Miriam Heffernan Chiropodist/Podiatrist
Dublin - Chiropodists

Quality Footcare Treatments

Northside Shopping Centre, 17, Co. Dublin
Phone number (01)8480717


With plentiful experience, we continue to provide quality foot care treatment to our clients on a regular basis. Our services include verruca removal, nail surgery, and ingrown toenail surgery. We believe regular foot care should be as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. Regular foot care is absolutely essential for healthy, painless feet. Painful feet can be indicators of more serious problems within the knee joints, hip joints, or back. Action can be taken to ensure healthy feet. This includes washing your feet everyday in warm soapy water and drying thoroughly, especially between the toes. It is also important to wear correctly fitting shoes. If you have a pain in one or both of your feet, a verruca, or any other foot ailment that is causing you discomfort, call us now to arrange a consultation. We have vast experience and aim to have you back on your feet comfortably, as quickly as we can.


A corn is a small cone shaped area of hard dead skin which presses on the underlying nerve endings and can cause intense pain. They are usually caused by pressure and friction from shoes and the ground surface. Occasionally they are found between the toes but are more commonly found on the ball of the foot and on the top of the toes but they can be found anywhere on the foot. They are often easily removed or reduced in size giving instant relief from pain.


A verruca is simply a wart that is usually found on the soles of your feet, though they can also appear around the toes. In the early stages, a verruca looks like a small, dark, puncture mark but later turns grey or brown. It may become rough and bumpy with a cauliflower-like appearance and may develop a black spot in the middle, which is caused by bleeding. A verruca can grow to half an inch in diameter and may spread into a cluster of small warts.

Verrucae are caused by the human papiloma virus (HPV). This virus is very contagious, but can only be caught by direct contact. It thrives in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and bathrooms. So if an infected bare foot walks across the poolside, it may release virus-infected cells onto the floor. If you then walk on the same floor, you can pick the virus up, especially if you have any small or invisible cuts and abrasions that make it even easier for the virus to penetrate. You could also catch the virus from an infected towel.

Verrucae are harmless however, they can cause a sharp, burning pain if you get one on a weight-bearing area such as the ball or the heel of the foot. Because you are constantly pressing on the area when walking, they can protrude into the skin and become more painful.

When you have verrucae on a non-weight-bearing surface (such as on the top of the foot or on the toes), they protrude above skin level, tend to be fleshier and cause less pain.

Ingrowing Toenail

An ingrowing toenail is one that pierces the flesh of the toe. It can feel as if you have a splinter, and can be extremely painful. In more severe cases, it can cause pus and bleeding. Ingrowing toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too. A nail that is curling (involuted or convoluted) into the flesh, but isn’t actually piercing the skin isn't an ingrowing toenail, but can feel very painful and also appear red and inflamed as well.

There are many genetic factors that can make you prone to ingrowing toenails, explains registered podiatrist Shuja Qureshi, such as your posture (the way you stand), your gait (the way you walk), a foot deformity such as a bunion, hammer toes or excessive pronation of the feet (when your foot rolls in excessively). Your nails may also naturally splay or curl out instead of growing straight, encouraging your nail to grow outwards or inwards into the flesh.

“Tight footwear, tight hosiery and tight socks can also push your toe flesh onto the nail so that it pierces the skin,” says Shuja. “And if you sweat excessively or don’t rotate your footwear, this makes the skin moist, so that it welcomes the nail like a soft sponge. If you have brittle nails with sharp edges or are in the habit of breaking off bits of nails that are sticking out, you’re more likely to get an ingrowing toenail.” However, one of the most common causes is not cutting your toenails properly.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection. It can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin, redness and scaling. It can occur on moist, waterlogged skin especially between the fourth and fifth toes, or on dry, flaky skin around the heels or elsewhere on the foot.

It’s caused by a number of fungal species which you can pick up from anywhere (typically communal areas such as pools, showers and changing rooms) or anywhere where you may walk around barefooted,” says registered podiatrist Shuja Qureshi. “The fungus on each bit of skin that falls away from someone else’s feet can be picked up by you if you’re prone.”

Once your feet have been contaminated, the warm, dark and sweaty environment of feet cramped in shoes or trainers provides the ideal breeding ground for the fungus. However, athlete’s foot also occurs in dry, flaky areas. It’s quite common in summer sandal-wearers. The sun makes your skin dry out, so it loses its natural protective oils; this combined with the constant trauma from sandals makes them more prone to infection.

Fungal Infection

Fungal infection of nails is common. The infection causes thickened and unsightly nails which sometimes become painful. Medication often works well to clear the infection, but you need to take medication for several weeks.

Often the infection is just in one nail, but several may be affected. At first the infection is usually painless. The nail may look thickened and discoloured (often a greeny-yellow colour). Commonly, this is all that occurs and it often causes no other symptoms. However, it can look unsightly.

Sometimes the infection becomes worse. White or yellow patches may appear where the nail has come away from the skin under the nail (the nailbed). Sometimes the whole nail comes away. The nail may become soft and crumble. Bits of nail may fall off. The skin next to the nail may be inflamed or scaly. If left untreated, the infection may eventually destroy the nail and the nailbed, and may become painful. Walking may become uncomfortable if a toenail is affected.

We specialise in:

Prescriptions orthotics made to measure by using the latest feet scanning



Foot warts these are notoriously difficult to treat we have an array of several 
treatments which with diligence are successful in removing these painful growths.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

This entails the surgical removal of the ingrown sides of the nail with phenolization 
which prevents new growth at the nail sides and provides a permanent solution to
recurring ingrown toe nail problems is successful in 95% of cases.

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Opening Hours

Monday 09:00-17:00
Tuesday 08:30-17:00
Wednesday 08:30-17:00
Thursday 08:30-20:00
Friday 08:30-17:00
Saturday 08:30-17:00

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM
Late Night Thursday 8.30PM - 8.00PM
Closed Monday


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Miriam Heffernan Chiropodist/Podiatrist Dublin

Northside Shopping Centre, 17, Co. Dublin
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Phone number (01)8480717