Podiatry and Therapies

How a Podiatrist can help

We can give you a full Podiatry and Chiropody service without the need for a referral from your GP.  We have many years of experience and pride ourselves on our excellent patient care. We can treat you with our fantastic therapies to totally invigorate your mind and body. We are covered under BUPA, HSA and many other private health schemes.

  • Chiropody and Podiatry
  • Nail Surgery
  • Podiatric Biomechanics
  • Computerised Gait Scan
  • Orthotics Therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Reiki Therapy
  • Stress Managment
  • Tai Chi and Oigong

Chiropody and Podiatry

Podiatry is a very effective form of diagnosis and treatment of all lower limb and foot related problems. Podiatry can be used very effectively to treat general foot related problems, from hard skin to corns and callus; to nail problems, local surgery, postural problems and lower limb injuries.Podiatrists undergo a rigorous training of usually around three years and are skilled in diagnostic techniques to work alongside doctors and other health care professionals to ensure the highest standards of patient care.

Your Podiatrist will take a full patient history taking into consideration your lifestyle, past history, exercise and working environment and note your medication history. All of these factors are very import to enable the Podiatrist to form a complete diagnosis and treatment plan before any treatment can take place. Where there is more than one treatment indicated your options will be mutually agreed with you.

The Podiatrist will aim to reduce your pain and treat your symptoms to enable your body to return very quickly to normal health and keep it there.We are covered under many private health schemes such as BUPA and HSA;

Nail Surgery

In the case of nail surgery the toe will be anaesthetised and a tourniquet will be temporally applied during surgery. The nail or part of the nail will be removed. The chemical phenol is applied for a set time, to prevent nail re-growth. The tourniquet will then be removed and the toe is dressed. The wound should remain dry for seven days. An appointment is then made for a few days after surgery to have the toe checked and re-dressed.A thorough medical history is taken before treatment can take place. A full list of medication currently being taken must be given to the podiatrist. A roomy slipper or sandal is advised and another adult should accompany you home after surgery. You will not be covered on your car insurance straight after nail surgery. So it is not advisable to drive for the rest of the day.More in-depth information will be given before and after treatment, verbally and written. The procedure is a painless one and the risk of any complications is very small.

Fungal Nail Treatment

A new painless treatment for fungal nails.  This involves drilling tiny holes into the nail to allow a topical treatment to penetrate the nail bed and work rather than just sitting on top of the nail.  For more information or to book a free chat with our Podiatrist please call 01763 878087.

Podiatric Biomechanics

Podiatric Biomechanics is a really effective form of treatment to correct postural misalignments. One area that is often greatly neglected is poor posture. Poor body mechanics can lead to all sorts of structural problems, which overtime can impede very heavily in our daily lives; often causing severely painful conditions. We commonly seek help from other sources such as a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor but unless the posture is addressed the problem will not go away. Podiatric Biomechanics is a really effective way to resolve these postural problems.Podiatric Biomechanics is a very dynamic way to putting the body back into balance, both structurally and internally. When posture is tackled directly it can correct all manner of complaints from foot to leg, hip and back problems. The Podiatric Biomechanical approach is holistic; it often eliminates the need for surgery. With this unique approach not only will the posture improve but core stability and balance will be greatly enhanced. From the top of the head down to the tip of the toes, the body will return back to balance.

Computerised Gait Scan

The Podiatrist can evaluate the way that you walk with the aid of advanced computer gait scan technology. This will clearly demonstrate the need for any postural correction using orthoses or postural training, to help restore proper foot function and relieve any discomfort in the back, hips knees or feet.  Gait scan is used as an enhancement to aid diagnosis and treatment; it will clearly demonstrate any ground force that can cause impact problem throughout the body.


Orthotic Therapy by our Podiatrist

Scan Feet

The patient will walk across a pressurised mat which has thousands of tiny sensors that capture the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of your foot over time.Maps foot pressureThis information is then transferred onto the computer screen and is then displayed in 2-D and 3-D visual representations of the pressures under your feet.ReportThis information is then summarized on a report. The report findings help the Podiatrist to determine if your symptoms, that you are experiencing, are due to faulty foot mechanics.Determine the need for orthotic therapyThe information obtained will help the Podiatrist to determine the need for orthotic therapy. This then aids the lab in manufacturing the best orthotic for your feet.

Orthotics Therapy

Prescription Orthoses (inserts for your shoes) are a medical grade device made especially for the individual, for each pair of scanned feet. Orthotics Therapy can provide an excellent non surgical solution for most postural problems.They are a corrective appliance that fits easily into the shoe to redistribute body weight more evenly and correct any abnormalities in the way that we walk.Orthotics can be made in a wide range of materials from carbon fibre, EVA to polypropylene and thermoplastics.Devices can be prescribed by the podiatrist for a very accurate fitting.Prescription Orthotics can be worn to eliminate:

  • Localised foot pain
  • Bunions, hammer toes
  • Arch / heel pain
  • Leg / Knee pain
  • Hip, back and even neck pain

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Podiatric Musculoskeletal Medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline that is an effective form of treatment and diagnosis of lower limb and foot related problems. An individual treatment plan is developed which can combine a number of modalities. The treatment can comprise of massage therapies, trigger point therapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, mobilisation and exercise rehabilitation. During the initial appointment all the details of an individual’s lifestyle will be taken into consideration, including past history. This will enable the specialist to devise a suitable treatment plan.

