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.
Foot Health Treatment
A Foot Health Professional (FHP) is a fully qualified expert trained to assist and advise people of all ages on how to keep their feet in a healthy condition and to give advice on day-to-day foot care to enable them to maintain a good quality of life by keeping mobile.
Arthritis, painful hips, stiff knees or poor eyesight may put feet out of reach for many people and prevent them from maintaining healthy feet and toenails. A FHP can deliver non-intrusive care and valuable advice for foot problems such as corns, callus, warts, fungal infections as well as careful trimming and filing of toenails to prevent nail problems developing.
Problems such as diabetes or poor circulation may cause further difficulties, however a FHP is trained to spot troublesome conditions quickly for onward referral. With regular foot care, future foot problems can be prevented at any age.
On your first appointment, which will last approximately 60 minutes, the FHP will take a full medical history, an assessment of the condition of your feet and discuss and agree a foot care plan with you so that treatment can progress. Advice can be given on how to look after your feet to keep them healthy in between appointments.
The frequency of follow-up appointments will depend on the foot care plan and type of problem you have. Follow-up appointments last approximately 30 minutes.
During your Foot Health appointment you will be asked to remove all footwear for the FHP to commence assessment and treatment of your feet.
Should a person require a new nail, due to toenail trauma or disease or the embarrassment of wearing sandals, nail reconstruction is an option that is also available. Please speak to the FHP during your appointment for the cost of nail reconstruction.
The practitioner who provides this treatment are:
Foot Health Professional - Heather Wadey
Podiatrist - Louis Mamode
Podiatrist - Patricia Lelliott