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Podiatry

We ask a lot of our feet. We stand on them, walk on them, run on them if we’re fit enough, and expect them to support our full body weight for hours on end.

So anything wrong down there – from heel pain or ankle pain to warts, verrucae or problem toenails – can have an immediate effect on your freedom of movement and quality of daily life. As Socrates said 2500 years ago, “to him whose feet hurt, everything hurts”.

You can count on our experienced, fully qualified Body Consultancy podiatrists to assess, diagnose and wherever we can treat any condition that’s giving you a problem with your feet or legs. We always aim to take a holistic approach – which means we’ll look at your medical history and lifestyle as well as how your whole body performs in relation to your lower limbs and feet.

Meet our podiatrists Sam Moore and Anthony Cheshire who work from our Ringwood, Highcliffe, Verwood and Portchester clinics.

“Having suffered back pain from February which was severely restricting my activities I was delighted to see Tina for a thorough assessment. The treatment I have had has been excellent and has solved my problem. Tina has been friendly but professional and has explained exactly what she is doing and what I can do to help myself.”
– Ann Livingstone

During your first podiatry appointment with us we’ll take the time to look with you at the full history of your condition, as well as your lifestyle and general medical history. We’ll find out everything we can about your symptoms, including when they’re at their best and their worst.

We’ll also carry out some non-invasive examinations including vascular, neurological, dermatological and musculoskeletal assessments. To help us with this, your podiatrist will ask you to take off your shoes and socks and maybe also change into shorts (in private) or roll your trousers up above the knee. It’s a good idea to bring along the shoes you usually wear in your daily life and for exercise.

All this will help your podiatrist to recommend the most effective individual treatment plan that will work best for you.

Your treatment plan will be based on a thorough initial assessment by your podiatrist when you come for your first visit. This can also sometimes include tapping into one of our other multi-disciplinary specialists in chiropractic care, osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage or personal training.

Your plan might also include changes in your lifestyle that can help you to keep fit, healthy and pain-free – for example exercises and stretches to do at home.

Professional nail cutting

As we get a bit older, it’s not as easy as it once was to reach our feet and toes – and our nails often become thicker and much harder to cut. If you suffer from circulatory problems, you can also be at risk of further complications if you cut your skin. The simple, affordable, no-stress answer is to let your podiatrist take care of it all for you.

Complete chiropody experience

Our most popular podiatry treatment, this takes care of any and all the skin and nail problems with your feet. It includes a professional nail cutting service, the removal of any thick, hard skin or painful corns, and a cream massage that leaves your feet feeling great.

Biomechanics

This is a branch of podiatry that specialises in structured and functional workings of the lower limb and its related complaints. Some of the many common conditions we regularly come across include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – heel pain caused by improper?? mechanics of the foot or lower limb
  • Osgood Schlatters Syndrome – frontal knee pain made worse by walking downstairs or lunging
  • IT Band Syndrome – outer thigh condition often causing hip pain to runners and cyclists

It’s all too easy to put up with those niggling pains. Much better to let one of our professional practitioners carry out a biomechanical assessment, get to the bottom of your problem and come up with an effective treatment plan. This is likely to include an exercise programme, manipulation, an orthotic or insole, or any combination.

Painful or ingrowing toenails

Toenails are there to protect – but they can also become extremely painful. If you need surgery, you’ll be in safe hands with a Body Consultancy podiatrist. Under local anaesthetic we can remove a section of the offending nail and destroy the tissue underneath using a process called phenolization. This makes sure that the nail doesn’t regrow – giving you a lasting and highly effective result.

Warts and verrucae

They can strike at any age. Depending on their size and where they are they can be pretty painful too. You can rely on us to advise on the most effective treatment for you, including:

  • Cryotherapy – freezing the tissue to -170C to trigger an immune response in the body that fights off the verrucae
  • Caustic therapy – surgical debridement plus a strong caustic chemical to remove the wart or verrucae (up to four times stronger than anything off the shelf at your pharmacist)
  • Microwave therapy
“Treatment was very effective and I felt an improvement even after the first session. Treated a back problem and a long standing problem with my neck – both better than they have been for years. Very pleased.”
– Anonymous

Podiatrists are primary healthcare providers – educated to a very high standard in all areas involved in treating lower limb ailments and associated structural deformities.

All our treatments are carried out following the latest guidelines and with the highest standards of hygiene and sterilisation of instruments.

An established profession

The history of podiatry began when man started walking upright. The great philosophers such as Socrates and Hippocrates studied anatomy and movement, while Leonardo Di Vinci made many anatomical drawings of the foot in his studies of human anatomy and movement.

The first constituent body of chiropodists was formed in 1912. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists was founded in 1945.

