The titles Podiatry and Chiropody have the same meaning. Worldwide, the word Chiropody is being phased out of use and the word Podiatrist is used instead. Chiropody is inaccurate in this day in age due to it meaning
“hands and feet”.
Podiatrists are specialist health care professionals who have been trained to diagnose, assess and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. People often seek the help of a Podiatrist for help with nails that are proving tricky to cut or because of painful corns or callus caused by shoe friction. Some people attend for advice and reassurance.
I am more than happy to help with all problems and no ailment is too small or trivial.
Foot discomfort or pain may also arise from complications of older age. Many people are now taking complex and multiple medications to help manage long term conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular/arterial disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.
Sometimes nail shapes can be very awkward and cause ingrowing toe nails. Often these can be managed with routine treatments however, some may require nail surgery to remove a portion of the nail. Toe nail surgery is available at the Wellesbourne branch. If surgery is indicated, pre-operative assessment(s) are required and only performed with a local anaesthetic.
Other foot problems can include callus and sometimes ulcers due to altered gait due strokes or orthopaedic problems, heel and arch pain, skin problems and fungal toe nails.
People suffering from reduced feeling (neuropathy) and reduced immunity (such as those diagnosed with diabetes – type 1 or 2 – and poor blood flow and people who are prescribed steroids or people undertaking chemotherapy) or people taking other high risk medication such as Warfarin or Rivaroxaban may benefit from regular visits to an HCPC Registered Podiatrist. I am delighted to offer “enhanced diabetes foot consultations” drawing on my extensive experience as an Advanced Specialist Podiatrist in Diabetes and Tissue Viability during my 22 years working within the NHS. Please contact me directly if you wish to book an enhanced diabetes foot check.