Podiatry

Do your feet hurt?  If so you’re on the right page!

Podiatrists/chiropodists treat feet, and make them better.

If your feet hurt bring them to us and let, Ann Exton, our expert podiatrist work out what’s going on.  Even if you think it might be nothing.  If something is wrong you should seek specialist advice and podiatrists are the foot experts.

By treating problem areas podiatrists can help prevent deformities, relieve pain and ensure that you are able to remain, literally, “on your feet”!

The important thing about your foot pain is not to leave it too long.  You use your feet every day and there is no point waiting for it to get worse.  The most common comment we hear about feet is “I didn’t come sooner because I wasn’t sure whether it was a problem.”

And it doesn’t matter if your feet look a bit untidy.  Ann has seen almost every strange foot problem you can think of.

If you’re not sure whether your symptoms/pain are treatable, don’t wait any longer. Book an appointment to get your feet examined.  Ann has over 20 years of experience, so you can ask her anything you like about feet!

Ann Exton Says:

Did you know podiatry and chiropody are the same thing?  The change happened in 1993 so chiropodists are now called podiatrists.

 

Ann Exton examining a foot

Frequently asked questions

What happens at the first appointment?

On your first visit to us a full medical case history will be taken.  We need to know all aspects of your health. We will ask about your previous injuries, surgery, illnesses, and we will want to know if you’re taking any medication.

We will then ask you to perform a few simple movements so we can see what’s happening in the area that is injured, and in the areas around it.

Unless we need further information about your condition we would normally treat you on your first appointment.

What happens during treatment?

Once we’ve made a diagnosis, and we are satisfied that it is safe to treat you, we can use a variety of methods to fix your pain.

Can I claim on my insurance?

We are registered with almost all the private insurance companies.

If you’re not sure how to claim on your insurance please do call us in advance and we can talk you through the process.

The most important thing is that you need to check whether you need a GP referral before coming to us.  Most insurance companies don’t require a GP referral, but some do.

Once you’ve got the Ok from your insurance company we ask that you pay us after each appointment and then claim the money back from your insurance company yourself.

Important: due to AXA and Bupa being rather dictatorial about osteopathic treatment we are not registered with either of them for ostepathic treatment.

If you would like us to recommend an alternative insurance company please do talk to us when you come in for treatment.

Can I bring somebody with me?

Of course you can!   We are very happy for you to have somebody in the treatment room with you.  We are quite used to families coming together or parents bringing kids with them.  In fact the osteopaths and rhythmic movement therapist are so used to working with babies and small children that we have toy boxes in almost every treatment room!

Incidentally, if we are treating children under the age of 16 we insist that a parent or guardian accompany them.

We also ask that if you’re bringing any children under the age of 16 that they join you in the treatment room and are not left to sit in the waiting room unaccompanied by an adult.

How long are the appointments?

Your first podiatry appointment will always be about 45 minutes as our podiatrist needs time to take a medical case history.

Follow-up appointments will depend on the problem – talk to Ann when you see her and find out what she thinks.

Do I need a GP referral?

No, you don’t need a referral unless you have private healthcare and your provider requires you to have a referral.

So you can call us any time, or book online, without having to wait for a GP appointment.

Even though a referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed so that your medical records are up-to-date.

If you have private medical insurance you need to check your cover as some companies specify that you have to have a GP referral.  

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