May 20, 2015: Ever thought about visiting a Podiatrist and wondered what they do?

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Have you ever thought about visiting a podiatrist and wondered what they do?  We meet the Head Podiatrist, Peter Christer at Maidenhead Podiatry to find out more about what they do and how they could help you.  Here is what Peter had to say:

How long have you been a Podiatrist?

I have been a Podiatrist for 24 years but between myself and my team – Liam Mc Manus BSc MChS, and Nicola Jarvis MSc MChS we have over 30 yrs experience in treating our clients.

What governing bodies are you a member of?

The team and I are all HCPC registered and Insured Members of the College of Podiatry and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

What is a Podiatry?

Podiatrist comes from the Greek ‘pod’ meaning foot and ‘iatreia’ meaning healing, hence one who heals feet. The term originated around 1914 in an attempt to separate an emerging profession from its perceived humble roots. Many online sites define a Chiropodist as a Podiatrist, and a Podiatrist as a Chiropodist, but in reality they are very different. Podiatrist are skilled healthcare professionals who have been trained to degree level to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. We can also prevent and correct deformity helping to keep people mobile, active and relieve pain.

What symptoms can you help treat?

Podiatrists can help a number of common conditions including but not limited to: Corns, Callous, Fungal Nails, In growing nails, Hammer toes, podiatric acupuncture, Diabetic assessment, heel pain and foot pain.

How do you treat these symptoms?

Depending on the reason for your visit a Podiatrist will use a variety of skills to improve your comfort from removing corns and applying padding to prescription of insoles and podiatric acupuncture.

What could your clients expect on their first visit?

On arrival at the clinic you fill out a short consultation form to give us an overview of your medical history. We then discuss the reason for attending followed by an examination. At this point treatment options are presented and after informed consent, we proceed with he best solution.

Who could benefit from Podiatry treatment?

Our youngest patients are under 1yr old and our oldest is over 100yrs old, so everyone really.

Tell us one interesting thing about you?

I am a Formula 1 anorak.

To find out more about Podiatry or to book your appointment, please:

Call: 01628 773588