Chiropody, also referred to as podiatry, is the diagnosis and treatment of the foot. Professional advice on how to prevent foot problems and care of your feet is a natural part of the treatment too. Chiropodists are also trained to treat people who are more at risk of developing foot problems and associated complications, such as those with diabetes and arthritis. There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist, it is simply a difference in choice of language.
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, it is recommended you see a chiropodist. 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, or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly and they are in good health.
How does it work?
We take our feet (and usually other parts of our body) for granted and it’s not until they start to cause us pain that we realise the implications and limitations foot pain can have on our day to day lives. A problem on one part of our foot can affect how we walk, which in turn can affect our other foot, our balance, our gait and impact on our posture, not to mention the nagging irritation and pain that we feel.
Common foot problems we treat;
In-growing toenails – most commonly affect the big toenail, however, they can affect the other toes too. There are many genetic factors that can make you prone to in-growing toenails including your posture (the way you stand), your gait (the way you walk) and any foot deformities such as a bunion, hammer toes or excessive pronation of the feet
Corns and Callus – some areas of skin thicken in the form of corns and callus, as a protective response to the body’s reaction to friction of skin rubbing against a bone, a shoe or the ground.
Athlete’s foot – this is a skin fungal infection. It can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin, redness and scaling.
Bunions – more than 15% of women in the UK suffer from bunions which are most often caused by a defective mechanical structure of the foot which is genetic rather than a result of the type of shoe worn.
Verrucae – these are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact.
Sweaty Feet – if you suffer from Hyperhidrosis of the feet, commonly known as sweaty feet, try washing your feet with anti-bacterial soap, applying peppermint foot balm, wearing cotton or wool socks (if appropriate) and use detachable or medicated insoles.
What happens in the Chiropody session?
At your first consultation, Ian, our chiropodist will find out more about you and your feet; the problems you experience and any physical conditions you may have. He will 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. The treatment session takes 30 mins and will ensure your feet feel refreshed, pampered and cared for.To see exactly what he does, watch our video of him at work below.