The professional care of feet has been in existence since the time of the Egyptians and was evidenced by bas-relief carvings at the entrance to Ankmahor's tomb.
Corns and calluses were described by Hippocrates who recognised the need to physically reduce hard skin, followed by removal of the cause. He invented skin scrapers for this purpose and these were the original scalpels.
It is well established that 'corn cutters' were in existence around Shakespeare's time as he included reference to the humble corn.
"Cap: Welcome , gentlemen ! Ladies that have their toes Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you. Ah ah my mistresses! which of you all Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty, she I'll swear hath corns! Am I come near you now?" Romeo & Juliet Act 1 Sc5William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The title podiatrist has replaced the title chiropodist and since 2003 both 'podiatrist' and 'chiropodist' have been protected titles. and anyone wishing to practise under either title must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) Each year the practitioner has to prove the number of hours of CPD (continuing professional development) they have undertaken in order to be registered to practice for the following year.
I qualified with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine from Northampton School of Podiatry in 1991. With further study I obtained my degree (BSc) and then went on to complete a Sports Podiatry course at Manchester Metropolitan University. During this further study I was in full time NHS employment in Cheltenham for 6 years, and returned to the profession as a locum Podiatrist following 18 months travelling. I then spent 2 years at home whilst having my children and have since returned to Podiatry as a Private Practitioner.
I am also a member of the Health Professional Council. If you would like further information on the services and treatments fees, please don't hesitate to contact me .
Treating the Foot
- Chiropodists diagnose and treat a wide range of problems on the foot and lower leg.
- They seek to determine the cause of ailments, diseases and deformities of the foot.
- They discuss treatment options with patients and give advice on how to stop the problem from recurring.
- If a complete cure is not possible, the patient is kept comfortable and preventative measures are taken to stop the condition from worsening.
For friendly service or advice, contact me