Our feet work incredibly hard. It is estimated that during our lifetime they will carry us an average distance of 120,000 kilometers.
- The 26 bones in each foot are arranged in such a way that they can not only support our entire body weight, but they can adapt from being a flexible shock absorber to becoming a rigid means of propulsion – all within the space of one step!
- Our feet function best barefoot on surfaces that ‘give’, such as when we walk on a beach. Unfortunately, evolution has not yet caught up with the fact that we now spend most of our time walking on concrete.
- Although most people are born with healthy feet, by the time we reach adulthood, more than 80% of us will suffer from an uncomfortable foot problem.
- Some foot problems are inherited. Others develop as a result of the type of shoes we wear, or the type of activities we take part in. Some diseases or disorders can also have an effect on the feet.
What will happen at my initial consultation?
We offer 2 types of Initial Consultation: one for biomechanical problems (read more about biomechanics here ) and one for more general podiatry problems (termed ‘chiropody’ in the past). If you are unsure which you might need, please call for advice or book a free Foot Health Check to discuss your concerns first. This will ensure that you are seen by the most appropriate practitioner.
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Whichever you book, your appointment will start in the same way:
You will be asked to come 5-10 minutes before your appointment to fill out an information sheet and health questionnaire. If you are taking prescribed medication, it would be helpful if you could bring a copy of your prescription.
You will then be shown through to the studio where your Podiatrist will discuss your medical history and symptoms. Your feet and lower legs will be examined. We use a Doppler (handheld ultrasound machine) to check your pulses, and we may check the sensation in your feet if there are any concerns. We will also assess the range of motion in the joints of your feet to check that everything is moving as it should.
During a Biomechanical Assessment, we will then look at how your feet function when relaxed, when weight-bearing and when moving. It is helpful if you could wear loose trousers that can be rolled up, or shorts, to help us assess you properly. It is also useful to be able to check your footwear for signs of wear, so feel free to bring a selection of your most regularly worn shoes or trainers with you. Once your problems have been identified, a plan will be drawn up that may include: an exercise program to stretch or strengthen the affected muscles; a course of foot mobilisation or manipulation to free up restricted joints; an orthotic to wear in your shoe to help alter the forces acting on the foot; or a combination of all three.
Alternatively, during an Initial Podiatry Consultation, we will clip toe nails and dealing with any nail issues, remove corns or calluses as appropriate, and will conclude with a relaxing lower leg and foot massage. You will be given advice on how best to manage your problems at home and a maintenance plan will be discussed.
Where appropriate, follow-up appointments will be booked before you leave, to ensure that we achieve the best outcome for your feet.
If for whatever reason we are unable to help you, there will be no charge and we shall endeavour to refer you to someone better able to treat your particular problem.
Treatment at the clinic is preferable because the lighting, seating and equipment is optimal for safe, effective treatment. If you are unable to get to the clinic, a home visit may be possible, subject to availability. Please contact us.