Podiatry assesses and corrects problems arising from the function of the feet. Incorrect movement or function of the foot can not only lead to foot and ankle pain but is often the cause of non-specific knee, back and hip pain.
Podiatry and foot care
Podiatrists are experts at examining the foot and its function. They can look for signs of excess wear and pressure in the foot as well as the movement of the foot while standing, walking or running. With this knowledge, they can prescribe suitable exercises and, if necessary, orthotics (insoles) and advise on correct footwear.
How can podiatry help?
Long term problems of hard skin and corns are often a sign of an underlying functional problem with the foot. A podiatry assessment – and often an orthotic – will usually stop the underlying cause and prevent recurrence. Regular visits for foot health check-ups can dramatically improve mobility and maintain fit, active and pain-free feet and lower limbs. Remember that prevention is always better than cure!
You do not need a referral to book an appointment. You can book a treatment at a time that suits you. Some private insurance providers will however require a referral from the GP.
We’re trained to work with feet and enjoy working with feet that need our help. We’ve dealt with feet that have all manner of problems, shapes and sizes. There is no need to be embarrassed, we are here to help.
A common concern. Conditions such as in growing toenails may be sensitive to treat, however great relief is typically experienced following the treatment of the painful area. In some cases anaesthetic may be used to make your treatment more comfortable.
None, Chiropodist and Podiatrist are interchangeable titles. Podiatrist is the more internationally used term. In the UK both are protected titles by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Chiropody is an old term being phased out of practice.
A biomechanical assessment is a series of examinations undertaken to diagnose the causative factors relating to your foot/ankle/knee/hip or back pain. This is achieved by assessing the way in which you walk (Gait Analysis), muscle/tendon function and the range of motion at specific joints. It is also crucial to assess your footwear and any life style factors that may be contributing to your symptoms.
The outcome of a biomechanical assessment will impact your treatment, which may include: stretching/strengthening prescription, joint mobilisation/manipulation, orthotic prescription, footwear changes, lifestyle modification, steroid injection, shockwave therapy or referral for further treatment i.e. surgical consultation.
We are registered with most major health insurers and are able to treat patients whom have private health insurance in the majority of cases. To make sure your treatment will be covered it is best to call your provider for clarification. Some insurance companies will require a referral from your Doctor in order to make a claim and others will only require a receipt from ourselves.