What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatrists and chiropodists are health professionals who treat a wide range of foot and lower limb problems.
A large part of the podiatrist’s role is treatment of general problems, such as corns and hard skin, however they also specialise in addressing problems stemming from the feet, but manifesting in the knees, hips and lower back.
Podiatrists are essential in the management of specific conditions which may affect a patient’s foot health, including diabetes, arthritis and conditions linked to poor circulation and neuropathy (disorders involving the nerves).
Podiatrists treat people of all ages but in the case of older people play a significant role in maintaining their mobility and therefore their independence.
Is there a difference between a Podiatrist & Chiropodist?
There is no difference. “Chiropody”/ “Chiropodist” is the name of the profession/professional, used only within the UK. “Podiatrist” is the internationally recognised name for a practitioner specialising in lower limb problems. Modern podiatrists receive extensive training to degree level and are obliged to continue their education after graduation, enabling a podiatrist to specialise in any lower limb problem.
Why is it important to look after your feet?
Basic hygiene and nail cutting may be all that’s needed to keep your feet in good shape and pain free. Foot problems can cause significant discomfort and if left untreated may develop into serious problems, most of these can be treated quickly and effectively once identified.
At Foot Stop podiatry we offer a full range of Chiropody treatments. This involves the podiatrist analysing the foot health of the patient.
Absolute confidentiality is assured. The treatment time is approximately thirty minutes.
We are able to treat all foot conditions such as:
Foot Stop is proud to offer Swift Verruca Treatments!
What is Swift?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of
skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a
special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
Does it hurt?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist or dermatologist may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade. Pain levels vary from
person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding.
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). Your Podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you.
Can anyone receive this treatment?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on