A podiatrist is the first port of call for anything to do with the feet. We are the only healthcare professional that has spent at least 3 years studying the foot and its complications.
If you have any of the problems listed below, it is advisable to seek the advice of a Podiatrist –
- Thickened or long toenails and unable to cut
- Fungal or trauma nails
- Cracked heels
- Dry skin to feet
- Callus (hard skin)
- Discomfort from toenails – e.g. - thickened, discoloured, ingrowing
- Foot pain – e.g. - heel, pad of the foot, toes, ankles
- Foot emergency – e.g. – swelling, numbness, infection, non healing wound
- General advice – e.g. – footwear, footcare
- Medical conditions requiring extra special foot care – e.g. – diabetic, rheumatoid, immuno suppressed.
A sharp, sterile surgical blade may be used by the Podiatrist to remove hard skin or corns. Due to the nature of this procedure, patients will be made aware that bleeding may occur. If this is the case a dressing will be used and instructions will be given to the patient on the care of the lesion.
The Podiatrist can refer and liaise with your GP and any other relevant healthcare Practitioners with your knowledge and consent.