The Practice offers a range of treatments
  1. General Chiropody
  2. Verrucae & Warts
  3. Fungal Nail Infections
  4. Diabetes
  5. Children's Feet
  6. Footwear Advice
  7. Biomechanical Assessment
  8. Foot Orthotics & Insoles

General Chiropody

General Chiropody is the treatment of skin and nail conditions such as corns, callus, hard skin. If you are concerned with the skin or nails on your feet then this is the treatment for you. It is also the right treatment if you just want your feet checked over or perhaps to give them a little treat for all the work they do.

As everyone’s feet are unique it is difficult to say exactly what your treatment will involve, but “general chiropody” is not usually painful, and is in fact quite relaxing for many people. Your clinician will discuss your treatment plan with you and if you have any particular concerns, please do not hesitate to raise them.

Your treatment begins by discussing any concerns you may have - such as difficult toenails, painful corns, hard skin, etc. If the podiatrist/chiropodist notices anything else then you will be made aware of it and either have it treated during this appointment, or be advised on what to do next. Creams, sprays, ointments, dressings and padding may also be applied at the end of the treatment.

The treatment will last approximately 30 minutes, though this may be altered according to your needs after your first appointment.

In-growing Toe Nails

In-growing toe nails are basically nails that grow into the skin around the nail, making the toe painful. They can sometimes become swollen, red, infected and have a mixture of yellowy liquid and blood coming from the painful area. They should be treated as soon as possible as they usually become more difficult and painful the longer they are left.

At Feet First Podiatry we know how uncomfortable and often very painful in-growing toe nails can be. We will always try to treat you as quickly as possible and discuss all treatment methods with you. It is important to us that you understand your treatment and that you are comfortable with it. We can treat in-growing toe nails conservatively by seeing you on a regular basis or by minor surgery where a small part of the nail is removed under local anaesthetic. (You should not drive after having local anaesthetic and it is always useful to have someone accompany you home).

Your initial treatment will last approximately 30 minutes. Future appointments or a full nail surgery assessment will be arranged by your podiatrist/chiropodist accordingly.


Verrucae and Warts

Verrucae and warts are caused by viruses. They are usually contagious and caught in areas where there are many people walking around without any shoes on - e.g. swimming pools, public changing rooms and dance studios. They can be painful, though this is not usually the case.

You should always have a verruca checked by your podiatrist/chiropodist before having any treatment. As there are many different treatments (each with their own advantages and disadvantages), it is important that you and your clinician decide on a treatment plan suitable for you. Options include, home treatments, homoeopathic remedies, caustics and freezing.

The first appointment will last approximately 30 minutes, allowing the podiatrist/chiropodist to assess your feet and treat the verruca. You will then usually be required to return for a series of treatments - the number of treatments is dependant on your particular verruca.


Fungal Infections

Fungal infections can affect the skin and/or the nails and is often a source of embarrassment for many people. Depending on the type of fungus, the appearance of an infection varies – the skin may be flaky, red, white, dry or moist and itchy; nails may be thickened, crumbly, splitting, white, yellow or brown. It can be treated though, so for all of you who simply hide your feet away - make an appointment to see our podiatrists and have happy feet again!

Treatments for fungal infections are usually a combination of home treatments (applying various creams, sprays and tinctures) and appointments with a podiatrist. Occasionally oral medication is required. It is important that the advice given is followed, and problems are discussed with your clinician.

The treatment of fungal infections is carried out in a general chiropody appointment. Your initial appointment will be approximately 30 minutes.


Diabetes & Foot Health

Diabetes affects your whole body, including your feet. It is very important to look after your feet, particularly if you have diabetes, as changes can occur to the blood circulation, skin quality, nails, pain sensation and joint movement. Any infections you acquire may be more difficult to clear and wounds can be slower to heal.

Hard skin and callous should be removed by the podiatrist because if this is left untreated the skin can breakdown underneath and can lead to an ulcer. This is why it is vital that you look after your feet to prevent problems from occurring. Your podiatrist will be able to advise you on this and answer any questions you may have.

You should look after your feet by washing and drying your feet thoroughly, checking for any changes to the skin and nails (including new lesions, cuts, colour change), keeping your nails short (check with the podiatrist to make sure you are doing this correctly) and moisturising (not in between the toes).  If you have any concerns about your feet, book an appointment with our podiatrists immediately so that they can check your feet and, if necessary start treatment straight away.

Children & Foot Health

At Feet First Podiatry we treat all types of feet, including children’s feet. After all, they can get just as many foot problems!

Common problems include verrucae, in-growing toe nails and “flat feet”. We always try to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere so that the child doesn’t feel intimidated.

Children must be accompanied by an adult who can give consent for the treatment. If you have any queries regarding your child’s feet, please to do not hesitate to speak to a podiatrist/chiropodist who will be able to advise you accordingly.

Footwear Advice

A vital part of any patients' foot health is to ensure that they are wearing the correct type and style of shoe for their foot type and presenting condition.  At Feet First Podiatry all our podiatrists are experienced in offering footwear advice.  A standard appointment of 30 minutes should be made for footwear advice, alternatively this will be discussed should it be relevant when you see the podiatrist.

Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanics is about the way your body moves, in particular, how the movements of your lower limb and foot affect the rest of you.

It is important that your feet are in good working order; otherwise you will feel aches and pains in other areas of your body – such as your knees, hips and back, as well as in your feet.

For most people, they will want a biomechanical assessment when they feel something is wrong, e.g. pain in the foot, feeling unstable when standing, unexplained corns and callous or injuring a particular area.

However, you don’t have to have a problem before you have an assessment – it may be recommended by your clinician as a result of seeing you for a different appointment, or you may wish to just have a check so any problems are caught early. 

Visit the Biomechanical Assessment Service page here

Foot Orthoses & Insoles

Orthotics are similar to insoles, in that you put them into your shoes, except that they are used to alter the foot function when you walk. They are prescribed according to your needs and therefore the shape and size differs for different people.

You can think of orthotics like glasses – if someone has bad eyesight, the optician will check the eyes and prescribe a lens to correct this problem; that person then has to find a frame to fit – the better suited the frame is to the lens, the better the glasses work.

Similarly, our podiatrist will advise you on the type of footwear you should wear for your particular orthotics and the better the shoes the better the orthotics work. It is possible to have several pairs of orthotics to fit different types of shoes, or just the one pair that fits into shoes that you wear most often. They are not painful or uncomfortable to wear, but it is important that you have the right ones for you as small variations in the orthotic can significantly change your lower limb and foot function and may be harmful.

At Feet First Podiatry we stock a range of orthotics and insoles that you can take away on the day of your appointment. We also prescribe custom orthotics that have to be sent to a lab to be made and may take about 3 weeks until they are ready for collection. Custom orthotics are made specifically for your needs and when they are ready to be picked up, you will need to come in and have them checked against your feet. You should also have your orthotics reviewed as recommended by your clinician, and have new ones made should they eventually wear out.

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