Our Services

A podiatrist is qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders, and to deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the lower limb or leg.

Podiatrists treat sports injuries and children’s feet, as well as foot problems in people suffering from medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, circulation and heart problems.

General Foot Treatment and Advice

This includes corns, calluses, hard skin, athlete’s foot, fungal infections of skin and nails, cracked heels, painful feet, policeman’s heel, arch pain, ankle pain, heel pain, sweaty feet, thick hard–to–cut nails, ingrowing toe nails, verrucae, and footwear advice.

Ingrowing Toe Nails and Nail Surgery

Ingrowing toe nails are often the result of poor nail–cutting technique, but may also be due to damage caused by shoes, sports or trauma such as dropping things on the nail or stubbing the toe.

Treatment may just involve simply reshaping the side of the nail and retraining nail growth, or may, depending on the case, require minor surgery under local anaesthetic to correct the problem, especially if it has been a long–term condition. If this is the case, when the toe is numb either the side that is causing the problem or the whole nail plate can be removed and either allowed to regrow or have a chemical applied to the growth area of the nail bed to stop its future growth.

Biomechanical Assessments and Custom–Made Orthotics

A podiatric biomechanical assessment is the investigation of foot function in relation to the lower limbs and posture or how the foot works in conjunction with the ankles, knees, hips, back, neck and head.

Often a pain in the foot or ankle is as a result of how a joint or joints further up the body are functioning and this leads the body to try to compensate.

During the assessment a patient is asked to bring in an assortment of well–worn shoes to give an idea of shoe sole wear which shows how the foot loads itself during walking. The patient will be asked to walk so the gait cycle can be observed. A full examination of the joints of the lower limb and foot is undertaken, including the range and quality of movement. Various measurements of range of movement of foot joints are taken along with a negative plaster of paris slipper cast.

The casts and assessment results are sent to a laboratory along with a prescription form, and functional orthotic devices are made following the prescription for that patient and his or her particular problems. The orthotics are worn in all shoes and are a bit like glasses for the feet in that they compensate for the foot problem and hold the foot in the correct position to allow it to function optimally.

Phone
01293 525969
Email
info@crawleyfoothealthclinic.com
Address
6 Haslett Avenue West
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 1HS
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Opening Hours
Monday: 7am to 5pm
Tuesday: 7am to 7pm
Wednesday: 7am to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 7am to 5pm