Podiatry

Podiatry is a health care profession specialising in the care and management of the foot, ankle and lower limb. Conditions range from treating heel pain to cutting toe nails.

If you are not able to continue with your daily activities due to foot pain, your first course of action should be to see a foot and ankle specialist, a podiatrist.

Podiatrists are commonly known to cut nails and remove hard skin, however, there is much more to podiatry. To become a podiatrist requires completing a three year degree with training a range of aspects (which are listed below).

Routine podiatry

This is maintenance care that may require appointments every 6, 8 or 12 weeks. We treat all ages for the following:

  • Nail cutting
  • Ingrown nail treatment
  • Corn enucleation
  • Callus/hard skin removal
  • Verrucae
  • Lacuna – treatment for fungal nails infections

Biomechanical assessment

We use various assessment techniques to diagnose a wide range of conditions such as:

  • Heel pain
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Arthritic pains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle pain

Foot Mobilisation

Foot mobilisation therapy (FMT) is one of the treatments we specialise in and use to treat the above conditions.

It is a specialised hands on treatment, only available in a few clinics in Northern Ireland, that involves mobilising the feet and using corrective exercises to help restore movement.

We help reduce restrictions and improve mobility in your feet and ankles, so you can do the things you enjoy most, such as play with your grandchildren or simply walk around the shops.

With FMT, we encourage patients to be active and involved in the treatment plans, educating them on how to help themselves.

Podiatry or Chiropody: what’s the difference?

We often get asked what is the difference in podiatry and chiropody. To be honest, there isn’t any.

In 1993 it was decided that the old term “chiropodist” would be replaced with “podiatrist” to follow international standards. Podiatry is now exclusively taught in Universities (13 across the UK) where in the past this was not the case for Chiropody.

Podiatry is a growing profession, with podiatrist’s attending additional personal development courses, such as FMT, allowing clinics to expand in the treatments available to their patients.