What is the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?
A chiropodist and a podiatrist are two different names used to describe the same profession. There is no difference at all between the two. Your feet will be assessed and treated exactly the same by both a chiropodist and a podiatrist.
Do I need a doctor's referral to book an appointment?
You do not need a doctor's referral to book an appointment. You can book a treatment at a time that suits you. No annual leave required!
Will it hurt?
A common concern but in the same way as having your hair cut is painless, skilled Chiropody should be entirely pain free. Conditions such as ingrowing toenails may be sensitive to treat, however great relief is experienced following the treatment of the painful area. In some cases anaesthetic may be used to prevent pain
I can get my feet treated for cheaper elsewhere. Why is your Chiropody treatment £40?
Dr Foot Podiatry is a premium service, our treatment is very thorough and attentive and our podiatrists are experts in their field with over 20 years of experience.
What age range do you treat?
At the Dr Foots clinic we see people of all ages with different problems. Many people believe that you suffer from foot pain when you get old but foot pain can occur at any stage of your life. The Dr Foots clinic regularly see young children suffering from fallen arches, sports enthusiasts suffering from athletes foot, fungal nails and elderly people with ingrown toenails, chilblains etc. No matter what your age, everyone deserves to have pain free, healthy, happy feet.
What kind of conditions can a podiatrist treat?
Podiatrists can help to treat most foot and lower limb conditions. Whether that is treating your corns, bunions, or simply cutting your nails to minor surgery for ingrown toenails. If you suffer from back, knee, ankle pain then a podiatrist can assess you for conditions such as fallen arches, flat feet and plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can help with this by using orthotics to correct your foot posture.
What kind of assessment do I need?
You will have to attend an initial consultation where we can thoroughly assess you, diagnose the foot condition and discuss a treatment plan. To develop an effective treatment plan, the assessment process is designed at understanding the mechanical elements which could have caused an injury or stopped the healing process. Clear advice and an in-depth explanation about the conditions will be provided and you will be able to ask any questions you may have.
We understand you may be nervous or anxious about going ahead with some of the treatments, rest assured that most treatments are painless and can have immediate relief. We will do our best to make sure your time at our clinic for your treatment is as comfortable as possible for you.
What is a biomechanical assessment?
If you have pain in your feet when walking or running then you will probably need a biomechanical assessment. The podiatrist will look at the positioning of your hips, knees, ankles and feet whilst walking. If there is a problem with the positioning of the lower limbs then it disturbs the biomechanics of walking or running, this is what causes pain. Using orthotics can usually help alleviate this problem.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are a type of insole that are used inside your shoes. They are used to help rectify certain mechanical abnormalities in the foot. Pain may be felt in the feet or legs when walking, running, or maybe even all the time. We assess how you walk or run and make a note of any problems; this is called a gait analysis. We can then recommend a ready-made orthotic or one which is custom made for your foot. Back pain, knee pain and ankle pain are some of the conditions that can be treated by wearing orthotics.
What kind of treatments do you offer?
Dr Foots clinic offer many types of treatment depending on the condition, such as manipulation, orthotic therapy, exercise, injection therapy and minimal invasive surgery.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on many things, such as what problem or condition you are suffering from. There are some foot conditions that need regular care. The amount of treatment over what length will be spoken about during the initial consultation and assessment. We aim to help you to avoid certain problems from recurring and are happy to advice you on this. We will discuss the type of footwear that is suitable for you to wear everyday depending on your condition.
What is involved in nail surgery?
If you have an in-grown toenail that is not responding to normal treatment then nail surgery may be needed. This is the surgical removal of the nail. The podiatrist will assess you to check if nail surgery is suitable for you. A second appointment will be needed where this minor surgery will be carried out. It will need a local anaesthetic and will not take more than an hour to be carried out.
How can I take extra care of my feet if I suffer from diabetes?
Diabetes can affect the nerves and the blood supply to the feet. You may not be able to feel things as well as you used to and wounds may not heal as quickly. There are simple ways you can help avoid difficulties; avoid wearing shoes that are open toed, don’t get into hot baths without checking the temperature first and have frequent check-ups with your podiatrist, do not walk around barefoot. These are some of the things we suggest to avoid diabetic related foot problems.
Do you treat/remove verrucas?
Verucca are caused by a viral infection and cannot be removed, only going when they are ready. During the treatment the verruca category is identified, overlying skin is removed to help relieve pain. A cryogenic agent may be used to freeze the verucca or a mild caustic agent applied to stimulate the body's own immune reaction. Home treatment may be needed to reduce repeated visits.
Are your Chiropodists qualified?
Yes, all of our Chiropodist have, achieved a three year degree qualification in Podiatry and are registered with the HCPC. The HCPC, as it is also known, is a regulator of health professionals. They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards for training, skills, behaviour in the area of medicine or health care that the health professional practices in.
Do you offer reduced rates for OAP's and students?
Yes, we offer concessionary rates for over 70's and students on a Monday. The concessionary rate for Chiropody is £35.00 but still includes the same thorough and attentive treatment
How to make an appointment?
To arrange an appointment, or to discuss your requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0800 1953440
Surgery Address: Practice is located in:
Birmingham, B9 4AA
Visiting Hours by Appointment Only: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm Sat 10am-2pm
We're registered with: Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
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