Glossop Foot Clinic - Interview

Interview

Treating your foot related issues

10 days ago

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. That’s equivalent to a combined total of about 5 miles of walking accumulated throughout the day or about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Your feet can mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorder can show their initial symptoms in the feet. As we are using our feet every day, it is very important to take good care of our feet.

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Cylex: What are the basic needs of our feet?

Ian Bateman - Glossop Foot Clinic: People need to be able to participate in day to day activities pain free. Pain and discomfort and the impact they have on the quality of an individual's life should not be understated. Our feet need to function efficiently and effectively without pain.

Cylex: Is it difficult to work with children's feet?

Ian Bateman - Glossop Foot Clinic: No, however it is difficult to ascertain what a child is really complaining of. A child's viewpoint of the world and experience of pain and/or injury is vastly different to that of an adult. 10 years as a Paramedic prior to qualifying as a Podiatrist has allowed me to develop my assessment, questioning and treatment skills to ascertain the relevant information in children.

Cylex: What does the Biomechanical assessment consist of and how important is it when it comes to foot problems?

Ian Bateman - Glossop Foot Clinic: A biomechanical assessment involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses. The foot is a complex structure of 28 different bones, 214 ligaments and 38 muscles, bearing our body weight as we walk every day. The examination is not focused simply upon the foot but includes the pelvis, legs and knees, assessing the relationship between them. It is important to examine the lower limbs as a whole because they are closely connected and pain in one area can be due to a weakness or structural problem in another area.

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Cylex: How common are nail infections? Can you tell us a few words about the causes?

Ian Bateman - Glossop Foot Clinic: Fungal nail infections and infections caused by ingrown nails are very common. Fungal nail infections are typically caused by trauma to the nail and resultant fungal contamination and growth. Trauma can be a result of poor fitting footwear, acute trauma and also immunosuppressive medications. Fungal nail infections can be treated with topical liquids or tablets. Ingrown toe nails typically occur when a portion of the nail irritates the sulci (skin around the nail) and in some cases it can penetrate the skin causing pain and even infection. Treatment is required to remove the offending nail and antibiotics to treat the infection.

Cylex: Do podiatrists have areas of specialty in which they focus?

Ian Bateman - Glossop Foot Clinic: Yes, many Podiatrists specialise in certain specific aspects of Podiatry - For example 'Sports Injury / Orthotics'.

Cylex: What other treatments are offered by your clinic and can't be found somewhere else and how effective are they?

Ian Bateman - Glossop Foot Clinic: What we offer here at 'Glossop Foot Clinic' is a friendly, polite and professional level of service in a clean and modern clinic. We offer all types of Chiropody and Podiatry treatments for Glossop and its surrounding areas. We are HCPC registered and trained to the highest standards possible (BSc. (Hons) Podiatry). We are very effective at diagnosing and treating your foot related issues and providing a suitable and successful treatment plan.

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We tend to forget our feet and seldom stop to pamper them. We expect them to take us everywhere, often in the most unsuitable of footwear, and it’s only if we get a blister or other problem that we even think about what’s happening down at floor level. Foot care is highly important in achieving a presentable and functioning foot.

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