Frequently Asked Questions

Podiatry/Chiropody FAQs

Who should have Podiatry?

Anyone and everyone! Our feet are so hardworking and we often take them for granted until something goes wrong or they start to hurt. Having a regular foot health check up and routine treatment for hard skin or nail problems, can make sure they keep you going for many miles to come!

What range of conditions can we treat?

We can treat and advise on common skin and nail problems such as those described in the ‘Common Nail and Skin problems’ section, musculoskeletal problems associated with rheumatological conditions such as arthritis and sports injuries and we can provide assessment, management and advice relating to the needs of people with diabetes and other diseases that may have a direct impact on your foot health. We can provide these services for anyone from the very young to the elderly.

What can I expect during an appointment?

During your first appointment you will receive a full assessment so we can decide on the best way to help you manage your foot health problem. This means that we may need to ask questions about your medical and surgical history, check the condition of your skin, how good the circulation is to your feet and legs, check how well you can feel sensation in your feet (especially if you have diabetes) and assess your footwear. In addition, we may check how your feet function by looking at the joints in your feet and legs and the way that you walk. Once we have completed your assessment, we will decide the best course of treatment that fits your needs and ensure that you are happy with our management plan before we proceed with any treatment.

How many times will I need to see a podiatrist?

This can vary greatly depending upon the foot problem that you have. Some conditions may only require a single treatment and some foot health advice to help you to treat the problem yourself. Other problems may be ongoing and require regular review until they resolve or you may decide that you would like regular treatment to maintain good foot health (such as for hard skin or corns that build up between visits). Your Podiatrist/Chiropodist should provide advice relating to the regularity of treatment that you may require, at your initial appointment.

What is Biomechanics?

In relation to the foot and lower limb ‘Biomechanics’ is the study of the way that joints, muscles and soft tissue structures function during dynamic activities such as walking, running, cycling etc. As part of your podiatry assessment, you may require a Biomechanical Assessment. This can range from an examination of your foot, ankle, knee and hip joints whilst you are seated and standing to full Video Gait Analysis – depending upon the kit that your Podiatrist has available to them and their expertise. The Podiatrist will assess the range, direction and quality of movement available within the joints, they may observe the way that your joints function during gait by simply watching you walk or they may assess the way that you walk/run by videoing your activity on a treadmill and analysing your movement in detail, frame by frame from the video footage.

Not all musculoskeletal problems require in-depth biomechanical analysis, however if your Podiatrist cannot provide the level of analysis that is required to help diagnose your problem they should be able to direct you to a Specialist practitioner.