Podiatry & Chiropody
Our routine private podiatry covers the treatment of a range of common foot ailments that most of us will suffer from at some point in our lifetime.
Podiatry & Chiropody: An Overview
A routine Podiatry appointment enables us to maintain your feet on a day to day basis. Throughout your lifetime it's normal to encounter general foot problems that we can treat via a standard appointment, but this also enables us to diagnose more complex issues and recommend specialised treatment paths.
Some of the common issues we deal with are:
Foot & Nail Care
General Podiatry and Chiropody is focused primarily on everyday foot care and covers a wide array of general maintenance, such as correctly cutting, filing and reducing the thickness of the toe nails, removing areas of hard skin and providing advice on suitable products related to the overall care of your feet. This is increasingly important as we age or suffer reduced mobility as routine foot care becomes very difficult to perform ourselves.
Calluses are areas of thick yellowing skin on the feet which can make walking very painful. They typically occur on areas of the foot exposed to excessive pressure or friction - there can be a number of reasons for this but a typical situation would be poorly fitting shoes or the thinning of the fatty tissue under the ball of the foot.
Corns often occur on weight bearing areas of the foot, or those areas experiencing high pressure. There are several types of corn under these different circumstances, some can be quite passive and cause little practical concern, whilst others can be extremely painful. Either way a corn is a symptom of a specific problem, something we can diagnose and treat appropriately.
Fungal Nail Infection
A very common issue, fungal nail infection affects around 3 in every 100 people in the UK. Toenails can appear yellowy brown in colour and begin to crumble when infected. Although it's not particularly painful at first, over time as the nails thicken pain can occur as more pressure is placed upon the nail bed.
Athletes foot is an infection caused by fungus which can appear in between the toes and on the feet. It can make the skin red, flaky and itchy and as the name suggests those playing regular sport are at particular risk. Whilst with treatment it can clear it up in a matter of days, if misdiagnosed the symptoms can persist for months if not years.
Verrucas are a form of the Human Papiloma virus and are generally contracted at communal places such as swimming pools and changing areas. They are similar in appearance to corns, but have visible small black dots at their centre and can be quite painful.
Podiatry & Chiropody: The Appointment
A standard Podiatry appointment will last around 30 minutes and we would typically advise routine appointments every 6 weeks where necessary. We'd ask that you attend in the shoes you wear most often and remove all nail varnish in advance.
A full medical history will be taken at your first appointment so please bring along a list of your current medication for our records. The Podiatrist will treat the problem on the day and advise you of any footwear adjustments that you may need to make.
If we require any prescription medication, X-Rays or MRI scans then we will liaise with your GP on your behalf to make the necessary arrangements. Likewise if you require any Podiatric surgery or consultations with surgical specialists, we can refer you directly to the the Foot and Ankle Surgery Department at Highfield Hospital in Rochdale or the local NHS trust where necessary.
Payment will be taken upon completion of your appointment and you can pay by cash, cheque, or credit / debit card. Where required a printed invoice can be provided upon payment. Furthermore as HCPC registered Podiatrists we are also covered by most major private medical insurance companies including Bupa, Aviva, and Simply Health.
Podiatry & Chiropody: Book an Appointment
If you'd like to book a Podiatry & Chiropody appointment with Walk Right Podiatry just get in touch. Our location on Drake Street in Rochdale means we're easily accessible from the whole of the Greater Manchester area. We can usually offer appointments within 24-48 hours and we'll always try to accommodate emergency appointments where possible.