What does a Podiatrist do?
The role of the podiatrist (also know as a chiropodist) is to prevent or correct deformity and maintain normal mobility and function. Podiatrists provide the basis for the ideal walking style and posture and identify any medical or surgical condition that may require further referral and management.
They also relieve pain, treat infections and skin, nail, soft tissue and connective tissue problems. This is done in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Podiatrists can also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to take a pair of shoes with you when you next see your podiatrist.
As Podiatrists, we can advise you on the following areas:
- Aging Feet
- Ankle Pain
- Athlete’s Foot
- Biomechanical Assessment
- Diabetes (foot related)
- Flat Feet
- Fungal Infections
- Hammer Toes
- Heel Pain
- Insoles (orthotics)
- Ingrown Toenail Surgery
- Osteo Arthritis
- Podopaediatrics (children’s feet)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sports Injuries
- Sweaty Feet
- Toe Deformities
- Toenail Cutting inc. Simply Nails
- Treadmill & Video Gait Scan
- Vascular Assessment
- Verrucae / Needling
Biomechanics is concerned with preservation, restoration and development of the function of the foot and its associated structure. Biomechanics refers to an understanding of the mechanics in the body and podiatrists use this to diagnose and treat the lower limb aches and pains.
If you book a biomechanical assessment please bring any sports shoes to your appointment and a pair of shorts as you may need to change into these for assessment.
Routine foot care includes the removal of corns and callous as well as any nail care. The appointment typically lasts 20-30 mins, perfect to get you back walking on air.
Many children present with developmental biomechanical problems. Working with children is called Podopaediatrics. Many lower limb problems children have are biomechanically related. Podiatrists who specialise in working with children have to have an in-depth understanding of this area of practice.