What is Podiatry?
Podiatry and Chiropody are interchangeable titles, and is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and medical management of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limb.
The human foot is a bio-engineering masterpiece with its complex marvel of 26 bones (one-quarter of all the bones in the human body), 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments and tendons. These are all linked by a vast network of nerves, muscles, blood vessels, soft tissue and skin, working in unison to provide the support, strength, flexibility and resiliency needed for things most of us take for granted. The Podiatrist is the medical expert of this complex wonder.
General foot care
You don’t need to have a particular problem to benefit from treatment. Nails are trimmed, any thickened nails can be painlessly reduced and hard skin and corns are removed. The feet are then smoothed and moisturised. Regular visits can prevent problems from occurring.
Biomechanics and Sports Injuries
Podiatric Biomechanics is the study of the structure, function and movement of the foot and lower limb. Every consultation, management and treatment plan will be different, in the same way that every patient is different. Following an extensive examination and gait analysis, Orthotics (specialist insoles) may be made to your individual prescription. Orthotics fit neatly into the shoe and aim to alleviate and even prevent problems such as flat feet, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, foot pain, and ankle sprains to name but a few. Call in today for a consultation and the Podiatry team will be at hand to offer expert and specialist advice and assessments, tailored to your individual needs.
Corns, calluses and rough skin
Callus is unsightly and uncomfortable hard skin. If left untreated it can become painful, crack and develop into a corn. Prompt treatment and advice will ensure an end to this problem.
Ingrown nails are painful, debilitating and can often become infected if not treated quickly. Both conservative and surgical management of the problem is available. A consultation with your Podiatrist is strongly recommended to put an end to this painful problem.
Verrucae are a type of wart affecting the feet. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and if left untreated can spread and become painful. Each verrucae and patient is unique, and each consultation and management plan will be different.
Fungal infection of the skin and nails
Fungal nails become thickened and discoloured and eventually painful and unsightly. The Podiatrist can greatly reduce the thickened nails making them look and feel better, along with the supply of medications to treat the fungus. Athlete’s foot can cause itchiness and irritation as well as dry scaly skin. Treatment and advice will be given during your consultation to help give relief.
Other common condition treated
Bunions, Mortons Neuroma, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, clawed toes, all arthritic changes within the foot including Rheumatoid arthritis, foot pain, heel spur, Severs Disease, Patello-femoral knee problems, tendinopathies, Knees (meniscus, ligament problems), Shin Splints, flat feet, sports/ overuse related injuries hypermobility.
Home and hospital visits
Although Our Podiatrists are available in our well-equipped surgeries where we can give the most complete care, Home Visits are available locally at home for the housebound and for care homes
Biomechanics (Full Assessment)
Biomechanics (Paediatric Assessment)
Non Surgical Ingrowing Toenail Treatment
Home Visits (Dependant on Distance)
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