What is Chiropody?

Chiropody helps you look after your feet and problems associated with your feet.

Your feet are made up of a complex network of bones, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. They’re in constant use and support your weight day after day. It’s no wonder that so many people experience foot pain and foot ailments.

If you are not sure if you need treatment from a Chiropodist, we can offer you a FREE 15 minute consultation. This time will help you understand what is happening with your feet and make an informed choice.


What can a Chiropodist treat?

Our qualified Chiropodists, based in Baldock, treat a range of common conditions including:

Corns

Corns are caused by friction and pressure. They do not have roots and the cause is also often due to bone deformity.

Callouses

Callouses are a symptom, not a disease, and the cause must be correct-ed before callouses can be cured. Chronic corns and callouses require periodic professional care. However, in some instances, surgical or orthopaedic measures may be required to cure them.

On no account should you engage in home treatments. This risks foot infection which can lead to more serious complications.

Warts (or Verrucae)

These are often mistaken for corns or callouses. A wart has a blood and nerve supply of its own. They are usually extremely painful and tend to spread if left untreated.

Excessive Perspiration

Too much sweat can cause foot odour. Daily bathing and regular application of a medicated foot powder can help in many cases. If this fail, you should visit a Chiropodist for professional advice.

Bunions

These are caused by a weakness of the ligamentous and muscular structures of the foot and leg. Bunions can be hereditary but added factors such as stress, badly fitting shoes or injury can increase your likelihood of getting them. When these joints are red, swollen or tender, see a Chiropodist, as these signs may indicate the formation of a bunion, arthritis, gout or infection.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus. This fungus loves warm, dark and moist conditions, so it can thrive inside shoes. The main cause of athlete’s foot is the lowering of the skin’s resistance.

Ingrowing Toenails

Ingrowing toenails can be caused through injury, by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, or by cutting your nails too short. Your Chiropodist will be able to treat your ingrowing toenail and advise you how to avoid them in future.


What Happens in a Chiropody Appointment?

The time required to treat each patient differs depending on the individual and specific condition that is to be treated. The treatment process is:

Initial Consultation

The first stage is for an initial consultation to assess the condition. We may ask you to remove your shoes and socks and to roll up your trousers. This is so that we can take a good look at your feet and any problems you are experiencing. We will also assess the overall health of your feet. This will involve a hands-on inspection and could include manual manipulation of your feet and ankles to check your mobility.

Your treatment plan will depend on what type of issue you have been experiencing. Any plan will be agreed by you before we begin.

Review Consultation

The review consultation will usually take place a week after the initial consultation, but this will vary dependent on what the Chiropodist advises.


All of our Chiropodists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Our Chiropractic Team:

Ian Radford
Michelle Cox

Nothing in this website should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.