Podiatry and Chiropody

What is Chiropody & Podiatry

In essence there is no real difference between chiropody and podiatry. The profession is now moving forward under the umbrella term of podiatry describing the maintenance and promotion of foot health. The practice of podiatry is based on a sound understanding of medicine, surgery and biomechanics as applied to the foot, ankle and lower limb.

At your first appointment

The initial visit to a podiatrist normally lasts 30 minutes during which time a full assessment of your foot condition will be made. Your treatment options will be discussed in full and an appropriate programme recommended and agreed. In many cases treatment may be started during your first visit.

Problems that can be helped by podiatry

A surprising variety of problems may be helped by podiatry. The foot can be considered as the mechanical foundations of the bodies’ frame. If these foundations are not balanced the knee, hips and even spinal column may experience adverse stress and strain. Chronic backache, for example, may be caused by poor foot mechanics and until this is resolved the back pain will be persistent.

The therapeutic benefits of podiatry include the treatment of:

  • Chronic back ache
  • Degenerative hip arthritis
  • Degenerative knee arthritis
  • Sports related knee pain
  • Achilles tendon injuries/running pains
  • Recurrent ankle strain
  • Foot and ankle arthritis
  • Painful corns and callus
  • Verrucae and other warts
  • Nail problems
  • Medical problems such as diabetes
  • Circulatory disorders

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Sandra Kontos

MChS SRCh DPodM

Sandra qualified from the London Foot Hospital and School of Podiatric medicine as a chiropodist in 1980 she then worked in the NHS for Camden and Islington for 17 years.

During this time she gained a vast amount of experience working with specialist groups treating diabetic and rheumatic patients at UCH.

Sandra also worked across a range of community clinics both in health centres and GP clinics. She holds a teaching certificate and taught on a sessional basis at the London Foot Hospital for a number of years.

Sandra is a State Registered Chiropodist and podiatrist.

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