A Podiatrist (otherwise known as a Chiropodist) assesses, diagnoses and treats conditions relating to the foot and the lower limb. Many conditions I treat are on the surface of the foot, such as corns, callus and ingrowing toenails. Some conditions I treat are not visible on the surface of the foot, but involve the structures inside the foot. Heel pain is just one example of this.
Alongside routine care of the feet (involving removal of corns and calluses) I provide specialist care and advice for people with diabetes and arthritis.
Abnormalities in how we walk can also be assessed and treated by podiatrists. Orthotics (shoe inserts) can be prescribed to improve poor foot function.
The foot is made up of many complex structures including 26 bones and 33 joints. As a result, there are many things that can go wrong with the foot which can affect how we live our everyday lives.
Each foot absorbs 1.5 times our body weight in each step we take. We place great stress on our feet and this makes it likely for people to suffer with overuse injuries, particularly during high impact sports or where unsuitable footwear is worn.
Most people at some stage suffer from painful feet. Many foot conditions can be treated by an experienced podiatrist/chiropodist. Looking after your feet is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of personal healthcare, whatever your age. To keep one step ahead, please call Sarah Murray-Johnson. Established in 1999, I've been providing foot care services to Suffolk for over 15 years. Book your appointment today.
"My Mum & I have had Sarah looking after our feet for over 10 years. Before we knew Sarah, we had other chiropodists but they didn't put the care and love into what they did. Sarah's top priority is patient care. The sessions are not rushed, making it very relaxing." - Jenny Martin
A Podiatrist is a more modern word for Chiropodist, the two words are now used interchangeably and the name difference bears no reference to qualifications. Both names are protected by the Health and Professions Council who ensure practitioners have the necessary credentials to practice.