What is Podiatry and how can it help?
I want to help clear up any confusion many of us have regarding Podiatrists.
When I tell people I am a Podiatrist, I always get asked what a Podiatrist actually does.
I hope by the end of reading this you will be far more aware of what a Podiatrist can help you with.
Podiatrists focus uniquely on problems concerning the foot and lower limbs.
Our feet are our foundation, they support us through daily living from working all day to our exercise and our hobbies, problems in our feet can have effects all the way up into our backs, so looking after them is quite an important task.
As a podiatrist, I work with a wide variety of individuals from children and adults, right through to elite sports people or the elderly. Here at StudioXphys my load is split between musculoskeletal patients, Diabetic assessments and General foot care.
If you are experiencing any issues with your feet, ankles and lower limb, in general, I am confident I can help you reach your goal.
Common issues people present with (though definitely not limited to) are: Heel pain, Arch pain, Forefoot pain, Arthritis, Flat feet, Achilles pain, Shin pain and Knee pains. Each caused by varying factors like the amount of load placed through these structures, weak muscles, reduced or increased joint range of motions.
Treatment options vary for each individual based on our assessment but may include: Activity modification, Strengthening and stretching exercises, Footwear advice, Shockwave therapy, Orthotics therapy and Reassurance.
We also provide Diabetic assessments to ensure that diabetics are not at immediate risk of developing related complications such as Ulcerations and Gangrene by assessing blood flow and nerve function in the feet.
As well as foot pain and Diabetes, I am also here to help if you are having trouble with Ingrown toenails, corns/callus, heel fissuring, thick nails and fungal nails.
Our culture at StudioXphys is to help provide access to the experiences you enjoy, and goals you want to achieve.
However pain or injury to your feet and legs can immeasurably impact on these experiences, or in some cases even prevent you from doing the things that make you happy.
Many Podiatrists treat with a two-dimensional approach. A quick assessment, maybe a few exercises and recommend orthotics, once fitted with these orthotics they will want to see you yearly for new orthotics. I have been a part of clinics like this and have treated this way in the past.
We offer a longer initial consult that allows us to communicate effectively, for me to see beyond your pain and into what is happening daily, the effects it has on you emotionally, psychologically and physically. To have a thorough assessment and develop our treatment plan based on your expectations and the goals you want to achieve. We play a ‘team ‘game and view your pathway with us as a holistic approach from start to finish.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post, I do hope it has helped to give you a better understanding and even made you feel more welcomed into the clinic.
I will be regularly posting blogs and on Facebook and Instagram, more on specific conditions and helpful tools for you to use at home, so please keep an eye out and I welcome you to ask questions.
I am so looking forward to being able to meet you all and help you on your individual journeys.