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The podiatrist’s role is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of lower limb disorders to relieve pain and maintain mobility. Whilst providing foot health services traditionally associated with chiropodists such as treating corns, callus and nail problems they also are qualified to treat people with diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and circulatory diseases and to treat sports injuries.


Foot and Ankle Pain – Pain in the lower limb can be caused by injury, anatomical or physiological problems, footwear or certain activities or a combination of these factors. Biomechanical assessment can identify causes and help relieve the pain through an appropriate treatment plan that may include orthotics and specific exercises.

Provision of orthotics and insoles – Pain caused by limb length difference or biomechanical problems is usually treated with footwear adaptations, insoles or orthotics.

Nail and skin problems – diagnosis and provisions of a range of treatments for bacterial and fungal infections of the feet. Verrucae are caused by a virus and usually resolve without treatment within 6 months to two years. Treatment is only required if they are causing pain.

Toes Nail Cutting – Some people have difficulty cutting their own nails due to sight or mobility problems. Others have unusually shaped or thickened nails. A cutting service can reduce the depth of thickened nails to make them more manageable.

Callus and Corns – Removal of callus and corns and provision of advice on how to reduce or prevent reoccurrence.

Suzanne Gaskell BSc (Hons) MChS

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