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The surgery has its own autoclave oven which sterilises using steam and high pressure. Pathogenic agents are eliminated thus preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
After treatment in the autoclave the sterilised instruments are protected in hygienic packaging ready for use.
Correction of misshapen feet and toes
Problems such as cross-over toes can be alleviated by the use of inserts or protective sleeves. These removable inserts are custom-made to fit in the shoe. They are prepared from an especially flexible silicon elastomer.
One of the most common problems seen in our Lézignan-Corbières surgery is in-growing toenails. These can be classed into three groups: tile-shaped, arched, and folded. All three problems can be treated by placing an orthosis (a brace or splint) on the nail.
Even if the nail is only slightly over-curved, this may encourage hyperkeratosis – thickening – at the edge of the nail resulting in pain. The use of an orthosis is an effective remedy.
Prevention of in-growing toenails
Preventative measures are recommended for those who have problems at the edge of the nail – between the nail itself and the cuticle – combined with slow healing processes and therefore need to take special care to avoid wounds. This is typical of patients with arthritis, diabetes, or lymphedema (swellings).
Prevention of recurrence
In-growing toenails are particularly recurrent in adolescents and patients with poor posture (a faulty gait) which cannot be corrected.
Corns and calluses
Corns may develop when a foot is mechanically abnormal, is off-balance, or pushes excessively to one side. They are most frequently found on the top of the little toe or on the outside of the foot.
Corns must be treated carefully since there is a high risk of chronic infection.
A callus is the thickening of skin which occurs on zones of the foot which are subject to pressure. These small, thin pads often appear on toes or on the arch of the foot. Painless, they are covered by a hard flaky corn. Apart from a little occasional filing, calluses do not require treatment.