What is podiatry?
Within the UK, Podiatry is the new name for Chiropody. The name was changed to fall in line with the internationally recognised name for a foot specialist. A podiatrist is a specialist in conditions regarding the foot and lower limb.
What conditions do podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists can give specialist advice on the prevention, management and treatment of foot and lower leg injuries. This can range from simple nail cutting, removal of hard skin and corns, to minor surgery for ingrown toe nails. Back, hip, knee and ankle pain can be as a result of ‘flat feet’. These complaints can be corrected by altering foot posture using customised insoles.
Who benefits from podiatry?
There is a common misconception that it is only elderly people who need treatment of their feet- in fact, podiatrists treat people of all ages with a wide range of foot complaints.
How often should I see a podiatrist?
There is not a set recommended time frame between visits to a podiatrist. At your first visit, Amy will discuss with you what would be best regarding repeat visits. Some people see a podiatrist from as often as every six weeks through to once a year for their annual foot check. At AMP, everyone is treated as an individual and a care plan will be based around you and your needs.
What can I expect on my first visit?
At your first appointment, Amy will carry out an initial assessment, taking a detailed history of your condition, along with any relevant past medical history. A physical assessment of the foot and lower limb will then be done to determine the clinical diagnosis of your complaint which will be fully explained to you by Amy. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the problem and ask any questions you may have.