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Podiatry/Chiropody

What do we do?

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Podiatrists (previously call chiropodists) assess, diagnose and treat abnormalities and diseases of the lower limb, as well as providing routine foot care. They give professional advice on the prevention of foot problems and on proper care of the feet. Patients suffering from Diabetes are especially at risk from foot related problems and are advised to seek professional advice to prevent long term damage.

Podiatrists are well suited to assessing musculoskeletal conditions such as ankle, knee, hip and back pain as these may be due to poor foot positions (Biomechanics). This is often in conjunction with other specialists.

Patients can be of all ages from infants to the elderly.

What can we treat?

We can provide treatment for the whole family, and advise on a wide variety of conditions:-

Athletes Foot and Fungal nails


Arthritic Feet

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Boney Deformities

  • Bunions / exostoses / Haglunds deformity / hammer toes

Childrens Feet (podopaediatrics)

  • Flat feet
  • Growing pains
  • In-toeing
  • Out-toeing
  • Knocked knees
  • Severs Disease

Diabetes foot care

  • Annual foot checks
  • Routine foot care

Forefoot Pain

  • Callus and corns
  • Capsulitis / interdigital neuritis / metatarsalgia

Heel Pain

  • Bruising
  • Calcaneal bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis

Problem Nails

  • Discoloured
  • Ingrowing or involuted nails with or without local anaesthetic
  • Nail surgery to permanently remove part or all of a problem nail and prevent regrowth by phenolisation 
  • Misshapen
  • Thickened

Sports Injuries

  • Ankle sprains
  • Foot pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Toe injuries including nail problems

Verrucae

What can I expect during my treatment?

New patients' appointment

  • Can take up to 45 minutes
  • Detailed information regarding yourself, your medical history, the medication you take and the reason for seeking treatment
  • A treatment plan will be discussed, and with your consent, treatment will commence
  • If future treatment is advisable, it will take the form of one of the following

Routine appointment

  • Can take up to 30 minutes and includes:-
    • Nail cutting
    • Callus reduction
    • Corn removal
    • Reassessment of health issues
    • Professional advice on foot care

Simply nail cutting appointment

If you have problems cutting your own toenails then we have the solution.

  • Can take up to 15 minutes
  • Minimal cost
  • Designated toe nail cutting service only

If you are a new patient to the clinic, we must carry out an assessment as required by our regulatory body the Health Professions Council - see new patients' appointment above.

Special appointments

  • Biomechanical assessment, gait analysis with/without casting for orthoses
  • Dermal fillers using silicone under local anaesthetic
  • Ingrowing toenails under local anaesthetic
  • Nail surgery under local anaesthetic with/without phenolisation
  • Verrucae treatments
  • Intra-articular injections using Ostenil for joint pain

Not sure if you need us?

The podiatrists are happy to offer a 10 minute consultation without treatment, please enquire.

How do I know if my podiatrist is qualified?

Podiatry and chiropody are protected titles in law and only those who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are legally entitled to use them. This offers greater protection to the public with the assurance that practitioners have met the standards set by the HCPC, such as assessing patients’ feet and explaining a diagnosis before the commencement of any treatment; have continually maintained their knowledge through Continual Professional Development and able to practice lawfully, safely and effectively.

All practitioners at the clinic are trained to diploma/degree level, HCPC registered and members of the country’s leading professional body, the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.

“Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections”. (Society of Chiropodist & Podiatrist 2009).

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, it is not necessary for your GP to refer you to the clinic, although they may suggest you seek treatment from a chiropodist/podiatrist if you have a problem with your feet.

Our practitioners

Angela Riggall BSc (Hons) Podiatric Medicine MChS : HCPC – CH17201

Angela is the principle podiatrist and has been in the profession for over 20 years. Her degree in Podiatric Medicine was achieved through New Durham College and the University of Sunderland.

She is qualified in a variety of injection techniques, including local anaesthetics, and is able to supply relevant drugs, such as antibiotics, normally only obtained through the doctor.

During the course of her profession, Angela is involved with the local Private Practice Network for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, ensuring local practitioners have the benefit of local training and the chance to meet and discuss local or national issues.

Contact details

Appointments
Tel: 01522 722595
Email:
podiatry@redroofclinic.co.uk

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