What is Podiatry and Chiropody?

Welcome to our new blog. We hope to keep you informed about what we do and how we do it, along with a few hints and tips and everything to do with feet etc. So let’s start with a brief look at what we do.

What is a Podiatrist? Well, basically a Podiatrist is a Chiropodist. Confused? There’s no need to be, Podiatry is the new word for the old practice we used to call Chiropody but basically a Podiatrist (Chiropodist) can help you with all sorts of foot problems, including conditions like ingrown toenails and bunions.

Podiatrists are best thought of as a “foot doctor”. They give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems including, toenail problems, corns and calluses, verrucas, athlete’s foot, flat feet, bunions and even smelly feet problems.

So how can we help you? We provide treatment for thickened or discoloured toenails, hard skin and corns, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts/verrucas and scaling or peeling on the soles to name but a few! If you have painful feet, heel or arch pain (often referred to as plantar fasciitis) or a sports injury we can provide footwear advice, orthotics/insoles, padding and arch supports as required to relieve these painful symptoms.

At your first consultation, the podiatrist will provide a full and thorough assessment of your foot health, footwear and discuss any specific concerns that you may have with your feet. Your general health and medication will also be discussed as these can have a direct effect on the health of your feet. We will cut your toenails, remove any hard skin and check your feet for other minor problems such as corns or verrucas and these can usually be treated on the spot. Treatment should be completely painless - our patients regularly comment on how relaxing the treatment is! The appointment usually lasts for around 30 minutes.

Consultations with Philip, our biomechanics specialist, take up to 60 minutes and include a full assessment of your foot problem, in order that a diagnosis can be given along with an appropriate treatment plan. He can also offer various practical and effective treatments that are based on you as an individual, depending on your particular foot problem. This can often be as simple as changing your footwear – high heels are often prescribed to help with heel and shin pain – through to insole provision, specialist foot mobilisation and massage techniques.

We hope this blog has dispelled any misconceptions and has been informative. As to the question, “Do I really need to see a Podiatrist?” This is easy to answer, if your feet hurt, this is the way your body tells you that something may be wrong. Many foot problems can be prevented by visiting a podiatrist regularly. Remember prevention is always better than a cure!


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