Our Services – Chiropody is the primary health care professional that helps asses, manage and prevent diseases and disorders of the foot. The elderly and athletes are prime candidates for these treatments, however children and almost anyone can experience foot issues and thus can visit a chiropodist for help managing their problem. Chiropodists are skilled in assessing the needs of patients and managing chronic and acute issues affecting the food and even the lower limb function. The profession is regulated by professional non profit and governmental bodies that only allow certified practitioners to refer to themselves as chiropodists.
The primary goal of the chiropodist or podiatrist is to maintain and improve mobility and help remove any pain in the foot, through education and rehabilitation, if you are an atlete it is especially advised that you track your health before reporting in with a chiropodist. The role of tracking enables the practitioner to get a comprehensive profile of your health and take a holistic view when providing a treatment. Everything should be recorded, (here’s a nootropics tracker you can use) as well as these play a critical goal, as many vitamins and minerals fight for certain macro-nutrients in the body which could for example cause calcium depletion among other things leading brittle bones and causing mobility issues.
Issues related to the following are treated and managed by chiropodists:
- Diabetic foot care
- Sport injuries
- Paediatric foot care
- Geriatrics foot care
- Biomechanical and gait analysis
- Off the shelf and Custom orthotics
- Custom footwear
- Soft tissue surgery
- Wound care related to the lower limb and foot.
- Treatment of Skin Conditions including warts, callus and corns, athlete’s foot and dermatitis
- Treatment of Foot Ailments – including general foot and ankle pain, heel pain, arch pain, toe pain, sprains and strains
- Treatment of Structural Foot Conditions – high arched feet, flat feet, bunions and hammer toes
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Wound Management
As an athlete you may also require foot wear suggestions and modifications and a chiropodist is the most qualified person to make such a recommendation. Did you know? The average person will walk the equivalent of five times around the earth in their lifetime, make sure the footwear you buy has proper arch support and look for new era brands that are made to address these issues like birkenstocks (German brand) rather than fashionable brands.
Podiatry and the Holistic View
A chiropodist likes to take a holistic view of your health, even though they are just treating your feet. A chiropodist will begin asking you a detailed history of all issues relating to your health and feet, this is why we recommend tracking your health concerns. For example many athletes are interested in benefits of Alpha GPC and other supplements not realizing the full effects it will on their body given the extra amount of growth hormone that is produced as an effect. Athletes feel they can exercise/run longer not realizing the damage that can be done to the foot as a side result of supplementing this, this is an issue that should be reported to a chiropodist.
A musculoskeletal assessment is in order after the nutrition history and then the exact problem is identified, underlying bio-mechanical problems are pointed out as contributing factors to the foot pain. The most common problems are flat feet, high or rigid arches, weakness is feet. A therapist will work to develop a well documented rigid treatment for you that takes into account your general health, nutrition, lifestyle and costs.
Chiropodists can additionally provide the following services as well:
- Nail surgery
- Gentle reduction of dry, callused skin and removal of corns
- Wart treatment
- Custom and off the shelf orthotics
- Professionally fitted shoes
- Custom shoes
After your first visit and general consultation, you may need to go in at regular intervals to make sure the treatment provided is effective and best suits your lifestyle. Additionally you may get help or ask any questions you have at this point during the follow up visit.