1) Will I be able to walk after the treatment?
This is a common question I am asked by people who have never been to see a podiatrist/chiropodist before and I would be failing miserably if you couldn’t dance after the treatment, never mind walk.
However, there are certain problems that require one or two follow-up treatments, for example, ulcers require follow up treatments and nail surgery requires 6-7 treatments so it does depend on the problem.
2) How long does the treatment last?
Usually the treatment takes half an hour but again, that depends on the problem.
3) Does the fee cover consultation and treatment?
The fee covers treatment and advice and if needed, we will recommend products that will help.
4) Do you treat children?
If the problem is relating to general foot care, yes we do but if it is a biomechanical problem we will refer you to a specialist. Children and their feet is discussed in Chapter 6 of the book ‘Floor Play’.
5) What do you mean biomechanical problem?
Biomechanics is a specialist area of Podiatry and there are Podiatrists and physiotherapists who deal with this area of Podiatry. It involves looking at the gait pattern of the feet and your individual way of walking to see if there is a muscular or bone problem that can be fixed with orthotic therapy. This is discussed in the book Floor Play in Chapter 5.
6) Do you treat verrucae?
Yes we do and again this is discussed in Chapter 10 of ‘Floor Play’, see also the questionnaire on conditions we treat and if you have time, perhaps you can fill out the questionnaire and return to us. All information is confidential.
7) Do you treat callous and corns and does it hurt?
Yes, we treat corns and callous and also heel fissures, see before and after pictures of dry heels on the page ‘conditions we treat’ under the title heel pain. It depends on how long the problem has been there, if you get treatment ASAP, then it is less likely to be sore but we aim to cure pain not cause pain so be assured we will only do what you allow us to do.
8) Are the treatments covered by private health insurance?
9) I used a corn plaster and it didn’t work
If corn plasters worked, we would not be in business. A corn is a lump of skin that ‘grows inwards’. It is not a wart, it is not dry skin, it is simply a lump with no root. The longer you leave the ‘lump’ the more ‘ingrown’ it becomes and the more painful it becomes. When you use a corn plaster, you are putting salicylic acid on an already painful area, which can cause more pain and sometimes may lead to ulceration. See before and after pictures under title corns and callous treatment.