Podiatry provides preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a range of foot problems to enhance people’s quality of life through helping them improve their mobility.
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What is Podiatry?

Podiatry provides preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the feet. This can include infections, defects and injuries, as well as foot and nail conditions related to other major health disorders such as diabetes.

Podiatrists used to be known as chiropodists and both are protected titles.  A Podiatrist/Chiropodist has to have completed an approved undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme and register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Benefits of Podiatry

The following are some of the common treatments carried out by your Podiatrist.
Debridement of corns, calluses and cracked heels

Treatment involves painlessly removing excess layers of hard and dry skin and rehydrating it to get the skin back to being supple again. Corns are normally due to abnormal foot function or unsuitable footwear.  Cracked heels require reduction of dry/hard skin around the edges of the cracks to allow them to heal again. Ongoing application of cracked heel balms can help prevent them returning.

Reduction of ingrown, thickened and damaged toenails

Thickened and damaged toenails are painlessly reduced using either a diamond or ceramic burr.  People who have been very active tend to be more prone to damaged nails. Sometimes if it's caught early, conservative treatment can be enough to clear the edge of the nail. If that doesn’t work then minor nail surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic.

Prevention and management of Diabetic feet symptoms

The best way to manage diabetic feet is to catch them early or prevent any problems before they start. I use a a doppler ultrasound to listen to the blood flow as wells as a monofilament to assess sensation on the soles of the feet. This helps diagnosing any sensory numbness.  We will help keep your feet in the best health with correct nail trimming, reducing excess hard skin and keeping them moisturised as they are prone to being dry.

Meet your therapist

Hello I am Emma Barrow, I graduated in 1998 with a BSc(hons) in Podiatry and I have greatly enjoyed my work in both the NHS and private practice.  In 2005 I started “Treat Your Feet” to enable me to give my clients healthier and more comfortable feet.

Contact details

Treat Your Feet provides a friendly and professional service to give a tailor-made treatment for your particular foot complaint. Putting a spring back into your step and giving you healthier, more comfortable feet.

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