The answers to common questions about Podiatry

September 27, 2017

Do I need to see my GP before seeing a Podiatrist?

If your concern is regarding your feet/ankles, a Podiatrist should always be your first port of call as Podiatrists are specialists in foot and ankle conditions.

They will be able to offer an expert assessment and a recommended treatment plan to help you with your condition. In most cases, the Podiatrist can fully manage your condition independently. However, sometimes the Podiatrist may refer you to another health professional such as your GP or Physiotherapist if they feel their input is required in addition to helping you.

I just need my nails trimming – can you help?

Yes of course. One of the many treatments offered by Podiatrists is routine nail care to ensure your nails are healthy and safe.

Many elderly people and people with reduced mobility are unable to trim their toenails which can cause them to become overly long. This can lead to ingrowing of the nails and pressure wounds on the toes. In addition to this, if a person cannot trim their nails they may not be able to inspect their feet properly, meaning that an abnormality may go unnoticed

A Podiatrist is the most appropriate professional to see for nail care as they can provide expert and safe treatment but also assess general foot health which ensures things aren’t missed.

What moisturiser should I use on my feet?

At the Hatt Clinic we recommend Ureka cream, which is carefully formulated to care for and hydrate dry skin.

Ureka cream contains urea which is an important component of the body’s natural moisturising factor (NMF) and is well known for keeping the skin revitalised and supple. Regular application of Ureka cream helps keep your skin smooth and supple. In addition to this, it also has anti-bacterial and antiseptic qualities. Ureka cream comes is 25% and 10% urea strengths. We recommend the 10% strength cream for general dry skin conditions and 25% for more severe cases of dry skin. You can purchase this cream at the clinic when you come in for your appointment. Alternatively, give us a call and we can put one aside for you.

If you have any other questions that you would like answered, get in contact with us at 01380 730473 or book an appointment to see one of our Podiatrists.