What is Chiropody?
Chiropody is the treatment of the feet and their ailments. The human foot is a complicated part of the human body, consisting of 26 bones bound by ligaments, supported by muscles and supplied with blood vessels and nerves. Our feet are in constant use and are often subject to considerable strain which may cause injury and are prone to many common foot conditions.
What can a Chiropodist treat?
Common ailments are:-
Corns – These are caused by friction and pressure. They do not have roots and the cause is also often due to bone deformity.
Callouses – These 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 – This can cause foot odour. Daily bathing and regular application of a medicated foot powder can help in many cases. If these 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. The tendency for them to form may be hereditary, but factors such as stress and strain and interference from shoes can also bring about this deformity. 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 – This is a skin disease caused by a fungus. This fungus most commonly attacks the feet where it thrives best because of the warm, dark and sometimes moist environment it finds inside the shoe. The main cause of athlete’s foot is the lowering of the skin’s resistance.
Practice good foot hygiene – The skin must be bathed daily; be kept dry by changing socks or tights frequently; and a mild fungicidal drying powder used on the feet and in the shoes.
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
The first stage is for an initial consultation to assess the condition. This may involve removal of your shoe, sock and rolling up your trousers so a good assessment can be made. The overall health of your feet will be assessed for you and this will involve inspection and can include checking the mobility of your feet and ankle too.
Depending on what is troubling you treatment will be given to suit and a treatment plan agreed.
The review consultation will usually take place a week after the initial consultation but this will vary dependent on what the Chiropodist advises.
Nothing in this website should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.