Our Podiatry Services

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As qualified & HCPC registered Podiatrists, there is a huge range of podiatry services we can provide for you. This page only covers a broad overview of them, so if the foot problem you are suffering with is not mentioned, do contact us or call in to see us to discuss how we will probably be able to help you.
 

Routine Chiropody Medi Pedi
Diabetic Foot Assessment Functional Assessment & Insoles
Ingrowing Toe Nails Home / Hospital Visits

 
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Routine Chiropody

Sometimes, even the simple task of cutting your toenails can be too much, we understand that. As we get older, it seems that our legs get longer; our arms shorter and our eyes don’t seem to focus properly. During your routine Chiropody appointment, which lasts for about half an hour, we will cut and file your toenails and remove any hard skin or corns that we find. Some patients like to have regular treatments every 6 to 8 weeks; some people come to have their ‘holiday feet’ so they look good whilst lying on the sun bed.

Medi-Pedi

We are delighted to announce that we introduced a new service in August 2015. We have managed to source nail varnish that is toe-nail friendly, and approved by the American Podiatric Association. The ingredients are organic and will not make the toe nails that horrible yellowy colour.

After your routine Chiropody treatment, we use a hydration base coat to protect and nourish the nail. We then apply 2 coats of the colour of your choice and a top coat. Once applied, it should last for 6 weeks, when we can remove it for you at your next appointment then apply some more.

We currently have the most popular 12 shades in stock and will in time be getting more in; if there is a colour you would like to have on your toes, just ask and we will get it for you. The hydration base, colours and top coats are all available to purchase as well.

It may also appeal to gentlemen who have discoloured nails as we can apply a colour that looks like a natural nail.

Diabetic Foot Assessments

Diabetes is a chronic long term condition that is sadly on the increase. One of the effects of Diabetes is reduced sensation in your feet. Once you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, we will undertake a full circulation and sensory assessment on your feet and carry out checkups on an annual basis. A copy of the findings is automatically sent to your GP. This assessment enables us to monitor whether there have been any changes in the sensation and circulation of your feet.

Functional Assessments and Insoles

How humans have walked has evolved over the millennia, but unfortunately, things can and do go wrong and we, as humans, are by no means perfect.

Sometimes, simple stretching exercises are enough to sort out the pain that you are experiencing. Sometimes, the prescription of insoles is needed. However before we prescribe you insoles, we undertake a full functional assessment and watch the way you walk and do a small joint assessment. This can take up to an hour. You will need to wear shorts during the assessment so that we can look at your ankles, knees, hips and back.

Ingrowing toe nails

The pain caused by an ingrowing toenail can be excruciating and can make a grown man cry! No matter what the cause, we can sort it out for you. Primarily, we will always try to remove the ingrowing toenail in one treatment. Sometimes, this is not possible and the offending nail, either part or all, has to be removed under Local Anaesthetic. We will discuss all the options available to you before any treatment commences. Healing of the operation site is individual to the patient, but on average, patients are fully healed within 4-6 weeks. We will need to see you on a weekly basis until we are happy to discharge you from our care.

Home Visits/Hospital Visits

Although we are primarily surgery based, we do offer our elderly and infirm patients the option of having your treatment in the comfort of your own home. Some treatments like nail surgery have to be done in the surgery. Home visits are undertaken by Fiona on Wednesdays and Thursdays and by Nicola on Wednesday to Friday. We are always based in the surgery on Mondays and Tuesdays. Home visits are charged at a higher rate than surgery based consultations due to the increased time it takes to travel to and from your home. We always tidy up after ourselves, taking away the rubbish as well.

Whilst we endeavour to keep to time, Domiciliary or Home Visits times can be subject to change due to travelling time, traffic and what we may have found on a previous visit. We will always get to you and we do try to keep you informed if we are running late.

Unfortunately, sometimes our patients have to go into hospital or into a home for respite or permanently. We will gladly go and see patients either in hospital or in the home. We only ask that you tell either the hospital staff or the home of the date and time that we will be going.

Fiona Sunter and Associates - What to expect on your first appointmentBecause we know first appointments can be a little bit daunting for new patients, there is a page on the website all about what to expect.

Other Health Care Professions

As Podiatrists, sometimes, we need to involve other Health Care Professionals, for example, your GP or Physiotherapists, in managing your foot pain. We have built up over the year’s good working relationships with other professions. If we feel that you need input or advice from another Health Care Professional, we will discuss it with you and refer you on.

 

If you would like to talk to us about booking an appointment please just

Call us on 01422360421

Happy Patients

Our patients say lovely things about us.

"Fiona and Team
I thank you once again for the level of expertise and care you afforded my daughter today. Both of us feel we have been blessed to have had the good fortune to walk through your door!
L and M.

They even love us so much they knit us presents.

Fiona Sunter and Associates - presents from patients
(That's me on the left & Nicola on the right)

It's because we make such a difference to their lives.