Podiatry and Chiropody have always been at the heart of the business, and here at Heal we’re taking your treatments to a different level.
The terms Chiropodist and Podiatrist both mean an expert qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders. These professional titles are now protected by law, and can only be used if they are registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Chiropodists and Podiatrists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb. They are qualified to treat people with arthritis, diabetes, problem nails (nail surgery), biomechanical issues and sports related injuries. You may want to see a Podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles, or any other foot-related problems.
Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (bring your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly. Podiatrists are also experts in the interaction of body joints, which is known as biomechanics and can supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain. You put the orthotic device into your shoe to re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot or simply to make your shoes more comfortable. When the foot hits the ground, this motion affects each component of the foot and ankle and lower limbs.
Offering a full range of foot related treatments, our highly qualified Podiatrist, Oliver Highland, specialises in biomechanics and nail surgery. From his NHS work he also has extensive experience in treating patients with diabetes, helping prevent and manage foot complications as a result of the condition.
Foot problems can affect anyone who has diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely to be admitted to hospital with foot complications, such as ulcers, infection and amputation, than with any other complication of the condition.