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 problem.
Podiatrists can also 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.
Podiatrists can also help with more complex foot problems including preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise.
At your first Chiropody/Podiatry appointment with me in Eastbourne, you will be asked about your medical history and current medications. You may have seen a Chiropodist in the past. We will clarify your aims and identify any clinical goals e.g., soften hard skin to reduce painful heel cracks.
A podiatry assessment is completed (as recommended by the Society Of Chiropodists and Podiatrists) and you will have foot or toenail treatment options recommended for you and explained clearly before you decide to consent to them. For more information about the assessment read here
Recommended treatments and your individual options will be explained to you before gaining your consent to treat you.
Various assessments may be carried out to determine muscular- skeletal imbalances.
At all times our aim is to promote skin and nail health as well as mobile joint functioning for optimum health and well being.
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Although I have POM (prescription only medication rights) in regard to many common podiatric complaints - you may need referral back for further diagnostic tests and or imaging, I work closely with GP's or the NHS to obtain the appropriate medicines course of action to put you at the centre of your health.
A vascular health check in the feet is recommended on first assessment and annual review. A handheld doplar uses an ultrasound signal to pick up and identify your arterial pulses in the feet. Podiatrists are educated to spot conditions like vasculitis and screen for vascular problems in the feet. Peripheral arterial disease is just one of the many areas covered by a Podiatry degree.
On special arrangement, I have followed through the care of patients whose dementia and needs progressed and their residence was moved into specialised care settings. Sometimes when a patient has a good relationship with a care professional the consistency of care is a positive option.
Having worked with people with shared, none or limited capacity.