Podiatry

What is a podiatrist?

Podiatrists can be thought of as a type of foot doctor. They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and toes, they can teach you how to walk properly and can advise you on what type of footwear suits your individual needs.

Podiatrists can treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems including:

Flat feet
Heel pain
Plantar fasciitis
Verruca
Toenail problems such as thickened, fungal or ingrowing toe nails
Corns and calluses
Athlete’s foot
Smelly feet
Dry and cracked heels

Biomechanics and Orthotics

A Biomechanics assessment is an examination of your lower limb function. It will look closely at the way you perform functional tasks, such as walking, jumping, standing etc. The idea is to identify any potential imbalances and abnormalities that may be impacting on you function. In some cases, even a subtle imbalance could be one of the underlying causes of pain in your feet, knees, hips or back.

In most cases, imbalances are caused by weakness or tightness in particular muscles in your body. In order to address these issues and rebalance your body, Physiotherapy can work really nicely along side podiatry. A Physiotherapist can offer a individualised programme in order to strengthen the muscles that are impacting your function.

However, there are some cases where strengthening and Physiotherapy alone may not be enough in order to change the imbalance in your body. At this point, an appropriate orthotic prescription could be key.

Orthoses are artificial supports designed specifically for the client in order to prevent or correct a deformity, or to promote function, or reduce pain in an affected area.

 

 

Podiatry at Comfort Health

At Comfort Health, we have the brilliant Podiatrist, Hannah Beute. For more info on Hannah, see her profile page here…

You may want to come and see Hannah for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling of peeling on the soles or any other foot related problem.

Hannah can also assess your biomechanics and can also supply orthotics, including tailor made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain, ankle pain, knee pain etc

Even if your feet are in generally good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin removed, or treat yourself or a family member to Hannah’s medical pedicures.

 

To book in with Hannah, click below to reach her profile page with her contact details…

Hannah Beute

 

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