Our podiatrist is a State Registered with the Health Professions Council. This means he has recognised qualifications, has professional liability insurance and is governed by a professional code of conduct.
He works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and has specialist knowledge about injuries of the lower limb. By working as a close knit team he can consult with the doctors, physiotherapists and nutritionist when needed.
What services do we offer?
Chiropody is the assessment and treatment of common foot disorders, including nails, corns & callus. Problems may be sport related problems such as blisters & hard skin.
Problems can be associated with medical disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis & Diabetes that can contribute to foot problems.
Nail Surgery can be performed for in-growing toe-nails or similar problems
Podiatry is the study of the foot & ankle and mechanical injuries from the waist down as a result of foot function. This includes 'biomechanics', the alignment and function of the lower limb during normal walking and running. The aim is to prevent and treat injury whist improving performance and prolonging sports careers.
Podiatrists also deal with children's growth problems, complications from medical disorders and provide chiropody.
What is involved in the first consultation?
• You will have a 45 minute consultation to allow the therapist to take a detailed history and perform a physical examination to assess the problem. From this a provisional diagnosis and treatment plan can be explained to you.
• Assessment may include:
• Video gait analysis
• Computer foot pressure testing
• Treatment will include advice, exercises, providing prescription foot supports known as orthotics or referral for foot surgery.
• If the podiatrist thinks you need further investigation of the problem, e.g. ultrasound scan or x-ray, they may refer you to one of the sports medicine doctors to arrange this.
What should I wear to the consultation?
• The podiatrist will need to examine from the low back down to the feet. We can provide shorts but wear whatever you will feel most comfortable in.
• Bring any of your shoes or trainers
An orthotic is specialised foot support designed to control and or alter the way the foot, and the rest of the lower limb, works. There are a wide variety of types to suit different shoes and different uses. Sometimes ‘off the shelf’ orthotics are used initially but a custom moulded orthotic may be required.