All of our Didcot & Oxford chiropodists are State Registered and members of the Health Professionals Council (HPC), so you can rest assured that you’re in the hands of highly experienced experts in chiropody. They are expertly trained to diagnose and treat the following foot disorders:
- Callus (hard skin)
- Dry cracked heels
- In-growing toenails
- Tough thickened nails
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Professional advice on foot problems & proper care
Chiropody at the chiropody clinic is . . .
A specialist treatment to rectify an ailment of the foot performed by a chiropodist.
The 30 minute treatment consists of:
- Relaxing footbath to start
- Diagnosing the ailment and advising the course of action to rectify (if multiple treatments are required, a treatment plan will be advised to ensure you get optimum treatment for your ailments)
- Toe nails cut and problem nails dealt with
- Corns, callus and hard skin treated
- Rough skin treated
- Cracked heels smoothed
- Relaxing foot massage to finish and after-care advice given so you can maintain happy, healthy feet.
What is Podiatry?
The term ‘Podiatry’ can only be used by those registered with the Health Professions Council. Inside the profession, chiropody is used to suggest the routine processes of foot care, whilst Podiatry is indicative of higher skills and academic levels as a ‘foot specialist’.
General foot care advice
- Wear sensible shoes. This means avoiding court shoes, slip ons and high heels. Always buy shoes that fit your feet rather than squeezing your feet into fashionable shoes.
- Wash your feet everyday, paying particular attention to the area in between your toes. Check to make sure your feet are problem free.
- If your feet are dry, apply a foot cream (but not in between the toes), paying particular attention to any areas of hard skin.
- If you have excessive moisture between your toes, use surgical spirit applied with a cotton bud, a couple of times a week.
- Do not use home “lotions and potions” to remove corns and hard skin. Leave it to the chiropodist.
- Keep your toenails at a reasonable length. Long toenails can catch hosiery and dig into other toes. After you have cut them, use a file to ensure they are smooth.
- If you have poor circulation or diabetes, it is vital that you check your feet every day. Minor wounds, areas of redness or discharge, should be dressed with an antiseptic and sterile dressing.
- You should consult your chiropodist as soon as possible to attend for regular check ups.