Podiatry and Chiropody
Painful feet can lead to reduced mobility and the loss of independence. This can be a particular problem for the disabled and elderly, who may have difficulty managing their own feet. However, others who may be at risk from foot problems include patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation and those on certain medications, for example steroids and warfarin.
Following assessment of a patient, a podiatrist is able to diagnose, treat and prevent certain disorders of the foot and its related structures.
Diseased or misshapen toenails may be difficult to cut
Management of Verrucae
A particular problem for children, which can be treated with acids
Reduction of Corns and Callus
Corns and callus can cause considerable pain and restricted mobility
Advice on suitable styles to reduce the risk of problems
Total or partial removal of a painful toenail under local anaesthetic
Foot Health Advice
Most of us are born without foot problems, therefore advice on good foot care is important for healthy feet
Biomechanical Assessment/Orthotic Management
This may involve simple devices to reduce pressure and redistribute weight from tender areas, or more sophisticated devices known as “orthotics” which realign any abnormal mechanics of the lower limb