First Visit & Treatment

Complaint History

During your first treatment with the podiatrist you will be asked questions about the history of your complaint, about your symptoms; when they are at their best and their worst. You will also be asked about your lifestyle as well as any past medical history. This will help the podiatrist decide upon the most effective treatment plan for your individual needs.

First Visit

During your first visit, the podiatrist will carry out some non-invasive examinations including vascular, neurological, dermatological and musculoskeletal assessments. In order to do this the podiatrist will ask you to remove your shoes and socks and may require you to change into shorts or roll trousers up above the knee. Changing will take place away from any communal areas. It is a good idea to bring with you the shoes that you usually wear in your daily life and for exercise.

Report of findings

Following your case history and examination, the podiatrist will discuss with you their findings and their expectations of treatment, including their approach and an approximation of how many treatments you will require.

Treatment

Your treatment will depend on the type of complaint you are experiencing. Some of the common treatments are explained further below.

Your podiatrist may use sharp debridement, in which, a scalpel is used to remove hard skin in the form of corns and callus. All treatments are carried out following the latest guidelines and with the highest standards of hygiene and sterilisation of instruments.

Your podiatrist may give you exercises and stretches to do on a regular basis at home or they may prescribe an orthotic to fit inside your usual shoe. In the latter case a temporary insole may be given and reviewed at a subsequent appointment and if successful, a more permanent orthotic can be made for you.

Your podiatrist may recommend nail surgery performed under local anaesthetic, for some infected, septic or painful nail conditions. There are a number of procedures that are possible and your podiatrist will discuss your options with you before gaining consent for the procedure. The highest standards of hygiene are adhered to and the procedure is performed under sterile conditions to reduce the risk of infection.

Continuing Care

In some cases it is not possible to cure your complaint completely and therefore it may be necessary to continue regular visits to maintain and monitor your foot health once the problem has been treated. This is similar to having your teeth checked regularly by your dentist. Your Podiatrist may also suggest exercises and possible changes in your lifestyle that can help you to keep fit, healthy and pain-free.