People come to chiropody clinics for many different reasons. In the simplest instances, it may be for general advice about problems or for a routine foot check up. The following is a list of some of the most common foot ailments a podiatrist treats every day. It is by no means a comprehensive list and you may be experiencing symptoms or pain relating to some other condition not included on the list:
Corns, callus, nail deformity (including ingrown toenails) Pain in the ball of the foot - Morton's Neuroma
Bunions Stress fractures
Hammer toes Skin and nail complaints (including Athlete's Foot)
Verrucae Effects of Diabetes
General foot pain Muscle strain
Heel pain - Plantar Fasciitis
This is for general information only and should not be used for specific diagnosis. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms or some foot or ankle discomfort, a prompt appointment to discuss your specific concerns with a podiatrist is highly recommended.
Many foot problems can have a biomechanical or surgical solution. Our practitioners can discuss the full range of treatment options available and refer where appropriate.
Diabetic patients should have their feet checked regularly, by a professional, to ensure that any problems are identified early. It is of special importance that small injuries or infections are treated immediately.
If you are a diabetic and have concerns about your feet, it is important that you contact your chiropodist/podiatrist as soon as possible. Your routine foot care will include an assessment of your general foot health.
Download '10 steps to healthy feet', an information leaflet created by Diabetes UK
Your practitioner will take an active interest in the footware you use and will be pleased to offer advice on shoes to help you to maintain your feet in the best possible condition.
Wearing shoes that fit properly and offer the correct support will help to ensure your feet remain healthy. You should also change your socks (or tights) every day.
'A guide to choosing the best shoes for your feet' was created by The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and provides excellent information in association with Hotter Shoes