Here is a common list of FAQs we are asked at Parkview.
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What is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist, which is a modern word for Chiropodist, assess, diagnose and treat conditions relating to the foot and the lower limb. Many conditions we treat are on the surface of the foot, such as corns, callus and ingrowing toenails. Some conditions we treat are not visible on the surface of the foot, but involve the structures inside the foot, for example heel pain.
Alongside routine care of the feet which involves removal of corns and callus, we provide specialist care and advice for people with diabetes and arthritis. We are able to perform minor surgery to remove problem toenails.
Abnormalities in how we walk can also be assessed and treated by podiatrists. Orthotics (shoe inserts) can be prescribed to improve poor foot function.
The foot is made up of many complex structures including 26 bones and 33 joints. As a result, there are many things that can go wrong with the foot which may affect how we live our everyday lives. Each foot absorbs 1 and a half times our body weight in each step we take, this means the stress placed on our feet is great, and this makes it likely for people to suffer with overuse injuries, particularly during high impact sports or where unsuitable footwear is worn.
What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is a more modern word for Chiropodist, the two words are now used interchangeably and the name difference bears no reference to qualifications. Both names are protected by the Health Professions Council who ensure practitioners have the necessary credentials to practice.
Who benefits from Podiatry?
We see people of all ages with different conditions. There is a common misconception that it is only elderly people that need treatment for their feet. In fact, we see a vast range of people from children with ingrown toenails to athletes with sports injuries.
What conditions can Podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists can help with most problems that concern the foot and lower limb. This can range from simple nail cutting to minor surgery for ingrown toenails.
What can I expect when I receive treatment?
Each appointment involves a thorough assessment, diagnosis and management plan for the individual. Clear explanations regarding conditions will be given and thorough advice will be provided, this gives chance for discussion and for you to ask questions. Most treatment is painless and often instant relief is felt, particularly for superficial skin conditions.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on many factors, including the type of problem and the individual person. Routine care of superficial foot conditions often requires regular care. We strongly encourage preventative foot care and give you advice on how to avoid certain problems from returning.
From the outset an indication of treatment frequency and duration will be discussed.
Will I be expected to do anything between treatments?
Wearing suitable footwear everyday plays an important role in keeping feet healthy. It strongly depends on whether your problem is biomechanical or superficial as to what you may or may not be expected to do. For example, if you have a sports injury you may need to alter your training regime, or, in contrast, if you have nail surgery, you may be expected to dress your toe.
Any care that is required to be carried out by yourself will be fully explained by the podiatrist.
What are orthotics and why do I need them?
Orthotics are a type of insole that sit in your shoes. They are used to resolve certain structural abnormalities in the foot. Pain may be felt in the feet or legs either all the time when walking, or during sport. We assess how you walk/run and note any problems (gait analysis) and prescribe either a ‘ready made’ orthotic or one which is custom made for your foot.
Many conditions can be treated successfully with orthotics allowing normal activity to be resumed. Shin splints, knee pain, heel pain are some common conditions that orthotics can help.
I have diabetes, why do I need to take extra care of my feet?
Diabetes can adversely 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 sores may not heal as quickly. As a result, simple steps can help avoid complications of diabetes; avoiding open – toed shoes, getting into hot baths without checking the temperature, having regular check ups with your podiatrist, and not walking around barefoot, are just some of the recommendations we make to avoid diabetic related foot problems.
How long are appointments?
Most appointments will take approximately 30 minutes, nail surgery and gait analysis will take about an hour.
My mobility is poor and I cannot visit the clinic, can you treat me at home?
Yes we can perform the majority of our services in your own home where mobility is limited.
What should I wear?
Shorts are required for gait analysis. There are no special requirements for all other appointments.
How do I know if a Podiatrist is fully qualified?
All members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists are State Registered, fully qualified and have undergone the necessary training and exams. The letters SRCh stand for State Registered and MChs stands for member of the society. HCPC registered means the health and care professions council have accepted that the individual has the necessary credentials to practice their profession. The podiatrists at Parkview Chiropody will be happy to show you their certificates and registration details, alternatively you can type in the name of the podiatrist you have an appointment with on the HCPC register online to confirm their registration.
Will my insurance company cover my treatment?
We can provide a receipt for your treatment which will be accepted by all major insurance companies.
Telephone: 01257 263173