Straight away we should first establish that podiatry and chiropody are different terms for the same thing. The term podiatry was inherited in the early 90s as an international replacement to the localised term of chiropody.
Podiatrists could be thought of as physiotherapists for your feet. Your feet are extremely complex structures, featuring 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. The task they carry out is extremely complex and, of all your limbs, they are probably the most tested and used on a day to day basis.
As your feet are your base, they affect how you move and stand. If you have some issues with your feet than the ramifications can often be felt throughout the body. This is why podiatrists have to train for 3-4 years before becoming qualified.
They can deal with a range of issues, including:
- Toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
- Corns and calluses
- Athlete’s foot
- Smelly feet
- Dry and cracked heels
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- Ageing feet
- Sports injuries
In the past we have treated a wide range of patients, from athletes to the elderly. Each have their own unique issues and thus the treatments we provide them are unique. Abbie Dagg is our in-house podiatrist. She has over a decade’s experience and is registered with the Health Professions Council and is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
To find out more about our podiatry services, or to book an appointment simply call us on 0113 2383693 or contact us here.