Podiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other disorders of the feet. After taking a detailed health history, your podiatrist will carry out a careful structural examination, paying particular attention to your lower limb and feet. During your first appointment you will undergo an assessment of your feet and medical conditions and also receive a podiatric treatment as appropriate to your condition and needs.
You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful 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. 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 are wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you are looking after your feet properly.
Within the first session a care plan will be formed that with include self-care at home, footwear advice and also how often you would benefit from having routine treatments. There is not a set recommended time frame between visits to a podiatrist. At your first visit, the podiatrist will discuss with you what would be best regarding repeat visits. Some people see a podiatrist from as often as every six weeks through to once a year for their annual foot check. Everyone is treated as an individual and a care plan will be based around you and your needs.