Podiatry Service

Having MS or Parkinson’s can cause problems with your feet. You may also find it more difficult to look after your feet if you have certain symptoms like a tremor.

Some foot problems, such as corns, bunions and verrucas, can affect anyone, whether they have MS or Parkinson’s or not. But there are other foot problems that are related to these conditions, such as:

  • Problems with walking
  • Ankle Swelling
  • Dystonia and toe curling
  • Pain or a burning sensation
  • Numbness or tingling

A podiatrist is a healthcare professional specialising in the care of feet. They can give you tips to help with these issues.

MSPC offers an in-house Podiatry service with Louise Nixon on the first Tuesday of every month (except January), with appointments available from 9:15am to 3pm.  Appointments are 15-20 minutes long.  Please phone Kirsty on 03 366 2857 or email support@ms-pd.org.nz to book.

The cost is $45 (subsidised by MSPC) and is paid directly to Louise on the day of your appointment.

General Foot Care Tips at Home:

  • Wash your feet daily in warm, but not hot, water (or cool water for hot feet) with a gentle soap that does not irritate the skin.
  • Do not soak them for any longer than an average bath time, as this may destroy some of the skin’s natural oils.
  • Dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes. Do not try to get a towel between your toes if they are curled or rigid – try using a baby wipe instead.
  • If your skin is dry, use moisturising cream all over your feet except between the toes. You could also use lanolin wax or olive oil.
  • Apply moisturiser little and often – two times a day if possible.
  • Elevate your feet if painful.
  • Remove hard skin by rubbing gently with a pumice stone.
  • If your skin is very thick or hard, a foot file can help. They are usually wide and have a handle which can give you a good grip. If you have hard skin that is painful, speak to your podiatrist.
  • You should file your toenails weekly with a nail file (emery board). You may also find a ‘diamond deb’ file useful because it is stronger with a rougher surface. This can help you deal with more difficult parts of your feet.
  • Don’t file your nails too short or down at the corners, as this can lead to ingrowing nails.
  • Do not cut corns, calluses or ingrown nails yourself, or treat them with corn cures or corn plasters. These contain strong acids, which, if not used properly, can lead to burns or ulcers.
  • It may be helpful to avoid nail clippers or scissors because they are sharp, especially if you experience tremor or involuntary movements.
  • Get treatment as soon as possible for burns, cuts and breaks in the skin, or if you notice any unusual changes in colour, smell, or temperature.
  • Avoid exposing your feet to extreme temperatures and dampness.
  • Exercise whenever possible, to improve the circulation in your feet.
  • Extend the life and fit of your shoes by using a shoehorn and shoe trees.
  • Don’t wear the same shoes all the time. This will lengthen the life of each pair and spread the pressures on your feet.