"Leonardo da Vinci" claimed the feet to be the "best piece of
architecture in the world". The profession of podiatry has
developed from its origins in chiropody to become a medical
specialty dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb.
Podiatry has developed a broad scope of practice focusing on
the use of scientific principles for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of
a wide range of lower limb disorders.
Podiatry in its modern sense involves total care of the feet and through them, the whole body. Podiatrists will ask many questions about your general health. This isn’t to be nosey, it is to ensure an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment available. Podiatrists are included in the whole medical team and may work closely with your GP, Consultant, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Physiotherapist etc.
Podiatrists are highly trained health professionals specialising in assessment and treatment of the lower limb & foot pathologies. They have undertaken a degree in podiatric medicine. The podiatrist deals with the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions and functions of the lower limb by medical and surgical methods. Podiatrists are independent professionals who are able to adapt to working in a variety of clinical environments both within the National Health Service and the private sector. Podiatry continues to be a developing progressive profession enhancing patient mobility and quality of life. Once again, a protected title and online checks can be done via www.hpc-uk.org
Because many diseases are often first observed by symptoms in the feet, a Chiropodist/Podiatrist is frequently called upon to point out such disorders as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, and circulatory problems. With increasing numbers of people taking part in exercise, many Podiatrists now practice sports medicine, such as the fitting of foot supports, called orthotics. Indeed, Jamil has undergone a training course by the Football Association.
Many patients can be embarrassed about their feet and in particular, some of the problems they are suffering. We see many foot problems – it is what we do. There is no need to be embarrassed at all. Routine Chiropody treatment includes such things as nails cut and filed, corns/hard skin removed and advice about ongoing foot care. Some problems are inherited, and some develop from illnesses in middle age, or from the pressure of ill-fitting shoes. Podiatry can be used to treat a whole range of problems from bunions / toe deformities to diabetic foot problems, and heel pain to weak arches.
What sort of thing does a Podiatrist treat?
Look after your feet, and they’ll look after
We will aim to tell you what you have, why you have it, and what we can do to treat it.