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Podiatry & Chiropody

Podiatry or Chiropody - is the branch of medicine that deals with the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and deformities of the human foot and lower limb.

  • The word podiatrist is derived from the Greek word “pous” or “pod” meaning foot. Iatros means medicine or one who heals, so by definition the practitioner is one who heals the foot!
  • Nowadays, the terms, “podiatry”, and “chiropody” are essentially interchangeable.

In the UK, a podiatrist or chiropodist must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) in order to use the title. The title has been protected by law since 2003. The HPC are concerned with ensuring and maintaining acceptable standards of practise. Many Chiropodists and Podiatrists also belong to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, a professional body and trade union. Practitioners are qualified to perform minor surgery and prescribe medicines or orthopaedic devices.

During an initial consultation, the patient will have a detailed medical history taken.

You might see a Chiropodist or Podiatrist for the following:

  • ingrown toenails and thickened nail plates
  • bunions
  • veruccas (plantar warts)
  • corns, calluses and blisters
  • fungal infections, and painful cracks in the skin
  • painful plantar fascia
  • overuse injuries caused by mechanical overloading of the feet
  • they also give advice relating to foot care and footwear.

In the case of ingrown toenails, conservative treatment will be considered before nail surgery is recommended. Surgery involves destruction of the nail bed under local anaesthetic, resulting in partial or entire removal of the nail.

Orthotic Therapy

Walking, running, and standing are everyday activities that subject the body to considerable stresses and forces. Three to five times the weight of the human body is generated in force upon every strike of the foot. This is then transformed into forward and upward motion. Orthotic therapy manages that force, by providing correctly aligned support to the foot. The benefits include:

  • Relief of foot pain
  • Control and correction of abnormal gait patterns
  • Improvement in shock absorption
  • Protection for vulnerable areas such as corns and calluses
  • Relief from foot-symptoms associated with ageing and wear
  • Reduction in symptoms of the lower back, hip, knee and ankle that may be generated from foot abnormalities.
  • Reduction in fatigue of the foot and lower limb
  • Support for collapsed arches

Before being prescribed orthotics, you will be examined whilst standing and walking. This is done at our clinic using the Gait Scan computer technology, which measures pressure and force placed on your feet whilst walking normally. Our customised orthotics to be made to your exact requirements.

Cryo-Surgery

Cryo-surgery is a form of treatment for viral lesions such as Verrucae Pedis. It involves the application of liquid nitrogen to the surface of the lesion, using a probe. The liquid nitrogen freezes the lesion, causing rupture and implosion of the infected cells. This allows the body’s own inflammatory and healing responses to clear the virus (and therefore, the lesion). Several treatments may be required before the lesion is completely resolved.

Criteria for treating a verrucae:

  • The lesion is growing in size
  • There are more lesions appearing
  • The lesion is painful

Cryo-surgery is not recommended for children under the age of eleven. Verrucae Pedis will resolve of its own accord when the body’s own immunity is sufficiently equipped to deal with it.

We also use Gait Scan Analysis to assist with our Podiatry treatments.

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