Podiatry @ Physio Plus+

What is podiatry? … And why might I need it?

Podiatry is one of the allied health professions, which specialises in the diagnosis and management of both lower limb and foot conditions.

Your feet must last a lifetime and most people walk 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach 50! Regular foot care can make sure your feet are up to the job.

With proper detection, intervention and care most feet and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.

Foot pain can be very debilitating and in some cases can cause discomfort elsewhere in the body, commonly affecting the ankles, knees, hips and occasionally the lower back.  Podiatrists are able to care for individuals with specific foot pain, or others who experience secondary referred pain, which also can be associated with a range of medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and also neurological disease.

Today, podiatrists play a key role in helping to successfully manage high- risk patients like diabetics by helping to avoid foot–related complications through the routine management of wound care. 15% of people with diabetes commonly get open sores or ulcers which are most commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Another aspect of the management plan is designing custom orthotics to off load pressure areas in the foot.

Podiatrists can cater for a variety of patients, from those seeking routine care such as the trimming of nails and removal of hard skin and corns or dealing with fungal nail infections to athletes with biomechanical problems requiring orthotics (insoles) and also high risk patients who might require a more customised frequent care plan.

Custom orthotics

We offer a custom casting service allowing Sian to prescribe Moulded Orthotics for clients with  more complicated foot problems. These made to measure foot supports give an exact fit and provide degrees of correction and amounts of support to keep the body in straight alignment. They are used widely for diabetic foot management, walking and in sports and running to provide shock absorption . 

Physio Plus has also teamed up with Superfeet orthotics to provide standard off-the-shelf orthotics that can suit a variety of people with less severe foot conditions.

Random foot facts

+ Women have 4 times more foot problems as men
+ The heel hits the ground with in excess of 3-5 times body weight
+ 75% of people will experience foot pain in their lives
+ There are 250000 sweat glands in a pair of feet
+ After pregnancy women’s feet can elongate up to one size
80% of feet are unstable

Treatments

+ Routine care: The management of skin and nail conditions including fungal and thickened nails, corns and callous (hard skin), verruca and also blistering and athletes foot.
Biomechanics: Lower limb assessment and gait analysis involving the treatment of a range of foot conditions (soft tissue and structural) including flat feet, excessive pronation, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, heel pain, ankle pain, knee pain, tendonitis, tight calves, high arched feet, claw toes, and mortons neuroma.
+ High risk: Conservative and corrective care provided to individuals with high risk medical conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, including foot ulcer management.
Nail surgery: Commonly associated with ingrown toe nails when conservative care has been unsuccessful.  Either a partial or total surgical removal of the ingrown nail will be preformed under a local anaesthetic.
Footwear advice: Footwear has a huge influence and is renowned for being a contributing factor towards many foot ailments.  Professional advice is offered to every patient seeking podiatric treatment in an attempt to eradicate foot and or lower limb pain.
+ Home visits: home visits are available on request for routine foot treatments within a 6 mile radius.

Pensioners Podiatry  was launched at the start of 2014 offering £5 discount for review treatments..