What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a health profession that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limb in the general and sporting populations.
General Podiatry (chiropody)
General podiatry involves the treatment of skin and nail disorders such as corns, calluses, verrucae and ingrown toenails, as well as managing neurological and circulatory diseases such as diabetes.
Please be advised that if you have diabetes, it is particularly important to have any corns, calluses and ingrown toenails treated regularly (every 6-8 weeks) by a podiatrist to avoid possible complications.
Sports Podiatry deals with pain and injuries related to biomechanical function in the lower limbs and feet. This often involves problems with the ball of the foot, big toe, arch, heel, ankle, shin, knee, hip and back.
A sports Podiatrist will be able to identify if a patient's injury is caused by poor structural alignment or poor lower limb and foot function.
In order to prevent your injury becoming more serious and debilitating, early intervention strategies are devised to stabilise and correct the biomechanical factors involved which may include:
- Muscle stretching exercises
- Muscle strengthening exercises
- Customised and lightweight flexible orthotics
- Footwear advice (work, casual, running, sporting boots)
- Foot/ankle padding and strapping
When should I see a Podiatrist?
Many people do not know when to visit a foot specialist and many podiatrists find that patients wait longer than they need to before seeking treatment, putting up with pain unnecessarily. Small aches and pains in the legs, feet and ankles may resolve without treatment within a couple of days, others don’t, and it is then that you should consult a podiatrist. If you are worried about any pain you are experiencing in your lower limbs or feet, whether acute or chronic, our podiatrist will be able to help.
How long will my appointment be?
The length of appointment will depend upon the type of treatment required.
Patients will need to allow up to 1 hour for a biomechanical and gait analysis. This will include a cast/scan for custom foot orthotics when required.
General podiatry and verruca treatments will both require up to 30 minutes per appointment.
Initial verruca treatments will require 30 minutes. Follow up verruca treatments will require 15-20 minutes depending on the amount of lesions that require treatment.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
It is helpful to us if you bring all of the footwear you normally wear with you. If you require a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis please bring a pair of shorts and the trainers or sporting shoes/boots you wear whilst playing/participating.
Do I need a Doctor’s referral to get a private appointment?
No, you do not need a referral to see our podiatrists. You contact us directly and book a convenient appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments may be made by calling 020 8542 7788. Alternatively, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to arrange a convenient time.