate to various parts of the human body.
The HPV virus is thought to thrive in moist, damp environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and communal shower areas. It is possible to contract verrucae simply by walking across the same floor area as someone with a verruca, especially if you have any small or microscopic cuts or abrasions that make it easier for the virus to penetrate.
Verrucae are most commonly seen in children, teenagers and young adults, largely those who use communal changing rooms.
“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo is absolutely spot on with his observation, with 26 bones (28 including two tiny Sesamoids), 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments, bundles of nerves and many blood vessels, all working in unison, it is indeed a masterpiece of engineering! And one we generally take for granted, and don’t think about until either soreness or pain reminds us of how important our feet are to us.
Work of art? Hmm I think so, however I know it’s a subjective matter!
WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY
Suffer no longer, come and see the best.” A. Harms
Now totally pain free from that pesky corn!” L. McGuire
If you’re looking for a podiatrist in the Maidstone area, please contact Lloyd Morgan to arrange your appointment. Mote Park Podiatry is open Monday to Fridays 8.30am till 5.30pm. Saturday appointments are by request only.