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Podiatry Treatments Explained

Our feet are the foundation of our bodies, yet they often go overlooked until problems arise. Enter podiatry – the branch of medicine dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle disorders. At Sports and Spinal Physio our podiatrist provides an expert foot service and in this guide, we’ll delve into the world of podiatry, exploring foot care tips, best practices, treatment options, and some lesser-known secrets to keeping your feet happy and healthy.

Understanding Podiatry

Podiatrists are medical professionals specialized in treating conditions related to the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. From common issues like bunions and plantar fasciitis to more complex conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers and sports injuries, podiatrists are equipped to address a wide range of foot ailments.

Foot Care Tips


  1. Proper Footwear: Invest in shoes that fit well and provide adequate support for your feet. Avoid high heels and opt for shoes with a wider toe box to prevent issues like bunions and ingrown toenails.


  1. Regular Foot Inspections: Take the time to examine your feet regularly for any signs of redness, swelling, or abnormalities. Catching problems early can prevent them from worsening.


  1. Keep Feet Clean and Dry: Wash your feet daily with mild soap and water, and make sure to thoroughly dry them, especially between the toes, to prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot.


  1. Moisturise: Moisturise your feet regularly to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness and cracking.


  1. Trim Nails Carefully: Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. Don’t cut them too short or round the edges, as this can increase the risk of ingrowth.


Best Podiatry Practice


  1. Comprehensive Evaluation: A thorough examination is crucial for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. Podiatrists assess not only the foot issue but also factors like gait, footwear, and overall health to provide holistic care.


  1. Custom Orthotics: Prescription orthotics are tailor-made inserts that provide support and correct biomechanical issues, helping to alleviate pain and improve foot function.


  1. Multidisciplinary Approach: Podiatrists often collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as orthopaedic doctors, physiotherapists, and diabetes specialists to ensure comprehensive care for complex foot conditions.


Podiatry Treatments Explained

  1. Conservative Therapies: These may include rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), physical therapy, stretching exercises, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage pain and inflammation. Introduction of insoles/orthotics, footwear advice and referral to allied health professionals


  1. Surgical Interventions: When conservative measures fail to provide relief, surgical options such as removal of ingrowing nails, bunionectomy, hammertoe correction, and ankle arthroscopy may be recommended to address underlying structural issues.


Podiatry Secrets and Advanced Treatments

  1. Ultrasonography is used by our podiatrist. It is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce real-time images of the body’s internal structures. It is safe, painless, and does not involve radiation, making it suitable for use in a wide range of medical situations, including prenatal care, diagnosing conditions such as gallstones and tumors, and guiding procedures such as injections.


  1. Ostenil Therapeutic Injections: Ostenil is a type of medical treatment used for joint pain, particularly in osteoarthritis. It involves injecting a substance called sodium hyaluronate directly into the affected joint. Sodium hyaluronate is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps lubricate and cushion joints. By injecting it into the joint, Ostenil aims to improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and potentially slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. This treatment is typically administered by a healthcare professional and may require multiple injections over a period of time for optimal results.  Read here for more information.


  1. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): ESWT uses shockwaves to stimulate blood flow and enhance tissue regeneration, making it effective for treating chronic heel pain and tendinopathies. You can read more about shockwave


In conclusion, podiatry plays a vital role in maintaining the health and functionality of our feet. By incorporating proper foot care practices, seeking timely podiatric evaluation and treatment, and staying informed about advanced treatment options, we can ensure that our feet carry us through life’s journey comfortably and pain-free. Remember, healthy feet lead to a happier, more active lifestyle!


If you would like to discuss your problem with our podiatrist please use our contact us form.

Alternatively you can book an appointment here on our website or over the phone on 01277 219553.