What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist, sometimes referred to as a chiropodist – which is perhaps the most traditional term, is, in short, a fancier term for a ‘foot doctor’. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who specialise in treating conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They work to keep people mobile, treat infections and relieve pain – podiatrists can instruct you how to look after your feet and also alleviate day-to-to-day foot issues. Some of the most common foot concerns which require medical help from a podiatrist are:

  • Fungal nail infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Unusual smelling feet
  • Heel pain
  • Blisters
  • Sports injuries
  • Gout
  • Bunions

How can a podiatrist help?

If you are experiencing issues such as cracks, warts, verrucae, scaling, peeling, discolouration of the toenail or any other foot-related illness, a podiatrist is perhaps your best bet. Some of their treatments may be as simple as putting an orthotic in your shoe – this will help realign and take pressure off your feet. Podiatrists also carry out services such as removing thick skin and clipping toenails, as well as more complex foot issues from sporting injuries.

At a podiatrist consultation, they will take into account your medical history, check the circulation in your feet and may conduct blood tests. After this, they will discuss your worries and create a treatment plan. For more minor issues, these can be treated within one session.

How can Medstars help you

Here at Medstars, our specialist practitioners are always on hand to help with your medical queries. Our free online platform allows you to browse individual health specialist profiles, so you can compare prices, location and patient reviews. This allows you to make a well-informed decision for your foot health concerns. Here are just a few of our practitioners specialising in chiropody:  

Mr Mark Foster – Birmingham

Mr Mark Foster is a specialist who has developed an expertise in biomechanics and orthotics, making him a well-respected surgeon in the region. He has been working in podiatry since 2000, specialising in wound care, minor surgery and podiatry. Dr Foster also believes in the importance of musculoskeletal pathology, as it helps him employ a more holistic approach in his chiropody.

Mr Mark O’Sullivan – Birmingham

Mr Mark O’Sullivan has impressive experience in podiatry – he has been in the practice for 15 years and specialises in treating children and young adults with rare dermatological conditions. Mark has also taken postgraduate studies in the fields of acupuncture, dermatology, nail surgery, steroid injections and verruca needling. This has allowed him to develop further clinical expertise and practice innovative treatments for ingrown toenails, verrucae and sports injuries.

Mr Andrew Robinson – Essex

Mr Andrew Robinson has been working as a podiatrist for 22 years, specialising in biomechanics, cosmetic toenail replacement and custom orthotic shoes. Mr Robinson prioritises ensuring his patients are as comfortable as possible and maintains a reassuring attitude at all times. He is also qualified in toenail painting and fingernail trimming – this service especially popular for his older clients who may feel uncomfortable going to the salon.

To learn more about Medstars, browse our health specialists. For any other queries, please get in touch with a member of our friendly team who will be happy to help with your healthcare journey.

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