THE OSTEOPATHIC HOUSE
WHAT IS PODIATRY?

Olivia Dowd is our in-house podiatrist, she can be found on a Friday afternoon at the Osteopathic House.
Here is some information about podiatry taken from the NHS web site.

Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.

They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, including:

  • The Osteopathic Housetoenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
  • corns and calluses
  • verrucas
  • athlete's foot
  • smelly feet
  • dry and cracked heels
  • flat feet
  • bunions
  • heel pain
  • ageing feet
  • blisters
  • gout
  • sports injuries

How can a podiatrist help?

You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles, or any other foot-related problem.

Podiatrists can also supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain. You put the orthotic device into your shoe to re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot, or simply to make your shoes more comfortable.

Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you're wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you're looking after your feet properly.

Podiatrists can also help with more complex foot problems including preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise.

What's the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

There's no difference between a podiatrist and chiropodist, but podiatrist is a more modern name.