Five common misconceptions about podiatry

There are several common misconceptions about podiatry, here are some of the top misconceptions:

  1. Podiatrists are not real doctors: This is a widespread misconception. Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in podiatric medicine. They complete a four-year podiatric medical school and receive extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions. They also undergo residency training and can pursue additional specialized certifications or fellowships.

  2. Podiatrists only treat toenail and corn problems: While podiatrists do address toenail and corn issues, their scope of practice goes far beyond that. They are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, fractures, sprains, diabetic foot care, nerve problems, skin conditions, and structural abnormalities.

  3. Surgery is the only treatment option offered by podiatrists: While podiatrists are capable of performing surgical procedures, they also employ non-surgical treatment options extensively. They may use orthotics, physical therapy, medication, injections, and other conservative methods to manage foot and ankle problems. Surgery is typically recommended when non-invasive treatments have been exhausted or when it is the most appropriate course of action for the condition.

  4. Foot pain is normal and should be tolerated: Many people believe that foot pain is an inevitable part of life, especially as they age. However, persistent foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. Podiatrists are skilled in identifying the underlying causes of foot pain and developing treatment plans to alleviate discomfort and improve mobility.

  5. Anyone can perform podiatric procedures: Some individuals may think that anyone can trim toenails or perform basic foot care procedures. However, podiatric procedures require proper training and knowledge to ensure safe and effective treatment. Attempting to perform such procedures without proper training can lead to complications or worsening of the condition.

It’s important to dispel these misconceptions and recognize the expertise and specialized knowledge that podiatrists bring to the field of foot and ankle care. If you have concerns or issues with your feet or ankles, consulting with a qualified podiatrist is highly recommended.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.