Podiatry & Chiropody Services

Here at the Whitehouse our state registered foot specialists (known as podiatrists or chiropodists) offer a full range of podiatry and chiropody treatments at our clinics, using the latest techniques to help with a wide range of conditions affecting the foot and lower limb.

  • About Podiatry & Chiropody

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    What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

    There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. The term chiropody has been traditionally used in the UK, but the term podiatry is recognised and used more internationally. Chiropodists in the UK are being referred to as podiatrists more and more and many people in the profession refer to themselves as both.

    What is a Podiatrist / Chiropodist?

    An HPC registered podiatrist / chiropodist is a specialist in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the feet and lower limbs. Foot disorders affect the majority of the people at some time in their lives.

    Podiatrists currently have to undertake a Bachelors degree which includes 1000 clinical training hours to meet standards for the use of the protected titles 'Podiatrist' or 'Chiropodist'. A Podiatrist may well be trained in the use of local anaesthetics and have a licence for issuing prescription only medicines.

    What can podiatry help with?

    Below are some examples of what a Podiatrist / Chiropodist does:

    • Relief of foot pain and lower limb pain.
    • Prescription and provision of orthoses (specialist shoe insoles).
    • Use of techniques including minor surgery using local anaesthetics.
    • Preventative care for people with specific conditions such as diabetes, poor circulation and various forms of arthritis.
    • Recognition of systemic medical conditions which may first manifest themselves within the foot and alleviation of the effects of these disorders such as inflammation or ulceration.
    • Routine care of problem nails, corns and callus.

    Podiatry assessments and treatments

    Depending on your condition, your podiatry / chiropody assessment may include a biomechanical examination and gait analysis (video where necessary) and/or running analysis. Stretching and strengthening exercises along with orthoses (3D insoles) may be prescribed. Footwear assessment and advice may also be given

    What else can chiropody help with?

    Below are more examples of what a Chiropodist / Podiatrist does:

    • Ingrown toenails and other problem toenails
    • Corns
    • Fungal infections (athletes foot)
    • Verrucae
    • Diabetic foot care advice 
    • Chiropody assessment and treatment

      All patients undergo an initial 30 minute chiropody consultation, in which they are fully assessed and the various treatment options are discussed. Where further treatment is required 30 minute follow up appointments can be arranged (certain conditions can be dealt with in 15 minute dressing appointments).

  • Orthotics

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    An orthotic device (or orthoses) is a shoe insert which you may be recommended following a biomechanical assessment / gait analysis with a Podiatrist. These can be either pre-fabricated devices (not bespoke to an individual but a cheaper option) or custom made devices which are manufactured from a plaster cast of the feet and a bespoke prescription.

    Benefits...

    • Improve shock absorption
    • Improve stability (proprioception)
    • Alter problematic foot mechanics
    • Change moments around joints (e.g. decrease pronation at the sub-talar joint)
    • Reduce force within injured tissue
    • A flatter abdomen, toned arms and thighs and a stronger back
    • A refreshing mind-body workout
    • Sport Enhancement

    Orthoses will usually feel very strange at first and a period of slow and gradual introduction is often advised. You can often play sport on an orthotic device within 2 weeks of its issue, although everyone is different with respect to how they adapt to this change in position and movement of the foot.

    Orthoses have been show to be of benefit in many lower limb conditions such as:

    • Big Toe Problems
    • Metatarsalgia
    • Foot Tendon Problem
    • Rigid Foot Types
    • ‘Flat Feet’
    • Heel Pain and Plantar fasciitis
    • Shin Pain (’Shin splints’)
    • Knee Pain
    • Back Pain

    Custom made orthoses often come with a lifetime guarantee against breakage, but may require some maintenance to prolong their life, whereas pre-fabricated orthoses can often only last 1-2 years. A Podiatrist can advise you of the expected life span of a particular device depending on its structure and the activities being performed upon it.

    Individuals seeing the Podiatrist under their private medical insurance should note that orthotic devices are not covered by any UK insurance provider so the cost has to be met by the patient.

  • Video Gait Analysis

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    Whilst it is easy to observe running styles in other people it is often very hard to appreciate how we are moving ourselves.  High speed video analysis allows us to look frame by frame at your walking and running movement patterns and marry this with the aches and pains you may have associated with these weight bearing activities.

    Think of your body like a machine.  Like the moving parts of any machine they tend to wear out eventually but they do so more quickly if they are moving badly.  If you can learn to run more efficiently not only do you significantly reduce your risk of getting recurring over-use injuries but you also stand to improve your performance at the same time. Our patients often report big improvements in their PBs when they return to running after treatment.

    Many problems in the lower limbs and even in the pelvis and lower back are associated with the way we walk and run.  The real skill is in interpreting this information and relating it to your clinical problems.  This is not something that we feel you should do with confidence in the running shoe shops; remember that they are sales assistants not podiatrists and whilst generic advice may be enough for some people we would recommend that you get an expert opinion for something this important.

    With the use of orthotic devices and or physiotherapy rehabilitation it is then easy to correct the biomechanical imperfections observed on video.  The podiatrist can also provide the best running shoe advice – again something best left to the experts rather than someone in a shop recommending something that they happen to stock at the time!

  • Our credentials

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    All podiatrists / chiropodists at The White House Physiotherapy Clinics are registered with the Health Professions Council.

  • Health insurance

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    Please note that while many health insurance companies cover the cost of podiatry consultations, most do not cover the cost of orthoses so do check before booking. You may also require a referral letter from your GP or orthopaedic consultant.

If you have any questions about any aspects of Podiatry or Chiropody...

or would like to speak to one of our expert podiatrists or chiropodists please feel free to contact us as follows:

Contact number: 0114 230 2030
Email: apts@whitehouse-clinic.co.uk

If you already have patients that you feel might benefit from Podiatry or Chiropody please ask them to contact the White House Clinic directly to make an appointment.

 

 

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