What is Podiatry ?

What is Podiatry ? explained

We as podiatrists are medically trained at university. We know your body systems and how medicines work. We treat all problems of the feet and lower limbs including knees and hips.

We solve your foot problems, whether that means you have a painful ingrown nail, a corn, verrucas or heel pain. Us podiatrists like talking about feet! In fact we studied feet at university for three years!

There’s more to know about feet than you might think. We can issue some medications and we can give local anaesthetic injections and steroid injections. We like to take on ingrown nails and painful corns, because we know that these are problems we have been trained to solve.

We perform diabetic foot checks, vascular assessments and can diagnose problems of the lower limbs. In fact many of us work with medical doctors to provide the best possible health and care plan for you.

What is Musculoskeletal Podiatry ?

We take many steps a day. Our main contact with the ground is through our feet. Needless to say feet are like the foundation of a house; If the foundation isn’t stable or out of kilter, the rest of the house will suffer!

We as musculoskeletal podiatrists examine and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limbs, with our specialisation in the foot and ankle. So whether you have heel pain, forefoot pain, ankle pain, leg pain, hammer toes, knee pain or bunions we can treat these as musculoskeletal podiatrists.

As musculoskeletal podiatrists, we look at how you move. This is done through gait analysis. We analyse the way you walk or run from your feet to your head. We analyse each part. This is captured in slow motion . We take great pride in understanding how the muscles and joints of the body work together.

We also check your joints and muscles to see the entire body as one part working together. Again, if one of these parts isn’t working properly, the rest will suffer. Sometimes there’s one part not working properly, sometimes several parts.

We have many treatment options in our tool box and can provide these to suit your particular problem. A great deal of what we do is working on optimising your walking gait, reducing restrictions, thereby reducing pain. But we also issue exercises if appropriate. Some of these treatments are hands on, meaning working into the tissues that are painful and sore. We call this foot and ankle mobilisations or foot and ankle manipulations. You may need only one treatment or several treatments spaced at weekly intervals. At Lewisham Foot Health we can provide state of the art shockwave treatments for musculoskeletal pain. Please see the treatments section for more information on this.
For some problems you will need a referral for blood tests or further imaging such as an MRI or a bone scan.

What are Orthotics ?

Orthotics has many names, such as insoles, foot beds, arch supports. They are a special insole that go into your shoes and support your foot and ankle. Studies have shown that these supportive changes translate all the way through your body. Orthotics made at Lewisham Foot Health are made to the highest standards, and will last many years.

Some orthotics are made specifically to improve foot function during sports performance and some are made to reduce pain in the foot and ankle and some are made to reduce pain in the knees, hips and lower back.

There’s a lot to know about orthotics, and please ask as we are happy to talk with you about how orthotics can help you.

What is nail surgery ?

Ingrown nails can be incredibly painful. Antibiotics may not help at all. The offending nail spike is still there causing pain and grief. You may have worn a pair of shoes that has caused the problem; you may have tried to cut the nail and ended up making it worse, you may have a very wide nail plate. In any case the whole toe is sore and now you don’t know what to do.

We treat painful ingrown nails with local anaesthetic and phenolisation. This is a procedure where we use a liquid that destroys the nail cells in a very localised area; the area where the nail is ingrown. It does not hurt to have the procedure and once it has healed the nail will not cause a problem again. We provide a nail package that includes two follow up dressing appointments and see you until your toe is fully healed.

Testimonials

  • customer review lewisham foot health

    Best service

    I am suffering from osteoarthritis in my left hip after a big trauma in my early 20’s. For the last 5 years I have…

    Mrs. C (Forest Hill)
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    Outstanding, professional, friendly service!

    I can highly recommend Peter´s services. His knowledge of my issues as a person with diabetes was exemplary and he is exceptionally thorough in his…

    Mrs. S (Bellingham)
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    Quick appointment for a home visit

    I live at Blackheath and I was very happy to have a quick appointment for a home visit. I am very satisfied by the…

    Laura
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    Walking pain free, in better footwear

    I have been seeing Peter for the past year, having had pain in my feet when walking. I now find myself walking pain free,…

    Mr. DC (Catford)
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    Better advice and treatment

    Peter at lewisham Foot Health has been marvelous since I rang him desperate to find someone to treat my feet. I was even more…

    Elaine (Catford)
  • customer review lewisham foot health

    My ingrown toenails were so painful,it was difficult to find shoes, and I couldn’t wear sandals.I was very embarrassed how my toenails looked! Now…

    Rita, (Catford)
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    ‘I am very pleased with my needling treatment. I had been struggling with a pretty large verruca on my left foot for seven months….

    Maria (Balham)
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    ‘I had a verruca on the sole of my foot which had proved extremely difficult to shift. For over two years I had tried…

    Verruca on Foot