Chiropody/Podiatry

  


Antonia Fisher grew up locally in Rickmansworth, and in 1994 - 1997 attended Nene College Northampton where she gained her BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. She has worked for the NHS for 20 years firstly in Luton for 4 years and continues now to work in Buckinghamshire (15 years and counting!) where she specialises in Rheumatology. 

She has now branched out into private podiatry over the last 4 years where she treats an array of foot conditions including regular maintenance for feet needing a little TLC. Treatment of corns, calluses and painful or ingrowing toenails, including corrective toenail surgery. She can also advise and issue in shoe insoles and orthotics to help alleviate painful feet and is competent in treating more high risk feet including those with diabetes and arthritis

Antonia has now lived in Bovingdon for 9 years and is looking forward to delivering her services, at The Acorn Wellbeing Centre, to the local and wider community.

About the Podiatry service at the centre:

What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.

They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, including:

•toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal oringrown toenails

•corns and calluses

•verrucas

•athlete's foot

•smelly feet

•dry and cracked heels

•flat feet

•bunions

•heel pain

•ageing feet

•blisters

•gout

•sports injuries

How can a podiatrist help?

You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you havepainful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles, or any other foot-related problem.

Podiatrists can also supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch orheel pain. You put the orthotic device into your shoe to re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot, or simply to make your shoes more comfortable.

Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly.

Podiatrists can also help with more complex foot problems including preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise.

What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

There’s no difference between a podiatrist and chiropodist, but podiatrist is a more modern name.

What happens at the consultation?

At your first consultation, the podiatrist will take a full medical history and do basic tests such as checking the blood circulation and feeling in your feet. They may also check the way you walk and move your lower leg joints.

They will discuss your concerns with you and then make a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Usually any minor problems that are picked up can be treated on the spot including the removal of hard skin, corns and calluses.

Reference http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Foot-problems-podiatrist.aspx