What Is Podiatry
The profession of podiatry has developed from its origins in chiropody to become a medical specialty dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb. Podiatry has developed a broad scope of practice focusing on the use of scientific principles for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of a wide range of lower limb disorders.
Podiatrists are autonomous professionals who may also work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within healthcare. They are enthusiastic, independent professionals who are able to adapt to working in a variety of clinical environments both within the National Health Service and the private sector. Podiatry continues to be a developing progressive profession enhancing patient mobility and quality of life.
Podiatry in its modern sense involves total care of the feet and through them, the whole body. Podiatrists will ask many questions about your general health. This isn’t being nosey, we are included in the whole medical team and may work closely with your GP, Consultant, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Physiotherapist etc.
Podiatrists are highly trained professionals specializing in assessment and treatment of lower limb and foot pathologies. They have undertaken a 3 years comprehensive medical training and achieved a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Podiatric Medicine. The Podiatrist is then qualified to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders/diseases of the lower limb and foot.
What We Treat
The PODOCARE© Podiatrists will assess and treat the lower limb for biomechanical deformities and musculoskeletal injuries. By looking at the way certain joints and muscles function the Podiatrists at The PODOCARE© are able to determine if the way you are walking may be contributing to a current injury or may cause an injury in the future.
When you attend your first appointment we will ask you to complete a questionnaire with a variety of personal and medical questions. All the questions we ask are relevant to your treatment and if you have any queries please let us know. We are bound by the Data Protection Act and are registered with the Information Commissioner. (Please refer to the link )
We will ask you about aspects of your medical care such as conditions from which you are suffering, medications you take and operations you may have undergone. We do not ask these to be nosy but to help form a picture of your health and well being which will help us decide what treatments to carry out. If you are not accurate in the answers that you provide we will be unable to give your accurate advice or carry out our treatments correctly.
Should there be any changes in your health, medications or personal details please advise us at your next appointment. We will always endeavour to ask about any changes when you attend.
Consent to Treatment
You will receive a written consent form for you to sign at your first treatment and you may receive additional consent forms should you require any advanced practice treatments such as surgery. Should you wish to withdraw your consent to treatment at any time please let the treating podiatrist know. By signing the consent forms you are stating that you have your own right of consent for medical treatments. Minors (under 16 years old) will require some- one with parental consent to sign their forms and accompany them to treatments.