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Podiatric medicine

Podiatric medicine is a term which encompasses the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the foot, ankle and lower limb.

What is podiatric medicine?

Podiatric medicine is a healthcare profession which requires completion of a 3-4 year degree course and focuses on the different disorders and pathologies which affect the foot and lower limb.

As well as gaining expert knowledge of the foot and lower limb during their studies, a podiatrist will also be required to gain an understanding of other structures and systems within the body including the heart and circulatory system, the nervous system, the brain and the lymphatic system.

Our podiatrists here at are able to apply this broad knowledge of human pathology and evidence based practice to the successful assessment and treatment of their patients.

What conditions can podiatric medicine help with?

A podiatrist is trained to treat a broad range of conditions affecting the foot and lower limb please see our What We Treat page. Conditions which can have an impact on the lower limb include;

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatic conditions
  • Parkinson's
  • Spina bifida
  • Stroke
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Heart conditions
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Down Syndrome
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis

What are the benefits of Podiatric Medicine?

Treatment with a podiatrist has many benefits including;

  • Reduced pain levels
  • Improved quality of life and well-being
  • Prevention of problems occurring in the future
  • Improved mobility and flexibility
  • Prevention of complications developing
  • Less embarrassment in relation to your condition
  • Greater infection control

Many of the conditions which are treated by a podiatrist can have a huge impact on an individual's life due to issues such as decreased mobility, increased pain and discomfort, reduced quality of life and embarrassment.

The benefits of any treatment will vary from patient to patient. To discuss your own treatment options and any potential benefits with one of our podiatrists or to arrange an appointment please email us on or call 0330 088 4222.

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