Chiropody and Podiatry

FAQs

What will happen in your Chiropody appointment?

Your initial appointment will always begin with a thorough medical history being taken. This is a legal requirement. The Podiatrist will then take details of your problem and any facts that they believe are important for your treatment plan. You will be informed at every point of what the treatment plan is, what the reasons for any action are, and what costs will be involved. Your Podiatrist may with your permission write to your G.P. to inform them of any relevant medical information. You will be treated in our clinic which has a state of the art treatment chair ensuring maximum comfort for you. Our clinic exceeds all minimum standards set out by the Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

What will happen in your Podiatry appointment?

During your initial appointment, the podiatrist/chiropodist will discuss your symptoms with you and carry out a physical assessment. The assessment involves looking at the way you stand and walk, checking the joints and muscles, assessing your footwear and lifestyle.

You should wear shorts for this appointment, or at least some loose fitting trousers. It would also be helpful if you brought along a variety of shoes you wear for different activities, such as trainers, work shoes, walking shoes and in particular the footwear that causes the pain (if it is specific). After the assessment has been carried out, a treatment plan will then be formulated between you and your clinician.

Your treatment plan may involve orthotics, exercises, footwear advice.

The biomechanical assessment will be approximately 60 minutes (this may be split into two 30 minute sessions).

What are Orthotics & Insoles

Orthotics are similar to insoles, in that you put them into your shoes, except that they are used to alter the foot function when you walk. They are prescribed according to your needs and therefore the shape and size differs for different people - so never wear someone else’s orthotics!

Your podiatrist/chiropodist will advise you on the type of footwear you should wear for your particular orthotics, the better the shoes the better the orthotics work. They are not painful or uncomfortable to wear.

We stock a range of orthotics and insoles that you can take away on the day of your appointment. We also prescribe custom orthotics that have to be sent to a lab to be made and may take about 2 weeks until they are ready for collection. Custom orthotics are made specifically for your needs and can be prescribed by using specific measurements or may be made from a cast of your feet. When your orthotics are ready to be picked up, you will need to come in and have them checked against your feet.

You should also have your orthotics reviewed as recommended by your clinician, and have new ones made should they eventually wear out.