By using a number of different approaches and techniques, a podiatrist can help treat and alleviate many foot problems.
The podiatry service will include:
- Diabetic foot assessment and treatment
- Core podiatry
- Biomechanical assessment
- Nail surgery under local anaesthesia
- Footwear and foot care advice
- Involvement in Falls Prevention programs
- Patient education programs
Podiatry forms a central role in the healthcare provision for the ever-increasing diabetic population, and podiatrists are integral in helping prevent foot ulceration, or successfully treating diabetes-related wounds should they develop.
How our podiatrist can help you
Healthshare only provide NHS services and if you qualify for NHS treatment you can be seen at one of our clinics. The first step is to see your GP, practice nurse or health visitior and ask to be referred to one of our Healthshare podiatry clinics. We do not have long waiting times and most patients are able to be seen within days of contacting us to make an appointment.
What happens at the consultation
This depends on the reason for your visit. The podiatrist will ask you a number of questions relating to your complaint. They will need to get an idea of your general health so they will always ask you about any medication you may be taking.
If you are attending for muscle or joint pain the podiatrist will ask a number of questions relating to the problem and will palpate (touch) areas of your feet or legs to aid accurate diagnosis. They may also ask you to walk a short distance within the clinic so they can assess your lower limb function, and issue insoles if they deem it appropriate.
If you are diabetic the podiatrist will carry out certain tests and ask specific questions in relation to the quality of the blood supply and nerve sensation in your feet.
What should I expect from my treatment?
A critical factor in determining whether podiatry treatment is successful is the contribution from the patient. Your podiatrist may offer advice on footwear, exercises, stretching, or the use of emollients, for example, but any treatment plan is a partnership between the clinician and the patient. Generally, more co-operation results in more positive outcomes.
How often do I need to visit?
This is dependent on your individual problem and your podiatrist will advise you of this during your assessment. Podiatry in the modern NHS is focused on patient education, empowerment and self-help.