What exactly are Podiatrists?
“Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections”. (Society of Chiropodist & Podiatrist)
How do I know if my podiatrist is qualified?
Podiatry and chiropody are protected titles in law and only those who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are legally entitled to use them. This offers greater protection to the public with the assurance that practitioners have met the standards set by the HCPC, such as assessing patients’ feet and explaining a diagnosis before the commencement of any treatment; have continually maintained their knowledge through Continuing Professional Development and are able to practice lawfully, safely and effectively.
Other initials to look for are:
BSc(Hons) Pod - Honours degree in Podiatric Medicine
DPodM - Diploma in Podiatric Medicine
FCPodS - Fellow of the College of Podiatric Surgeons
MCPodS - Member of the College of Podiatric Surgeons
FChS - Fellow of the Chiropody Society
The HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) has now protected the titles Chiropodist and Podiatrist.
To what level are the Clinic's practitioners trained?
All of our Podiatrists at Berkhamsted Foot Clinic are trained to degree level, are HCPC registered and members of the country’s leading professional body, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Our Podiatrists adhere to government guidelines, maintain Continual Professional Development and keep updated with the latest research; best practice related to high standards of care and infection control.
What can I expect on my first visit to the Berkhamsted Foot Clinic?
When you first contact the clinic, Andrew will arrange a suitable mutually convenient appointment for consultation or treatment. Please allow up to 45 minutes for your first appointment where medical history, assessment and examination is conducted (circulation and sensation). For further visits please allow 30 minutes dependent on your treatment requirements. All medical history and general information provided will be held strictly as private and confidential under the terms of the ICO registered data protection requirements.
Your concerns or conditions will be discussed and treatment options offered to provide a solution or resolution. Treatment may commence with your consent, using instruments sterilised to clinical standard guidelines assuring optimum infection control.
Which conditions are treated at the clinic?
We are equipped to deal with any foot problem, many people who attend our clinic come for general treatment of everyday foot care concerns such as nail cutting, reduction of thickened nails, reduction of hard skin and removal of corns. Generally some seek relief from soreness, discomfort and pain, while others wish to improve the appearance of their feet in order to display them with confidence.
The most common conditions which can be treated at the Clinic include general Chiropody, corn and callus treatment, ingrown toenails, fungal nail / skin infections and verruca (e) virus.
We also manage foot problems related to chronic medical conditions such as Diabetes, Osteo / Rheumatoid Arthritis and Parkinson’s foot care including vascular and neurological assessments to monitor patient’s foot health requirements.
Additionally a range of biomechanical problems can be treated including painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, heel spurs, achilles tendonitis and neuroma pain; if in doubt please contact the clinic for further advice or information. As Podiatrists we are health care professionals able to give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and guidance in which types of shoes to wear, we treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, which are listed below:
Please don’t ignore foot pain, either see a Podiatrist (Chiropodist) or visit your GP who may refer you to a Podiatrist in order to investigate the underlying cause of your foot pain; improve your quality of life today.
Patient information leaflets
Various information guides regarding common foot problems are listed below that you can download by clicking on the links: