Foot Health and Podiatry FAQs

Q: Do I need an Initial Assessment even if I have had treatment elsewhere before?
A: Yes – we set aside extra time for an Initial Assessment because we need to take a thorough medical history and intial examination. We are legally obliged to make sure that we have medical records that are up to HCPC standard and this involves an initial assessment.

Q: How do I get rid of a verruca?
A: Treatment for verrucae varies depending on type and location. There are different treatment methods including cryotherapy, salacylic acid and Faulkner’s Multiple Puncture Technique

Q: What if I just want my nails cutting?

A: We offer a Nail Cutting appointment. This is a shorter appointment and only involves cutting the nails.

Q: Do you treat fungal nail infections?
A: Yes – one of the first things in these cases is to ensure that there is actually a fungal infection. There are plenty of conditions that can cause thickening and discolouration of the nails. Some of these can be fairly serious and it is important to rule these out before progressing with any type of treatment.

Q: Do you treat ingrowing toe nails?
A: We do treat ingrowing toenails. For many clients, regular cutting and management of the offending nail can be enough to keep the problem at bay. However, in more serious cases of recurrent pain and infection, nail surgery may be suggested.

Q: Do you treat bunions?
A: If your problem is hard skin or a corn on the bunion, then a Podiatrist/Foot Health Clinician is the person to see. However, if the issue is pain in the joint or pain from rubbing of the shoes, then the Orthotist would be the best person to see.  It will depend on what the problem is with the bunion as to whether the Orthotist can help but he will be able to offer the best advice on management.

Q: I’m doing the Parish Walk. Is a Foot Health treatment a good idea?
A: We have many Parish Walkers who come regularly for podiatry treatments to keep the hard skin (callus) on the feet to a minimum as heavy callus can feel uncomfortable over long distance. It is good to have a podiatry treatment at least a couple of weeks before the Parish Walk as it allows some time for the underlying skin that has been exposed to toughen up a little.