FAQ’s

 

Are you HPC Registered?

Yes, all the Chiropodists/Podiatrists at this practice are HCPC (Health Professionals Council) registered.  You can check if any chiropodists/podiatrist is registered with the HPC by going to their website www.hcpc-uk.org.


What conditions can be treated by Chiropodists and Podiatrists?

Common foot problems seen and treated and advised about by chiropodists and podiatrists include;

  • Thick and fungal toe nails
  • Ageing feet
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Blisters
  • Bunions/toe deformities
  • Callous and corns
  • Diabetic feet
  • Gout, Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Ingrowing toe nails
  • Sweaty feet
  • Verrucae
  • Chilblains

What are Registered Chiropodists/Podiatrists trained to do?

Registered Chiropodists/Podiatrists are trained to look at all aspects of foot and lower limb care.  Foot problems can be hereditary, arise from certain medical conditions, or be the result of ill-fitting footwear.  Usually, a visit to the Podiatrist/Chiropodist can provide relief and long-term solutions will be sought.


What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

Nothing at all.  Chiropodist is the name that has been around for a long time, but the more modern term Podiatrist is internationally recognised, and being used in the U.K. more and more.


Does the treatment hurt?

Most patients tell us that the treatment is painless and their feet are instantly eased and soothed.


How many treatments will I need?

When you come in for your first treatment, a treatment plan will be discussed with you. Some people only require one visit; others may need to come in for a few treatments.  We also offer on-going routine care for people who want or need this type of service.


Will my personal information be shared with anyone?

No, all information obtained will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.  We would only ever share information about you with other health care professionals, such as your GP, but only with your express permission.


Do Podiatrists/Chiropodists treat young people?

Yes we do.  We do treat all ages, from the very young in childhood, to the very elderly.


What is a biomechanical assessment?

This is a thorough examination of the major joints of the feet, to check their ranges of motion, to see how they are working, and if they are moving abnormally.  It checks the movement of the feet through the gait cycle and identifies how the joints of the feet are working together and the overall effects they have on the feet.  From this information, a prescription for an orthotic device (orthoses) can be written.


What are orthoses?

These are inserts that go into your shoes to act as a platform for your foot.  These can either simply support the foot, redistribute pressure away from certain parts of the feet, or actually exert pressure on various parts of the foot to improve the movement of the foot.  They can be off-the-peg devices which are a cheaper and quicker option, with a limited shelf-life, or more durable bespoke devices, which tend to have a higher price.


Do you do home visits?

We do provide a home visiting service for our patients who are unable to get in to us. Please contact us to arrange a visit.