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WE ARE OPEN! :-)

We would like to reassure all patients that we are stringently following NHS advice regarding the spread of coronavirus (nCovid-19).
Our clinics are open, as usual.
Please do not attend if you have recently visited a high risk area (area 1 on the NHS 111 website – www.111.nhs.uk) or have been in direct contact with someone diagnosed with nCovid-19.
Government advice is to self isolate for seven days if you have a new continuous cough and/or a high fever (>37.8c). If a member of your household is showing symptoms of Covid-19 you should ALL self isolate for fourteen days. You should call NHS 111 if your symptoms are worsening but please do not visit your GP or other healthcare environment unless you are told to do so.
We are very happy to move your appointment to a later date if the above applies to you.
If you are over 70 or a high-risk patient you should socially distance yourself, avoid group gatherings and keep your distance from others when you go out.
This does not mean you cannot access healthcare. If you are a high-risk patient we are happy to offer you an appointment with gaps between yourself and the patients before and after so you minimise the risk of cross infection.
If you are fit and well and show no signs of nCovid-19 we are happy for you to attend your appointment as normal.
All of our premises have hand washing facilities and hand gel, have air filtration and are regularly cleaned and monitored. Our staff have all been well-trained and are being kept updated on government advice.
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Do’s and Don’t for Diabetic Foot Care

Caring for your feet

  • Inspect your feet daily, seek assistance if you identify any cuts, blisters, red, hot, pussy areas
  • Regularly moisturise you feet to avoid cracked skin
  • Have annual foot examinations

Injury Prevention

  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Avoid using corn plasters
  • Test the water temperature with your elbow before you bathe
  • Maintain good blood sugars to prevent nerve damage (neuropathy)

Helpful Resources

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Diabetesandfeet.aspx

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Complications/Feet/Taking-care-of-your-feet/

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Complications/Feet/

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Chiropody VS Podiatry? Whats the difference?

The vast majority of us will all experience some sort of lower limb problem within our lifetime, so it’s important to know who to go and get help from.   Often people ask ‘should I see a Podiatrist or a Chiropodist?’ and ‘what is the difference between them?’  After 14 years of practice we can safely say that this is the most common question we get asked.

 The short answer is that there is no difference between them. The term Podiatrist and Chiropodist are legally protected and everyone using these titles has had the same training and should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).   Most countries no longer use the term ‘chiropodist’ which originally means to treat hands and feet, these days we tend to just focus on feet so we tend not to use the “chiro” prefix and retain the “pod” which means feet. Hence a chiropractor uses their hands to treat. Podiatrist is simply a more modern and accurate name.

We opt to use the term Podiatrist as all our Podiatrists hold BSc (Hons) Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine degrees and are adept at dealing with many foot pathologies including verrucaes, ingrown toenails (including nail surgery) and biomechanical assessment for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Neuromas, Capsulitis and many other foot conditions.

Now with the introduction of a Physiotherapist & an Acupuncturist we can offer you the optimum in holistic and multi-disciplinary care.

 

We can’t wait to see you at Foot Heaven.  Come in or give us a ring on 0114 2684000 and see how we can help keep your feet in tip top condition, assist with recovery from that troublesome running injury or have a look at that niggling foot condition.