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.
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 College of Podiatry.
“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).
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.
We can provide treatment for the whole family, and give advice on a wide variety of conditions:-
Tel: 01522 722595