Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, pathology and medical treatment of the foot and ankle.
Our specialist podiadrist is Christine Sproull. Christine is practised in the following areas of chiropody/podiatry:
BIOMECHANICS ASSESSMENT: A 60 minute appointment taking a full assessment of any structural functions or disorders carried out using the Bowen Technique to help with diagnosis. Orthotics and further appointments may be required depending on the client’s needs.
HIGH RISK PATIENTS : Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetic patients whose feet require to be regularly tested for blood supply to and from the foot. Also if there are any visual signs of deterioration such as ulceration of the feet or legs.
VERRUCA TREATMENT : Cryopen therapy for the treatment of verrucas puts an end to those painful pads. Direct pinpoint precision provides accuracy thus reducing the painful blistering of the surrounding tissue. There are also a variety of other treatments which can be used in conjunction with the Cryopen.
FUNGAL NAIL LASER THERAPY
This innovative laser treatment for the eradication and destruction of fungal nail infections does away with the need for oral medication or daily application treatments. 4-6 treatments are required, however, depending on the severity of infection for some patients, more laser treatment may be needed or complete nail removal.
Using the LCN Wilde-Pedique Plus gel system, Christine is able to reconstruct toenails that have been damaged and make the nail look normal and strong once again. An extremely elastic UV gel specifically designed for toenails, it adapts to the movements of the toe and its unique adhesive properties mean that good results can be achieved on calloused layers of skin where there is no toenail. Wilde-Pedique Plus also contains an anti-mykotic agent Olamine Piroctone to protect against and treat fungal infection and is effective on scaly nail surfaces, for correcting ridges and deformations, for hiding discolouration and for protecting growing toe nails.
This treatment can only be carried out by a podiatrist/ chiropodist as there may be fungal nail, different forms of trauma to the nail and require professional diagnosis and treatment before toenail reconstruction. The reconstruction can last for 5-6 weeks. However they require to be removed by the podiatrist/chiropodist. Nails can also be painted with specialist nail varnish.
Who would benefit from this treatment?
- Clients requiring toe nail correction or a false nail for protection because of trauma or surgery.
- Those requiring relief from discomfort while wearing foot wear, either by having a protective covering over a corrective brace for an in-growing toe nail or over areas that are especially sensitive due to chronic conditions.
- Clients with psoriatic nails or nails requiring protection from infection due to vertical splits and also diabetic patients.
MEDIPED Warm Wax Therapy Treatment
Upgrade your podiatry treatment and experience a therapeutic warm wax treatment, based around your specific needs.
Mediped uses paraffin wax heat therapy to increase blood flow and tolerance for pain whilst relaxing muscles and increasing hydration in the skin, so it’s a great treatment for dry feet. Intended to moisturise and soften the skin whilst providing a therapeutic and healing effect to sore and aching joints, this treatment is particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and rheumatic pain.
Paraffin wax deceases calluses on the feet whilst deoderising and soothing the skin. The essential oils intensely moisturise and provide an antiseptic and anti inflammatory action. Oils include: lavender; frankincense; myrrh; orange, bay leaf oil; sunflower oil.
This treatment lasts one hour and costs £60.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST PODIATRY APPOINTMENT:
Initial appointments last 30 minutes where a full medical history will be taken including details of past operations, bone injuries, diseases or illness, footwear, quality and range of motion of the foot and circulation. A full list of current medication may also be required.
Clients are welcome to discuss any foot problems they are unsure about as all are deemed significant.
Nail Surgery is also available.
What Christine’s patients say:
“Toenail reconstruction is amazing! I previously used glue on toenails but they didn't look as real as the gel that is used. I now love getting my feet out in high heels or summer sandals as I didn't feel confident enough to do it before. I would definitely recommend.”
“I can wholeheartedly recommend Christine Sproull's nail reconstruction treatment, which I have received several times this year. I’ve suffered from fungal nail in both of my big toenails for several years and because my own toenails are short, disfigured and still recovering from the fungal nail infection, Christine suggested the nail reconstruction so that I could wear sandals etc over the summer. My nails look normal with the reconstruction and it usually lasts for up to 6 weeks until I go back for my next appointment. The treatment is painless and the gel used to reconstruct the nails has anti fungal properties and seems to be also helping to cure my infection! I am so glad I met Christine, as having the reconstruction has changed my life!