What is Podiatry?
Podiatry (also known as Chiropody) is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the feet.
Podiatrists are highly skilled professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate conditions of the feet and lower limbs. The Podiatry clinic at Teddington Osteopaths offers foot care for children and adults including:
- Foot pain & heel pain eg planter fasciitis
- Nail surgery under local anaesthetic
- Corns and callus
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal infections
- Thickened nails
- Diabetic care/assessments
- Chilblain advice
- Foot ulcerations/breakdowns
- Simple insoles and redistribution padding
What is the difference between Podiatry and Chiropody?
Podiatry is just the new name for Chiropody. The name was changed in 1993 as the international recognised name for a foot specialist. But many people in Britain (including many of our patients) still use Chiropody.
Ingrown toenail is when the sides of the toenail grow into the skin around the nail. This can cause pain, swelling and redness and, if left untreated, can cause infection. Usually the big toe is affected but it can occur on any toe.
Ingrown toenail can affect anyone but it is more commonly seen in teens and in older people.
We would advise that you seek professional advice to avoid the risk of infection and certainly if you suspect that the area is already infected. You should seek professional advice immediately if you have diabetes and think that you may have ingrown toenail.
Surgery may be recommended if ingrown toenail is persistent and severe.
Why is foot care so important if you have diabetes?
Diabetes (Type I and II) can cause nerve and blood vessel damage from high glucose levels in the blood, which leads to decreased sensation (neuropathy) and reduced blood supply within the lower limb and foot. The changes are gradual, but it is important to check feet regularly in order to prevent problems from becoming worse.