Most Frequent Asked Questions for Podiatry
There is no difference between Chiropodist & Podiatrist. Podiatrist is a term used globally for many years and is therefore more recognisable internationally.
At the first appointment we need to take a full medical history so it would be a good idea to bring details of your registered GP practice and any lists of medication.
During an appointment you will sit and discuss any issues prior to these being treated. This will involve sitting on a couch upright where you can engage and watch any treatment that is offered
Depending on the problem being treated most things do not hurt. However, if an injection is required or another procedure such as cryo or swift this will hurt and the intensity can vary from one person to another.
The number of treatments will vary from person to person depending on the nature of the problems being treated. Some people may only require one treatment and other will require on-going maintenance. This can be discussed at the initial consultation.
An appointment typically last between 15-30 mins depending on the treatment being given. Initially we book everyone in for a 30-minute assessment to allow discussion and treatment plan.
Diabetics need to take additional care to look after their feet as the nerve endings in them can become damaged due to high blood sugars leading to numbness. This in turn means that a diabetic may not feel any skin damage occurring such as blistering or a large corn formation. They then tend to present only when a problem becomes more serious such as in the event of diabetic foot ulceration. Regular treatment is a good to prevent foot ulceration occurring.
Payment is due at the appointment. This can be made using a credit or debit card.
Anyone can self-refer for treatment to see a Private Podiatrist. The only time you would need a GP or consultants’ referral would be for treatment on the NHS.
Some health insurance providers will cover Podiatry and others will not unless they are seen in one of their registered clinics. It is best to check with the provider first.