Feet! Yes we all forget about them and they take a lot of pounding – don’t they deserve some Podiatry TLC?
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a medical speciality that is concerned with the lower limb, this is from your lower back to your toes. Podiatrist can deal with a range of conditions, this can be related to the skin, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Our aim is to keep you mobile and active, and therefore allowing you to stay healthy. You may need regular ongoing treatment (ranging between every 4 or 12 weeks) or you may need 2-3 sessions, if there is limited improvement, we will change our approach or refer to one of the other specialities.
What do Podiatrist do?
Your podiatrist will undertake a thorough examination of your presenting complaint and general health, which will lead to the formulation of a diagnosis. We will collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan, this may consist of regular footcare such as cutting nails and/or removing hard skin.
Your podiatrist can also undertake an analysis of your walking or running. To identify if the way you move is associated with the reason of your appointment, we may record and replay how you walk and run to look for points of structural overuse/underuse that have contributed to your complaint. This may lead to use of various treatment pathways. Which may include a combination of some exercises, the use taping and discuss the use of insoles (Foot Orthoses), which can be made while you wait if time allow..
Our podiatrist is also able to carry out minor surgery under local anaesthetic and deliver steroid injections into the foot and ankle.
Why choose Podiatry?
Your podiatrist can help with a range of conditions that can affect the lower limb. This may be as a result of an acute injury, ongoing pain that has not subsided. Or ongoing footcare that you are no longer able to manage yourself (we offer Home Visits on request)
Examples of conditions your podiatrist will be able to help with:
- Hard Skin / Corns
- Difficult to cut / thickened nails
- Removal of Verruca
- Ingrown toenails
- Altered sensation (pins and needles)
- Diabetic foot assessment and care
- Knee pain
- Treatment under local anaesthetic
- Steroid injections
- And much more
- Knee pain
What do I need to wear/bring with me?
You are advised to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely whilst undergoing your assessment and treatments advised. It is requested that your clothing allows appropriate access to the affected area to treat also. Please bring footwear that you regularly wear as this can give us essential clues on how your feet and legs work.
Please note that your dignity will be respected at all times during your visit to Agile Therapy.