With 15 therapies plus 17 types of massage available at Ashlins it can be difficult to know which therapy is best for you.
We’re taking a closer look at each of our therapies. Today we’re in conversation with Tim Hawes about Podiatry. The therapy is also known as Chiropody and focuses on disorders of the foot and lower limb.
Most Commonly Treated Conditions:
Podiatrists treat a wide range of conditions affecting the foot but our top three are
- Plantar fasciitis
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Fungal nail infection
What advice can you give to someone suffering with plantar fasciitis?:
For plantar fasciitis I often recommend a heel stretch and a big toe stretch followed by a 10 minute ice pack application to the sole of the foot.
What training do you need to become a Podiatrist?:
You need to do a 3 year undergraduate degree in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine. The course involves detailed study of anatomy & physiology, disorders of the foot, bio-mechanics, pharmacology, surgery and orthopaedics plus many hours of supervised clinical practice.
Upon graduation you must register with Health and Care Professions Council in order to practice in the UK.
What happens during a consultation?:
During a consultation a full history of the condition is taken, pinpointing the nature of, location of, duration of and possible causes of any discomfort.
We will also discuss your general health and medical history before moving on to a thorough examination of the problem area.
Treatment options can then be discussed, and if time allows we will begin treatment during your consultation.
You should try podiatry if:……………….
You experience any discomfort in the lower limb, if you suffer from chronic hard skin or if you are diabetic. The foot in an amazing structure and can be a mirror of your general health. Keeping the feet healthy and pain free is vital for your overall well being.
For more information or to book an appointment, call us on 020 8520 5268.