 Podiatric Musculoskeletal Specialist can work very closely with sports physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. Injuries have many different causes and effects which should be approached in an individual way, although the diagnosis will invariably be the same. Sometimes technology will be necessary as an aid in treatment such as computerised gait analysis software to measure force when standing, walking or running.  The approach in Podiatric musculoskeletal Medicine is always holistic which will benefit the whole person. Posture is usually analyzed before a definitive diagnose can be made. With this unique approach, rapid results are obtainable, to enable the body to return back to its optimum state of health.

Podiatic Acupunture

Podiatric Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of very fine, single use, and sterile needles into the body for therapeutic purposes. Acupuncture can be used to target knots in the body known as trigger points. These points can be targeted directly by the insertion of fine needles to relieve pain locally in the muscle or in other areas in the body.Energy points known as ‘Acu’ points which are connected to meridian pathways in the body can also be targeted to relieve pain and help the body return to normal health. Acupuncture is a very safe and usually pain free treatment.

Podiatric Acupuncture can be used very effectively as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other modalities, to treat many Podiatric conditions to offer the very best in patient care.

Reiki Therapy

Reiki therapy (pronounced Ray-Key) is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life Energy” and the word “Reiki” is used to describe a system of healing.  Reiki therapy is a very powerful complementary therapy that is used to bring deep relaxation to the body, leaving the recipient with a deep sense of well being. Reiki can be used in many and varied ways for relaxation and sleep insomnia, long standing injuries, pain management, helping to harmonise and bring the body back to a normal state of balance.

Stress Management

Stress management is an effective therapy that can get to the route of stress related issues very quickly. All the techniques for stress can be learnt very easily with practice and applied either in the work place or at home.Stress is something that affects most people during their lifetime and has many signs and symptoms; it is recognised as one of the biggest problems a human being may face in the 21st century. Stress can cause long term serious illness if it is not managed correctly. In business it accounts for many lost days through sickness. It can contribute to poor office performance and under achievement. Stress therapy can help to overcome bad work place relationships, time management issues or problems with meeting deadlines.

  • Bullying in the work place
  • Higher staff turn over
  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional problems
  • Family confrontations
  • Sickness due to work related stress
  • Reduced productivity
  • More accidents at work
  • Staff and manage personality conflicts
  • Working overtime to meet tight deadlines
  • Preparing and delivering presentations to a tight deadline
  • Problems at home brought into the work place
  • And many more

We can help you overcome your stress by giving you techniques that can be easily applied in the work place or at home. Our method it centred on the individual so it is a progressive learning experience that will help you to develop and grow in confidence.

Tai Chi and Qigong private One to One Tuition

Oriental practices

In the Orient there is a strong sense of respect which is steeped in the tradition and practices of the martial arts. Tai Chi and Qigong can help to encourage this sense of respect for the art, teacher, student and training place.It is customary to bow to each other before the start of each class and sometimes before entering and leaving the training class. This helps to encourage a deep respect for the art, its teachings and practices. This respect is shown by the student in being punctual for class, dressing appropriately and treating each other with mutual politeness. If late, enter the class quietly without disrupting the lesson. Obviously, in office Tai Chi the exercise can be done in work clothes and flat shoes.  The etiquette is a little less formal for this environment, but still a sense of respect for each other is to be encouraged.

Tai Chi is steeped in history and philosophy, traditionally only taught to family members and inner students. Students would return year after year, only to be turned away by the master or spend years just cleaning the floors before being able to be taught.  This helped the student to develop lifelong qualities of humility, respect, perseverance and a strong determination. We are very lucky today in that we pay our fee and expect to be taught properly.  These practices can teach us much in the West, even if they do not come to us naturally. Tai Chi can open up these up wonderful qualities very gradually without the student even realising that they are changing for the better.

Any age can do Tai Chi and Qigong?

Tai Chi and Qigong can be done by anyone of any age, but we restrict our classes from 16-80 years and above if the individual feels physically able.The student is given a form on enrolment to the class which requests health related details such as hypertension, asthma, diabetes etc. This will help us to structure our teaching accordingly.We are taught to Always work to our own level of physical fitness and stick to the 70% rule of not over doing it. This helps us to train within our limitations of what we can do. If we over do it this will create tension in our body, which Tai Chi strongly discourages.

What do I wear?

It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing with suitable footwear such as trainers. It is traditional to wear black or black and white to fit in with the Yin and Yang philosophy of the art, but is not essential. Working clothes are fine for our office Tai Chi, but please wear sensible shoes.This also helps energetically and keeps our egos out of the class. Modestly is the order of the day!

How long does it take to learn?

Tai Chi does not have a grading system and is not goal orientated, but within our system we have a very structured approach to learning. Our syllabus takes many years of study, but Tai Chi is a lifetime’s pursuit as there is always something new to learn. The learning is centred on the individual and group harmony to for self development.With regular attendance and practise it is possible to learn the first part of the Yang 108 step form within a year. The first part is always emphasised at our workshops as it contains all the key ingredients to develop good Tai Chi.We can provide bespoke Tai Chi and Qigong programs for businesses in the workplace.

Warm up exercises

There are 21 warm up exercises, but only 16 are usually practised in the general class. The exercises are thoroughly worked out to completely prepare the mind and body for the movements ahead. It is important to work at our own pace and stick to the 70% rule, using the mind to help with focus and direction of the Qi. Keep our breathing regular and do not attempt to alter the natural path of the breath.The exercises take many years to do correctly as some of them can be extremely challenging. Please remember that Tai Chi is non competitive and the movements are done slowly for a very good reason.

Private Tuition

Here at attend2health we provide first class one to one private tuition. Please ask our receptionist for further details.