What is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is a clinical professional specialising in the treatment and care of the foot and lower limb.
Typical chiropody treatments involve basic foot and nail care (the reduction or removal of corns, callus and nails etc).
Podiatry treatment may involve more comprehensive assessments and corrections of the function of the foot.
What can a Podiatrist help?
The average person takes 5,000 to 18,000 steps per day. It only takes a small level of stress, repeated thousands of times a day, to either cause or aggravate injury. Therefore, foot health services can provide a vital contribution in maintaining our mobility and improving our quality of life. Assessments of the foot are carried out using special tests and analysis of the gait cycle (the way we walk or run).
Commonly treated conditions
The way the foot functions in movement (biomechanics) may lead to foot pain such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonopathy, medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints), Ilio-tibial band stress syndrome and knee pain. These painful conditions may all benefit from podiatry treatment.
Biomechanical problems are often exaggerated through sports activities, due to increases in forces acting upon the body. The misalignment of joints and muscle imbalance can lead to pain in the feet, knees, legs, hips and lower back. The treatment for poor biomechanics may involve the provision of custom made insoles/orthotics for footwear.
An insole/orthotic is a corrective device designed to promote structural integrity and stability to the lower limb, by reducing the effects of abnormal biomechanics. To get really effective results, exercises are also prescribed to improve the way the muscles and joints act together when walking or running.
£55 for initial 45min Podiatry assessment
£39 for follow up 30min appointment
£39 for 30min Chiropody appointments
If a permanent insole is required an additional fee will be charged. These are bespoke devices manufactured to the instructions of the podiatrist. We try to keep the cost of these devices to a minimum without compromising quality. If you require further information regarding types of insoles please request to speak to the podiatrist.