Our Chiropodists are highly trained professionals specialising in the assessment and treatment of lower limb and foot pathologies. They have undertaken 3 years comprehensive medical training and achieved a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Podiatric Medicine. The Chiropodist is then qualified to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders/diseases of the lower limb and foot.
It is important that your feet are well looked after from an early age to ensure proper growth and development, as it is in later life that problems may present from poor fitting footwear, weak musculature or general neglect of the feet.
Our Chiropodists will assess and offer advice from infants to adults on general foot care, correct footwear, appropriate exercises, and apply a combination of treatment modalities to help your feet stay healthy as long as possible.
All practising Chiropodists at the Foot, Knee and Back Clinics are registered with the Health Professions Council as well as their own regulatory body (i.e. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists). They are all fully insured and comply with a professional code of practice.
Our Chiropodists work closely with other health professionals including GPs, orthopaedic consultants and health visitors. We provide general nail care and foot care including:
- Diabetic screening
- Ingrown toe nails (surgical removal)
- Foot and ankle pain management
- Verrucae treatment
- Biomechanical assessment/orthotic management
Poor nail cutting can lead to an ingrown toenail which can become infected. We offer a range of treatments for addressing ingrown toe nails. For badly inflamed/infected and reoccurring ingrowing nails we recommend nail surgery under local anaesthetic. We have regular nail surgery clinics therefore anyone wanting to be seen quickly should not have a problem getting an appointment.
At the Foot knee and Back Clinics we specialise in the management of Verrucae (VP) and hold regular VP clinics where we offer a range of treatments to suit each individual.
VP’s are caused by a virus (human papilloma virus) which attacks the upper layers of the skin. In the early stages the lesion appears as a small, dark, translucent puncture mark in the skin. More mature lesions will be infiltrated by small blood vessels and have a “rough-cauliflower” surface.
VP’s can appear on the hands or feet and do not always present on the plantar surface of the feet. When VP’s appear on non-weight-bearing surfaces they protrude above the level of the skin. Those that are found on weight-bearing surfaces protrude into the skin and as a result can be painful. They are painful when pinched between the fingers and depending on where they are located can be uncomfortable to walk on.
Usually VP’s can be diagnosed from their clinical appearance; however they can be confused with neurovascular corns and foreign bodies.
VP’s are known to spontaneously regress and it is thought that this is due to immunological responses (Chang 1990). However, they can remain unresolved for several years and usually require treatment. Verrucaes may be single, multiple or mosaic.
Treatment is recommended when the verrucae are painful, when there is viral spread to other areas of the foot, the other foot becomes infected, when the risk of cross-infection is high, and when non-treatment prevents involvement in sporting activities such as swimming, games and athletics.
Treatment is primarily aimed at cell destruction which includes chemicals, cryotherapy, and electro-surgery and laser therapy. Less invasive methods that are used include acupuncture or homeopathic remedies. These techniques are used in patients who are high risk (diabetics etc).
Our Podiatric Musculoskeletal Specialists are highly trained Podiatrists who specialise in the assessment and management of lower limb and foot disorders. Our Podiatric Musculoskeletal specialists will have undertaken 3 years comprehensive training in order to gain a Bachelor of Science (honours) Degree in Podiatry. Following completion of their degree they will have undertaken further post-graduate training in sports medicine, exercise rehabilitation, joint manipulation and mobilisation, electrotherapy, acupuncture, remedial massage and lower limb biomechanics and orthotic management.
Podiatric Musculoskeletal Specialists are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) as well as the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Podiatric Musculoskeletal Specialists are required to maintain a minimum standard of training by completing a minimum number of hours of continual professional development each year to remain registered and work within an evidence based framework. Some of the conditions our Podiatric Musculoskeletal Specialists treat include:
- Toddlers to young adults foot assessment and management
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot)
- Assessment and advice on foot surgery
- General foot and ankle pain
- Sports injuries (shin splint, lateral ankle sprain)
- Orthotic management
- Biomechanically induced hip, knee and low back pain
- Pre and post surgical foot, ankle and knee pain
- Video gait analysis