Podiatry & chiropody treatment
Our expert podiatrists in Leeds and Manchester offer effective treatment for problems relating to the feet and lower legs. From nail and skincare to musculoskeletal issues, our experienced practitioners are on hand to support you in achieving full foot health.
What is podiatry and chiropody treatment?
Podiatry and chiropody is a branch of medicine focusing on the study, diagnosis and treatment of issues relating to the feet and lower limbs. Our practitioners in Leeds and Manchester can help with a variety of issues and are experienced in all areas of podiatry, including:
- Biomechanical issues and gait analysis
- Custom made insoles and orthotics
- Problematic nails
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ingrown toenails
- Callus (hard skin)
What is the difference between chiropody and podiatry?
There is no difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist, however podiatry is a modern term adopted in the UK and elsewhere to reflect treatment advancements and changes in regulations within the profession. All podiatrists and chiropodists are fully insured and regulated.
How is treatment performed?
Your treatment will depend completely on the symptoms you present with and the diagnosis from your podiatrist.
During your initial consultation, your practitioner will take your general medical history and ask about your current symptoms. They will then create a tailored treatment plan to help you back to full foot health.
Generally your podiatry appointment will include:
- Cutting and shaping, with special attention paid to the thinning of thickened nails or problematic and ingrown nails.
- General foot skincare and removal of corns, callus and treatment of cracked heels.
- Identification and treatment of verrucas if present
Medical nail cutting
Our podiatrists are fully trained and experienced in medical nail cutting which reduces the risk of developing further issues such as thickening or ingrown nails. This is particularly important if you are diabetic or have other long-term conditions.
If you are suffering from ingrown toenails, you will generally require medical nail surgery. This can be carried out in our clinic after an initial assessment, during which your clinician will tell you what to expect and answer any questions you have about the procedure. You may need either:
PNA: removal of part of the nail (partial nail avulsion)
or in extreme cases,
TNA: removal of the whole nail (total nail avulsion)
If you have verrucas present, our clinic is well-equipped to remove them quickly and with as little pain as possible. Verrucas are caused by the HPV virus and lay between layers of skin on the foot. They can be treated effectively using cryotherapy (freezing), dry needling or chemicals. Your podiatrist will be able to advise you on which treatment is most suitable for your particular case.
Corns, calluses and cracked heels
Corns, calluses, and cracked heels are the most common foot issues we see. These areas of hard skin are formed due to friction and pressure from the way we walk or our footwear. Our podiatrists can easily remove and treat these areas and advise you of how to prevent these problems reoccurring in future.
Biomechanics issues, gait analysis and orthotics
If your podiatrist believes pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips or lower back is caused by the way you move, they will suggest you have a visual gait analysis. During this appointment, your podiatrist will examine the way you move and identify any abnormalities or imbalances.
If your podiatrist determines any issues during your gait analysis, they may suggest orthotics or insoles. These products fit within your footwear and adjust your foot shape to offer support. They may be custom-made or off-the-shelf (more generic shapes), depending on your individual case.
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Leeds : 0113 345 5060
Manchester : 0161 503 5656
Leeds Park Sq
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
Manchester, Queen Street
Freedom Care Clinics
Same Day Doctor
28 Queen St