Podiatry or Chiropody - is the branch of medicine that deals with the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and deformities of the human foot and lower limb.
In the UK, a podiatrist or chiropodist must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) in order to use the title. The title has been protected by law since 2003. The HPC are concerned with ensuring and maintaining acceptable standards of practise. Many Chiropodists and Podiatrists also belong to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, a professional body and trade union. Practitioners are qualified to perform minor surgery and prescribe medicines or orthopaedic devices.
During an initial consultation, the patient will have a detailed medical history taken.
You might see a Chiropodist or Podiatrist for the following:
In the case of ingrown toenails, conservative treatment will be considered before nail surgery is recommended. Surgery involves destruction of the nail bed under local anaesthetic, resulting in partial or entire removal of the nail.
Walking, running, and standing are everyday activities that subject the body to considerable stresses and forces. Three to five times the weight of the human body is generated in force upon every strike of the foot. This is then transformed into forward and upward motion. Orthotic therapy manages that force, by providing correctly aligned support to the foot. The benefits include:
Before being prescribed orthotics, you will be examined whilst standing and walking. This is done at our clinic using the Gait Scan computer technology, which measures pressure and force placed on your feet whilst walking normally. Our customised orthotics to be made to your exact requirements.
Cryo-surgery is a form of treatment for viral lesions such as Verrucae Pedis. It involves the application of liquid nitrogen to the surface of the lesion, using a probe. The liquid nitrogen freezes the lesion, causing rupture and implosion of the infected cells. This allows the body’s own inflammatory and healing responses to clear the virus (and therefore, the lesion). Several treatments may be required before the lesion is completely resolved.
Criteria for treating a verrucae:
Cryo-surgery is not recommended for children under the age of eleven. Verrucae Pedis will resolve of its own accord when the body’s own immunity is sufficiently equipped to deal with it.
We also use Gait Scan Analysis to assist with our Podiatry treatments.
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