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Feeling good about yourself isn’t always about mind over body. Sometimes to get that peace of mind it takes that little bit extra to get there. At Baddow Hospital we can get you back to your active full on self – feeling good and looking good.

Baddow Hospital is Essex newest state-of-the-art hospital. Designed to exacting standards by the medical staff it has become renowned for its excellence in cosmetic surgery. Since opening in 2013 Baddow Hospital has attracted some of the region’s most prominent plastic and aesthetic surgeons to locate their busy practices with us.

“The combination of the most modern digital theatre, separate anaesthetic room and superb recovery facilities plus caring and specialist staff makes Baddow Hospital the ideal environment for carrying out our professional skills” says Prof Jim Frame , consultant plastic surgeon. The discreet surroundings, ample car parking, luxurious recovery pods (and overnight rooms where required) make it the perfect place to embark upon your makeover.

Whether it is a breast enhancement procedure or a mini eyebrow lift or a full “mommy makeover” or a hair replacement Baddow hospital’s team of expert consultants and staff can take you through the various clinical options open to you giving you an honest price estimate for the procedure (and can even offer finance).

Click on the items below to read more about common issues we treat:

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Hallux valgus, more commonly known as a bunion, is a condition where your big toe is angled excessively towards the second toe. The “bunion” is the bony prominence or lump that occurs on the side of the big toe. A bunion is not an abnormal bone growth or tumour.

Pressure from the big toe can lead to a deformity in the second toe pushing the other toes sideways as well. This can cause swelling, irritation and a burning sensation which can get progressively worse. It can also bring on the development of corns and calluses.

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Bunion deformities are quite common within family groups and therefore there is a significant hereditary factor. They are more common with women, probably because of the restrictive shoes they wear, such as high heels with narrow toe boxes. Having said this, bunion sufferers can also be found in societies where shoes are rarely worn so there is no one main cause. In many respects poor footwear will exacerbate the bunion issue rather than be the sole cause of it.

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Bunions are a complex deformity and generally your treatment will depend on the severity of the bunion. However, there is no doubt that in many cases a severe bunion will have a negative impact on what you can do and wear over time. Conservative treatment can include shoe modifications, foot padding, anti-inflammatory medication, orthoticss, and occasionally injections may be recommended as a way of diminishing the painful symptoms. However, quite often the deformity requires surgery and the type of surgery depends on the severity of the bunion.

One of our experienced specialist surgeons will discuss your condition with you, and may recommend surgical treatment. There are literally dozens of surgical procedures which have been developed over the past 150 years to treat the bunion deformity. A suitable surgical procedure may be recommended to you (or not) based on a full diagnosis and an evaluation of the severity of the deformity and your level of discomfort. Bunions can lead to other conditions such as hammertoes, which can be treated at the same time.

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As a general rule, bunion surgical procedures are performed on a day case basis. Following surgery, the foot is bandaged and a post- operative shoe is worn for two weeks. Trainers may be worn after the second week but it is generally recommended that weight bearing exercise and prolonged standing and walking is restricted for the first 6 – 8 weeks after the operation.

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Corns and calluses are in fact a clever way of protecting your feet from blisters or open sores. Your body builds up the hard and dead skin to toughen the area where there excessive pressure or friction. The most common location for calluses is on the ball of the foot but can also occur on top of or between the toes. However, when the corn or callus becomes too thick redness and pain may result. Corns and calluses can develop in both the young and older individual.

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Your shoes can cause structural changes in your toes and the ball of the foot and normally a typical foot can carry our weight and these changes quite comfortably. However, the development of painful corns and calluses is usually symptomatic of something else : excessive pressure on particular joints, loss of protective padding (due to ageing) or skin rubbing against shoes leading to reddish inflamed sacs developing called a bursa.

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When corns and calluses are causing only mild discomfort often the best solution is to wear wider and more comfortable shoes allowing your toes to move. Gentle use of a pumice stone to thin any corns or calluses may provide some relief from symptoms.

When these treatment options are no longer providing the comfort you need, consultation with podiatrist Mr Graham is is advised to discuss surgical options.

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The most common toe deformities are hammer toes, claw toes, and bone spurs. These involve the lesser toes (2nd to 5th toes). In a hammer toe most commonly the second toe becomes bent up and can’t straighten during walking. Quite often corns develop where the bend rubs against your shoe this can also lead to redness, swelling and even open ulcers. It can be very painful.

A claw toe is where the toe is bent at both the middle knuckle and tip of the toe. This actually isn’t a skin problem but a sore after effect of the skin being irritated between your toes and shoe.

Quite often you are born with a predisposition to hammer or claw toe and people with flat or high arched feet are prone to develop the symptoms as well. Over time, your foot mechanics and shoes can acerbate the deformity. Again women are more frequently affected largely because of the shoes (and tight thin stockings) they wear.

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Ironically, a hammer toe or claw toe can look severely deformed and cause no pain while a mildly deformed toe can be excruciatingly painful. There is no exact pattern. Pain and corns can develop over the toes due to the friction of the shoe and this can lead to the development of an inflamed tissue sac called a bursitis. If left untreated the toes can become rigid and can’t be straightened. As it progresses your foot mecanics become painful and can even seize up restricting your ability to walk and exercise. Wearing high heeled shoes becomes very difficult and painful.

Hammer toes and claw toes are sometimes caused or made worse by a bunion deformity involving the big toes.

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When hammer toes and claw toes are causing mild to moderate pain less invasive and conservative treatments will be recommended including change of footwear to broader shoes types and lower heels sizes. Cushions and pumice stones used to thin callouses and corns can also provide relief. Mr Graham will advise you accordingly.

If your condition is severe enough that traditional treatments cannot help, then surgery may be recommended by Mr Graham. The longer the condition goes unchecked, the greater risk that surgery will be necessary. If you have any of these symptoms, it is best to come see us as soon as possible to avoid more invasive procedures.

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The main aim of surgery is to restore your toe’s alignment and joint function. If there is still flexibility in the toe, then the tight tendons can be released through a small incision. If the toe is inflexible, the knuckle is straightened and returned to a normal alignment. Sometimes a small pin is inserted into the bone to maintain the correct position whilst it heals.

Following surgery, the foot is bandaged and a post operative shoe is worn for one week. Trainers can be worn after the first week. Exercise and prolonged standing are restricted for the first 2-8 weeks and then (after consultation with your podiatrist) you’ll be able to resume your normal activities and wear more fashionable shoes.

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This condition occurs when the toenail cuts into the surrounding skin. It can be caused by a curving of the nail, improper nail clipping, too high heeled or narrow shoes an toe deformities such as a bunion. Your big toe most commonly gets an ingrowing nail.

Symptoms may range from mild discomfort to prolonged conditions which become infected. When infected, the toenail area becomes red, swollen and painful with possible infection. For some people ingrown nails are a once off but for others it can be a regular occurrence.

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If you are prone to this affliction cut your nails rounded and keep them relatively short.

If the nail does become red and inflamed, soak the toe in warm, soapy water with a handful of salt and carefully trim nail. If this does not alleviate your symptoms then make an appointment with Mr Graham.

When conservative treatment options are no longer providing the comfort you need, consultation with Mr Graham is advised to discuss surgical options.

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If the ingrown condition is mild, your podiatrist can simply cut the nail properly and this can alleviate your symptoms. However, if the area is infected, then Mr Graham will probably need to remove the nail section that is causing the infection – this toe will be numbed before the removal. The toe will stay numb for a few hours after the procedure but within 24 hours you should be back to normal with your toe feeling substantially improved.

If the condition tends to recur, there is a permanent solution that Mr Graham can discuss with you.

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