It is a legal requirement of the HPC for a podiatrist to carry out a thorough medical history and physical examination during your first appointment. This will involve your podiatrist asking about any previous medical problems and then assessing the feet for circulation, skin/nail disorders, reflexes/sensation and bone/joint movement.
Once the podiatrist has made their diagnosis, they will explain your condition and discuss a treatment plan. If you have any concerns or questions let your podiatrist aware of them before they begin treatment.
Your condition will determine the type of treatment your podiatrist will employ. Problems with toenails may require minor surgery under a local anaesthetic and involve cutting away a section of the nail. Skin disorders such as corns and calluses may require removal and the podiatrist will use a special blade and then apply a pad to distribute the pressure causing them. Radiotherapy, radiosurgery, cryotherapy and laser surgery are now widely used forms of treatment for corns, verrucas and ingrowing toenails and are usually done under local anaesthetic. Your podiatrist will explain these treatments to you before carrying them out.
To correct posture and the mechanics of the foot, podiatrists will use special insoles known as orthotics. These can be placed inside your shoe to reposition your foot in such a way that it realigns the ankle and leg as a whole to alleviate pressure and pain.