Welcome to Stubbington Natural Health Clinic, from the Director, Caroline Herbert |
Podiatry & Chiropody|
What does a Podiatrist do?
The role of a podiatrist (also known as a chiropodist) is to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the lower limb. They can also prevent or correct deformities and maintain mobility and function.
Podiatrists provide the basis for ideal walking style and posture. They can identify medical or surgical conditions that may require further referral and management. They also relieve pain: treat infections and soft tissue and connective tissue problems including skin and nails.
Podiatrists also give expert advice on how to prevent foot problems, on proper foot care and footwear for all types of patients: from children with growing pains and elderly people with arthritis.
In order to practice, podiatrists need to be a member of the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist (SCP) or the British Chiropody and Podiatry Association (BCPA).
- Musculoskeletal lower limb pathologies including Plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Pain, Metartarsalgia, Acute/Chronic Foot Pain, Sports Injuries, Gait analysis and the provision of Insoles/Orthotics to control foot position.
- Toe nail cutting/filing
- Dermatological conditions such as hard skin, corns and callus, fungal infections and verrucas.
- In growing toenail treatment
- Wound care
- Foot health promotion and foot care advice
At your first consultation, the Podiatrist will take a full medical history. Following this you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and a dermatological, vascular and musculoskeletal examination of the lower limbs will be undertaken.
Once a diagnosis has been made, a care plan will be agreed between yourself and the Podiatrist. The number of treatments and frequency necessary will depend on the problem you have.
Some private health insurance companies may provide for podiatric treatment.
The practitioner who provides this treatment are:
Podiatrist - Patricia Lelliott