Podiatry

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is the term now being used when talking about foot care in the UK and is replacing the term chiropody. The change was made due to a variation in qualifications for a chiropodist. A podiatrist studies for a minimum of 3 years before qualifying with a BSc in Podiatric studies. From then onward they agree to a minimum of 35 hours of continual professional development every year. This ensures that they keep up to date with current practices. Checking that your podiatrist is HCPC registered will provide assurance of the quality of training received. All our podiatrists at Total Foot Health are fully qualified and HCPC registered.
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Why do I need to see a Podiatrist?

Having good foot health is an often overlooked part of keeping the whole of us fit and healthy. Walking comfortably is a vital part of overall health; indeed, when risk factors for most chronic diseases are looked at, walking is usually the number one thing to do to reduce the impact of that disease on the body. From arthritis pain to heart disease and from diabetes to mental health issues, walking is your friend.

Many foot problems give rise to painful skin-lesions like corns and calluses, as well as nail problems such as fungal infections and ingrown toenails. These will often be the first sign of more generalized problems such as arthritis or diabetes, as well as being the result of musculoskeletal or structural problems of the feet. It is therefore vitally important that anyone treating what may seem like a simple problem firstly understands the reason behind your particular problem.

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How can a Podiatrist help me?

The podiatrists at Total Foot Health will always take a detailed medical and personal history, as well as conduction a thorough foot health examination, before attempting to treat the presenting problem. The diagnosis is all important as we can then work with you to find the best solution for either curing the problem or minimising its impact upon your daily living.

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