.David Towers
..Podiatrist and Chiropodist


Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Podiatrists offer advice and treatment for all foot related problems.

I operate a surgery in Wollaton, Nottingham. 

Common Foot Problems
such as hard skin, corns, verrucae, thickened nails, athletes foot and ingrown toenails.

Biomechanics and Orthotics
Biomechanics enable me to diagnose structural problems in your feet. These can alter your walking pattern and cause pain throughout your body.
I can evaluate the way you walk and determine if you are a candidate for prescription foot orthotics.
Prescription orthotics can help relieve your discomfort by improving the efficiency of your walking pattern.

I use a state of the art computer gait analysis system called TOG Gaitscan.

Many of the common foot problems are caused by biomechanical dysfunction and can be alleviated by wearing prescription orthotics.

Common Foot Problems

1. Hard Skin
Hard skin is produced to protect areas subject to friction. In the feet, this friction is caused by heightened activity, poor fitting footwear or a malfunctioning foot. A certain amount of hard skin is natural. Excessive amounts of hard skin may cause discomfort ranging from aching to a burning sensation.
This excess hard skin can be reduced to normal levels to alleviate the symptoms.

2. Corns
Corns are areas of hard skin produced by a constant localised pressure and friction. The localised pressure causes the hard skin to form into a conical shape that will give acute pain similar to the sensation of having a sharp piece of gravel in the shoe.
Corns are removed and the causing factor identified in order to prevent its return.

3. Thickened Nails
Nails become thickened for different reasons. It can be the result of physical damage or a fungal infection. Thickened nails can be reduced to relieve the pressure exerted by footwear and to make them easier to maintain.
For fungal infections, referral to a GP for prescription medicines may be required.

4. Verrucae
A virus causes verrucae and warts. A verruca can show itself in different ways. The most common appearance is as a small raised area of hard skin with little red or black dots. They are often painful.
Cryosurgery is a fast and effective way of treating verrucae and warts and is available at the surgery.

5. Athletes Foot
Athletes foot is a fungal infection that gains access through broken skin. Feet in damp conditions such as swimming baths and Gyms are prone to this.
If not treated, the fungal infection can spread to the nails.

6. Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail is a very painful condition. The nail pierces the skin as a result of physical damage or maybe a sharp edge has been left after cutting the nails. The break in the skin can then let infection in.
Depending on the nature of the condition, infection can be cleared up, sharp edges removed and if necessary, a small section of nail can be removed to allow the break in skin to heal before the nail grows back normally.

7. Bunions
Bunions cause problems for lots of people. The toe joint becomes enlarged and then the big toe deflects towards the other toes. This may lead to the formation of corns and other symptoms, which can be treated as normal

8. Chilblains
Chilblains are quite rare in this modern age where the majority of houses have central heating.
Advice on the general care of feet should reduce the incidences of chilblains.

9. Diabetes
Anybody with Diabetes will have been told that they need to take special care of their feet.
Simple problems with feet can turn into something more severe if not attended to promptly. The main difficulty is that a diabetic will not always be aware there is a potential problem. Therefore, regular checks of the feet must be made by a qualified Chiropodist.

Biomechanics and Orthotics

Sports or outdoor activity injuries and many other foot problems can be caused by a misalignment of the feet. This can cause foot, ankle, knee, hip, back, and neck pain. A biomechanical assessment will identify any misalignment. This can then be compensated for by prescription of corrective Orthotics.

Orthotics reinstate the timing mechanism of the foot, decrease compensation, prevent further deformity and redirect stress into the joint to set up new joint surfaces and axes of motion.

I conduct a biomechanical assessment including

history of symptoms and activity
study of posture
range of motion of lower limbs
relative positional measurements
foot mobility
and if required, a brief observation of walking pattern on the treadmill.

To enhance my assessment, I also use the TOG Gaitscan system.

The TOG GaitScan equipment offers state of the art foot assessment technology. It works in 4 simple steps.

1. Scans Foot
As you walk across the plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of your foot over time.

2. Maps Foot Pressure
From your step, the computer then displays on its screen, 2-D and 3-D visual representations of the pressures under your feet.

3. Prints Report
This information is also summarised in an analysis report that can be printed for you to see. The report findings enable me to evaluate your foot function and determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are related to faulty foot mechanics.

4. Determines need for Orthotic Therapy
This information will assist me to determine your need for orthotic therapy and will aid the lab in manufacturing prescrition orthotics to support your feet.

There are a wide range of orthotics available to cater for all requirements, whether it be for general use or for specific applications such as running, cycling, golfing, skiing, diabetics, work boots or dress shoes.


Some problems may also require the attention of a Physiotherapist in conjunction with or instead of Orthotic therapy.

Contact Details:

Telephone (0115) 877 3395

e-mail .......david@totalfeet.co.uk

If I am busy or away from the telephone, the answer machine will activate. Leave your telephone number and name and I will return your call as soon as I can.
(Normally lunchtime or early evening)

e-mails will be picked up early evening.


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168a Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham. NG8 2QP.

My room is situated upstairs within Mayfields Hairdressing Salon at Bramcote Lane. There are ample parking places next to and near the surgery.

Our building is between Jade Garden Chinese take away and Bet Fred the bookmakers.


at 168a Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham are

Wednesday .......9:00 to 5:00.
Thursday ...........9:00 to 5:00.
Friday ...............9:00 to 5:00.

Saturdays .........Every other Saturday morning,


Other times can be arranged if required


Home visits

Are made on Tuesdays to those in the local area who can not attend the surgery.


Dr W (Nottingham GP)

As a runner I have suffered with plantar fasciitis, a painful heel condition, in both feet. Despite seeing other specialists and having traditionally made Orthotics, injuries continued. I saw an advert for David Towers who offered foot scanning. Using this more sophisticated assessment, he was able to prescribe me the correct Orthotics for my problems.
Very quickly the heel pain subsided and I have enjoyed an injury free period of running ever since.


Mr D aged 46 - Nottingham

Orthotics have given me my legs back!

It came as a serious blow to me 2 years ago to have to give up tennis due to knee, hip and lower back pain. Having got no where with doctors (who deemed me fit because I could walk in and out of the surgery) I made an appointment with David Towers on a suspicion that my feet were something to do with the problem.
After a Biomechanical Assessment by David my Orthotics were made and fitted..
These Orthotics have transformed my life! After a short bedding in period, I can now play tennis freely without worrying about all the old aches and pains that used to linger for days after. I can run hard and compete with the teenagers again. Less energetic pursuits such as hill walking are also a pleasure again. My legs feel like new and I'm enjoying them.


Mr. J of Derby

When running, I used to get repeated problems with my calf. After having a Biomechanical Assessment and Orthotics supplied by David Towers, I was able to train for the London Marathon injury free.


Mr B of Leicester

I was recommended to see David Towers by my sports physio. I had various calf muscle strains caused by running. I had previously been prescribed 2 different pairs of orthotics. David Towers has offered a more sophisticated approach and methodology. He provided a state of the art computer assessment technique for determining the Orthotics I required both for running and normal use. It was a comprehensive, knowledgeable and thorough service.
The Orthotics provided are helping minimise the stresses and strains I am imposing on my body when running and long distance walking.



SMAE Institute

The Orthotic Group

Health and Care Professions Council


David Towers MSSCh. DipPodMed. MBChA.