Podiatry (also known as chiropody) is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists (chiropodists) of diseases and other disorders of the feet. 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.
A podiatrist provides treatment or advice on:
Toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
Corns and calluses
Dry and cracked heels
Diabetes (foot related)
You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles, or any other foot related problem.
Podiatrists can also supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain. You put the orthotic device into your shoe to re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot, or simply to make your shoes more comfortable.
Even if your feet are generally in good condition you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (fetch your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly.
What happens at the consultation?
At your first appointment our podiatrist will usually cut your toenails, remove any hard skin and check your feet for other minor problems such as corns, calluses or verrucas. Usually, any minor problems that are picked up can be treated on the spot. It’s usually completely painless (even pleasant!). If you are a new patient your appointment will last 30 minutes so the podiatrist can take a short medical history and any follow up appointments afterwards will last 20 minutes.
Our podiatrist is fully registered with both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. If you would like any further information (including prices) or to book an appointment in a private comfortable treatment room, in our Barnsley health clinic, please call us on (01226) 282560.