Finer Feet

In order to put you at ease, and offer you as much advice as possible, we have created this Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you have a question which is not raised below, please feel free to call us or email us on info@dentalacademy.co.uk and we will do our best to answer your query as soon as possible.

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is the new name for Chiropody.  Podiatry is the medical name for a specialist area of medicine relating to your feet.  A Podiatrist is, in essence, a foot doctor.

Who should see a Podiatrist?

Anybody and everybody should see a podiatrist from the very young to the elderly for advice.  We should take care of our feet for life, as during our life time the average person walks a distance equivalent to walking 3 times around the world.

Isn’t aching feet a natural part of growing old?

No! Painful and uncomfortable feet aren’t a natural part of growing old.  A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility.  A chiropodist or podiatrist is a highly trained professional in the assessment of the lower limb and foot health.

What sort of things do Podiatrists, or Chiropodists do?

The types of treatment we offer are explained in full on our Services Page.  The quick answer is they range from simple toenail cutting and hard skin or wart removal, to the management of more complex conditions that require detailed assessment such as sports injuries.

What are the dos and don’ts to make sure I take care of my feet?

GENERAL CARE

Wash your feet daily. Do not soak feet as this causes drying of the skin.

Use a soft cloth or cotton wool to clean in between your toes each time you wash.

Dry your feet well and in between your toes thoroughly.

Use moisturising cream daily on dry skin but do not apply between the toes.

Do not use hard skin removing treatments, areas of hard skin can be reduced by gently rubbing with a foot file or pumice stone.

Do not use corn plasters or corn paints as they contain acids that could cause damage to your skin. Always seek advice from a podiatrist/chiropodist or GP.

Inspect your feet daily.  If your skin is red, itchy or sore or if hard skin cracks or wounds appear, cover with a clean, dry dressing and seek advice from your podiatrist/chiropodist or GP.

NAIL CARE

Nails should be cut following the natural curve of the toe using nail clippers/scissors. Take care not to cut them too short.

Never cut down the sides of the nail as this may cause the nail to become ingrowing.

Use a nail file to reduce any thickened nail.

FOOTWEAR

To avoid areas of pressure consider the following when choosing your foot wear:

Is the shoe is long enough?

Is the shoe is wide enough?

Is the shoe deep enough at the front (toe box)?

What ever you needs, we can help! Contact Us if you have further questions.