What is a Podiatrist?
A medical professional specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. A Podiatrist must complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine (BSc Hons).
A Podiatrist can treat anything from an ingrowing toe nail requiring surgery under local anaesthetic to designing a custom made foot orthotic to assist with tendon or joint dysfunction or pain. We are also highly specialised to manage the Diabetic or High-Risk foot and the subsequently wounds that can arise.
Our scope of practice is ever increasing giving us almost every opportunity out there to help you with your lower limb related problems. We often obtain a vast amount of postgraduate qualifications, attend courses, maintain a high level of continuous professional development and attend meetings with other local and nationwide colleagues
What assessments to Podiatrists carry out?
A Biomechanical Assessment may be suitable to diagnose and treat the following conditions in a conservative manner:
- Bunions (Hallus Abducto Valgus/ Hallus Valgus)
- Big toe joint Osteoarthritis (Hallus Limitus)
- Morton’s Neuroma/ Neuritis
- Pain in the Metatarsophalangeal joints (1-5)
- Plantar Plate Injury
- Tailor’s bunion
- Midfoot injury/Osteoarthritis
- Heel pain: Plantar Fasciopathy/ Fasciitis, Bursitis of the heel
- Tarsal Tunnel syndrome
- Ankle joint pain
- Ankle Injury: Acute or Chronic
- Any other complaints affecting the foot or ankle which could be related but not limited to the knees, hips or lower back for example.
A pair shorts may be required and 1 to 2 pairs of shoes (occupation footwear/ a pair of activity shoes)
The appointment time will be allocated as 45 minutes. Any additional follow-up appointments will be charged.
This appointment could result in:
- Onward referral for imaging: X-Ray, Ultrasound or MRI
- A temporary orthotic addition
- Loading programme
- Stretching programme
- Offloading period (Aircast boot)
- Orthotic intervention: Prefabricated orthotics or Custom designed and made orthotics
- AFO: Ankle and foot orthoses such as Richie Brace
- Steroid injection therapy
- Onward referral to a Podiatric Surgical Colleague or Orthopaedic colleague where appropriate for second opinion
Our Podiatrists routinely perform surgical procedures including nail surgery and Faulkner’s needling under local anaesthetic. To enable us to do this safely we will need to ask a series of questions about your medical history , medication you may be taking and check your vascular and neurological status to ensure you are safe to undergo these procedures.