General Podiatry

Routine Podiatry encompasses the full range of conditions and treatments, affecting the feet and associated structures.

Unfortunately the usual perception of our Profession is that of dealing with nail cutting, corns and hard skin. Unfortunately, the importance of this is misunderstood, as these simple conditions can become quite debilitating. The simple ingrown, damaged or fungally effected nail can cause great distress to patients if and when they become infected.

Corns are an excessive build up of dead skin due to pressure and can press on the nerves in the feet causing pain. In extreme cases they can damage the surrounding healthy skin and become infected. Similarly with hard skin this can fissure (crack) and these can become very deep, sore and again can become infected.

So, maintenance of these can be very important. Callus (excessive hard skin) can also be indicators of abnormal foot function, and the modern Podiatrist is trained to recognise these symptoms, which may be postural in nature affecting other joints of the skeleton.

We also deal with sprains, strains, injuries, lumps and bumps etc affecting the feet.

Maintenance or Cure

We focus not only on individual symptoms, but also their long term management, prevention and cure where possible.

Patients are given choices whether they wish a regular routine maintenance approach to their problem or more curative treatments.

These treatments can involve musculo-skeletal rebalancing, by the use of functional Orthoses (specialised prescription shoe insoles), sometimes just simple less expensive balanced insoles will be sufficient. In some cases where a surgical solution is warranted this can be passed over to Mr Graham Howell Consultant Podiatrist, who can undertake your Podiatric Surgical needs.

We cover the full range of diagnostics and treatments for foot problems, which can be discussed in depth with your practitioner.

What's the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?

There is strictly speaking no difference between Chiropody and Podiatry.
It is the same subject and the practitioners are the same. Podiatry is simply the international term for Chiropody.
The profession is now adopting the term Podiatrist rather than the traditional title Chiropodist.

Only Professionals that are registered with the Governmental Body the Health Professions Council (HPC), can call themselves Podiatrists or Chiropodists as these are now protected titles. Anyone acting as a Podiatrist (or Chiropodist), that is not HPC registered is now breaking the law. Please check for HPC Registration