What is Podiatry

Podiatry / Chiropody is the treatment and prevention of foot and lower limb disorders.

Podiatrists are qualified healthcare professionals who provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of various foot and lower limb pathologies and injuries.

Treatments on offer:

  • Removal of corns and callus
  • Treatment for in-growing toe-nails
  • Nail surgery
  • Diabetic Foot care
  • Verrucae advice
  • Biomechanics
  • Orthotic/insole advice & fitting
  • Sports injuries
  • General Foot health advice
  • Paediatric care (children)

Biomechanics – is the area of Podiatry that describes the foot and it’s function in mechanical terms. It allows greater understanding of the complex forces that are at work whilst we walk. A Podiatrist will assess and identify any structural or functional abnormalities in posture and walking/running. Exercises may be given to strengthen muscles of the lower legs and feet.

Othotics/Insoles – these sit inside shoes acting to correct foot and limb positioning to gain optimum foot function and relieve pain. Insoles are also used to take pressure off prominent joints.

You may be asked to wear a pair of shorts for a Biomechanical assessment so that posture, foot and leg alignment can be assessed.

Nail Surgery – this is a minor surgical procedure to remove a portion of in-growing nail or in some cases the entire nail. This would be undertaken if an in-growing toe nail became a chronic condition or regularly becomes infected. A local anesthetic is used and the nail bed is chemically treated to prevent re-growth and recurrence of the problem. Regular checks and re-dressings will be undertaken until healing is complete.

NB – patients must undergo a foot health assessment prior to any minor surgery being carried out.

Every day we use our feet and legs to keep mobile and to allow us to get from A to B therefore having healthy feet and legs is very important to keep us healthy, fit and able to be independent.