“To him whose feet hurt, everything hurts”

Socrates (471-401 BC)

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”

Leonardo Di Vinci (1452-1519)

Independent research

Independent research studies into many conditions affecting the lower limb and feet support podiatric treatments. Podiatrists use evidence based treatments to help improve your health, posture, balance, dynamic function and mobility. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend that people with diabetes should see a podiatrist regularly to maintain and monitor their foot health.

Podiatry is a holistic form of treatment. This means that your general state of health and your work and social lifestyle will be taken into account, not just the area that’s causing you pain. Advice and exercises will be given to help prevent your problem recurring. Your podiatrist will always look at the cause of your problem, not just the symptoms, to prevent it reoccurring.

Degree education and statutory registration

Podiatrists study for three years to gain their Bachelor of Science degree qualification. They study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, dermatology, biomechanics and nail surgery. Podiatrists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and must be registered with this body to continue to practice. The name ‘podiatrist’ is protected by law and only those registered may use the title.

Multidisciplinary approach

Body Consultancy offers various forms of treatment in addition to podiatry including chiropractic care, osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage therapy and sports massage therapy. With your consent and if required, your podiatrist may refer you to one of the other practitioners within the clinic. We also have an excellent relationship with local consultants and surgeons.

We offer individualised treatments for each patient, not just the ‘standard routine’ that may be offered elsewhere. Your podiatrist will take time to assess you thoroughly and work with you and your body to find a treatment plan that works best for you.

Research

The information contained on this website has been correlated by the professional practitioners at Body Consultancy to inform you of the services we provide and the conditions we treat.

This information is based on the latest scientific research and gives us the most accurate picture in regard to our scope of practice within the clinic. In no clinical case can we at Body Consultancy guarantee a successful outcome. The prognosis for any clinical presentation of a patient depends on too many variables to guarantee success.

We do not treat complaints where there is no scientific evidence that our treatment modalities taken individually or as a whole programme may be successful.

Please refer to the references below for further information:

  • The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (2010) A guide to the benefits of podiatry to patient care. Available from:http://www.scpod.org/easysiteweb/getresource.axd?assetid=26369&type=0&servicetype=1
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2004) Type 2 diabetes foot problems: Prevention and management of foot problems. CG10
  • Nowacki RM, Air ME and Reitveld AB (2013) Use and effectiveness of orthotics in hyperpronated dancers. Journal of dance medicine and science. 17(1): 3-10.
  • Harradine P, Bevan L and Carter N (2006) An overview of podiatric biomechanics theory and its relation to selected gait dysfunction. Physiotherapy. 92(2): 122-127.
  • Harradine PD and Bevan LS (2000) The effect of rearfoot eversion on maximal hallux dorsiflexion. A preliminary study. Journal of The American Podiatric Medical Association. 90(8): 390-393.
  • Rijken PM, Dekker J, Lankhorst GJ, Dekker E, Bakker K, Dooren J and Rauwerda JA (1999) Podiatric care for diabetic patients with foot problems: an observational study. International journal of rehabilitation research. 22(3): 181-8.
  • Wu SC, Driver VR, Wrobel JS and Armstrong DG (2007) Foot ulcers in the diabetic patient, prevention and treatment. Vascular health and risk management. 3(1): 65-76.

Our fees

Service

Price

Initial Free consultation

Free

Standard Podiatry Appointment

£32

Nail Cut

£22

Biomechanical Assessment:
New Patient Consult
Full Biomechanical Assessment Appointment
(less £50 if previously attended a New Patient Consult Appointment)


£50
£350

Nail Surgery:
One Nail, One Side
Additional Sides


£250
£50

Our three phases of care

Treat – professional assessment

We believe in working with the whole person – not just the painful area. So we’ll spend time really understanding not only your current symptoms, but your daily activities, interests, experiences and goals. This phase involves regular bi-weekly treatment, normally lasting between two and four weeks depending on the duration and complexity of your complaint. We’ll then agree with you what we see as the most likely timetable and commitment from you during the next phase.

Stabilise – stability

We’ll advise you on what needs to change in the way you, move and hold yourself so that your problem doesn’t re-occur. We’ll help you build new habits to support your continued progress to full mobility and movement – while being realistic about what’s possible and what improvements are likely. But we can’t do the exercises for you, or be there to remind you about your posture at your desk, in the car or in front of the TV … so this phase calls for your active participation. The treatments in this phase are weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on how chronic and complex your condition is. Normally though, treatment intervals quickly spread apart. Our philosophy is that you hold the key to the success of the treatments and rehabilitation phases of care.

Maintain – ongoing movement

Our role here is to engage and empower you and your body to do what’s natural. So you need to in to confirm that what we planned together is still possible and working. You’ll stay fully supported by professionals who are on your side for getting the very best out of what life has to offer. This ongoing phase is usually especially important for conditions we refer to as chronic (over 6 month), sub-acute (over 3 months) or acute (last few weeks) with significant re occuring previous episodes.

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Our podiatry team