Podiatry is a specialised field dealing with the study and care of the foot, including its anatomy, function, pathology, medical and surgical treatment, and associated health-related factors.
Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals who’ve been trained at degree level to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
Here at HTC, our podiatrist focuses on mechanical disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower limbs in general.
Podiatrists can also design and supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve painful conditions or aid the correction of mechanical problems of the foot.
Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry. For example, you may want to have any hard skin on your feet removed or have your toenails clipped.
A podiatrist can also advise you about footwear (take your shoes with you), and they can check that you’re looking after your feet properly.
Podiatry has a very wide spectrum of services ranging from severe foot disorders in children to preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries related to sports and exercise at all levels.
What’s the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?
There is no difference.. Podiatrist is a more modern title.
The development of healthy feet is integral to the healthy condition of the whole leg and spine.
Hempstead Therapy Centre is pleased to be clinically partnered with Podiatry specialist unit Pod+ (Ashford, Kent)
What happens at your first appointment?
At your first consultation, your Podiatrist will:
- Take a full medical history and carry out an examination and some tests related to your indicated condition.
- They may also look at the way you walk and move your lower leg joints.
- They will discuss your concerns with you and then make a diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan.
- Any minor problems that are picked up can usually be treated on the spot.