What do Podiatrists do? Part 1: Foot Care

Foot care

Podiatrists specialise in treating the foot. To do this successfully we also assess the whole lower limb- from the hips to the toes! Today we are going to explore the foot care part of the job.

This entails making sure the skin, nails and bones of the foot stay healthy and comfortable. This can involve simple things like specific footwear advice, different lacing techniques, or advice on self-care, for instance moisturising (which ones to use and when/where) nail cutting or hard skin (callus) management.

We also manage:

  • Difficult to cut nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Hard skin
  • Skin fissures
  • Corns
  • Verruca
  • Dry skin

We have expertise in medical conditions that can affect the foot, like diabetes for example, and can provide screening and advice, as well as management, to help keep the feet healthy.

We have special instruments to cut nails and use scalpel blades to remove corns or callus (don’t worry its usually painless!) We can also intervene in reducing pressure areas for patients. Insoles aren’t necessarily just for sports, an insole or padding may be used to offload a painful corn due to a bony prominence creating a pressure area. Or a special wedge may be used to reduce the build-up of a soft corn between toes.

For further information on what we can do for you or someone you know, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Connor Ratcliffe (Podiatrist)

Contact the Back & Body Clinic today on 01604 875950 or 01604 493066.

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