What is Podiatry?
Podiatry refers to the specialised treatment of the feet and ankles. A podiatrist is an expert on feet and ankle related issues and is able to provide specific care to reduce pain and maintain mobility for all ages.
People typically see a podiatrist for advice and treatment of the following symptoms/issues:
- Thickened, painful or fungal nails
- Corn and callous removal
- Diabetes related foot problems
- Foot deformities that can be corrected with special shoes or insoles
- Pain in the ankles or feet
- Soft tissue injuries (which can be related to sports/exercise)
A podiatrist is also able to supply orthotics (shoe inserts) to relieve arch or heel pain. The orthotic device is inserted into the shoe for re-alignment of the foot, reduce pressure on areas that may be at risk or to make the shoe more comfortable to wear.
If you feel your feet are in good condition it can be worth consulting a podiatrist to carry out an assessment of the feet, your footwear as well as giving advice on general foot care.
What is the difference between Chiropody and Podiatry?
In real world terms, Podiatrists and Chiropodists carry the same levels of qualification and can offer the same level of foot care, the only true difference is in the title!
At Littlehampton Natural Health Centre you can rest assured that your feet are in good hands.
Your First Appointment
During your first consultation, your podiatrist will take a full medical history as well as carrying out basic tests such as checking blood circulation, movement and feeling in the feet and ankles. Any concerns can be discussed at this point and if appropriate, minor issues can be identified and treated in the consultation. Further sessions may be necessary, in which case a treatment plan, specifically tailored to your needs can be discussed.
Sessions are often 30 minutes and for the most part completely painless.
Depending on the problem and the treatment offered, you may be given advice on self-care, regular podiatry follow-up consultations or referral for further treatment with other practitioners.
Podiatry is currently available at Littlehampton Natural Health Centre on Thursdays.
For details on pricing, please visit our price list.
Our main aim at the Littlehampton Natural Health Centre is to improve your quality of life. Whether this is through reducing your pain, increasing flexibility, improving posture, maintaining a healthy body or increasing your performance. We help people manage life in a more positive manner.
If you feel podiatry can assist you with your personal needs, please contact us to book a session where we can assess your current condition, carry out a detailed examination and provide a tailored treatment plan for you.