Chiropody

What is Podiatry/Chiropody?

There is no difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist. We are trained to Degree level and have to hold a registration with the Health Care Professions Council, so check that your Podiatrist is HCPC registered.

 

Our team of professional podiatrists are dedicated to your foot health, whether you’re looking for routine care or a specialist assessment. Regular podiatry appointments, even if you are not suffering from a specific complaint, can spot early symptoms and help prevent potential problems.

 

We diagnose and treat a range of foot problems by assessing  the cause of the problem and not only treating the symptoms. 

Hard skin/Callus and corns

Can appear due to areas of prolonged and excess pressure from footwear or due to the way you walk.

Verrucae

They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious; and can be acquired  through direct person to person contact or contact with contaminated objects or surfaces, such as:-towels, shoes and socks, areas surrounding swimming pools, floors of communal changing areas.

Fungal Nails

Fungal nails are caused by the same fungal infection as athletes foot. The nail can become discoloured, brittle and thickened.

Hammer and clawed toes

Can be subject to developing corns due to the shape of them. We can offload these pressure areas and advice on footwear to prevent these problems.

Cracked Heels

This can be caused due to excessive pressure, thin dry skin or even a skin infection. It is paramount that patients with certain medical conditions such as Diabetes are treated with urgency as open cracks is a portal for infection which could cause long term problems.

Athletes Foot/Tinea Pedis

This is a skin infection caused by a fungus that usually appears between the toes.

 

The affected skin may be itchy (not always), red, scaly, dry, cracked or blistered. It’s not usually serious, but should be treated to stop it spreading to other parts of the body or other people

Chilblains

Chilblains are small, itchy swellings on the skin that occur as a reaction to cold temperatures. They most often affect the body’s extremities, such as the toes, fingers, heels, ears and nose and will heal in time if you keep warm however, patients with medical conditions such as Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis will be prone to developing ulcers if the chilblain breaks down.

We also specialise in paediatric podiatry for children and young people of all ages.

Visiting your podiatrist is as important as your routine dentist and optician check-ups – give us a call now to make your appointment.