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  • 1b Castle Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NU

Treating foot and lower-limb conditions and concerns

At Footworks Podiatry, our team of podiatrists and specialists has over 20 years of podiatry experience in both routine and advanced treatments. We take a personal and tailored approach – after all, you and your feet are completely unique. This helps to ensure that your treatment is exactly right for you and addresses any underlying issues or potential problems.
Our podiatrists can visit you in your home if you have mobility problems and our modern clinic is right in the middle of Totnes, Devon, with parking nearby. From treating corns, calluses, verrucas and ingrowing toenails to sports injuries, shin splints and chronic pain in the foot and lower limb, we’re here to put your foot health first.

Complete list of specialist foot treatments at our Totnes clinic

Routine footcare – our chiropodists believe that a little TLC goes a long way in caring for the long-term wellbeing of your feet. From dealing with corns, calluses and cracked heels to caring for toenails and picking up signs of potential problems, our routine appointments are the cornerstone of good foot health. Diabetic foot assessments are also covered under routine footcare. They help prevent potential problems caused by reduced sensation and circulation.

Specialist nail treatments – these include innovative Clearanail treatment for fungus nail infections, partial nail avulsion surgery for deeply ingrown toenails and Wilde Pedique nail reconstruction treatment for thickened and damaged toenails.

Verucca Swift treatment – verrucas can be a persistent problem for many clients, which is why we’ve invested in Swift®, an innovative technology that uses microwave energy to treat veruccas without affecting the surrounding skin. Treatment takes around 5 seconds and there’s no need for any anaesthetic or dressings.

Treatment for foot pain & injury – our foot doctors carry out rigorous assessments to help diagnose the causes of foot and lower-limb pain. We can treat many types of conditions including sports injuries, arch and heel pain, arthritic joints, neuromas and shin splints. Treatment is tailored to each client but could include foot orthotics, massage and muscle-strengthening therapies as well as stretching programmes.

Musculoskeletal and biomechanical assessment – our podiatrists in Totnes use this in-depth assessment to understand a client’s lower-limb alignment, structure, strengths and weaknesses to help find the most appropriate solutions for pain in the foot and lower limb. The assessment evaluates the structure of the foot, range of movement within joints, forces on specific joints and posture.

Gait analysis – innovative technology in gait analysis with OptoGait has enabled our foot specialists to gain invaluable insight into the way a client walks. Understanding a client’s gait can help to establish the underlying causes of foot or lower-limb pain.

Contact us today at our Totnes clinic on: 01803 868888 to book your appointment, or if you have any questions.

Your questions answered

What is podiatry and is it different to chiropody?

Podiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot and lower limb. Chiropody is the same thing – podiatry is a more modern term that’s become widely used in the UK.

To become a podiatrist, a three-year podiatric medicine degree course must be undertaken in order to gain registration with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). This regulatory body protects the public by ensuring health and care professionals (including podiatrists) meet the standards set for professional skills, training, behaviour and health.

Why are there so many foot treatments?

As a specialist podiatry clinic, we’re here to help diagnose and treat a diverse range of foot and lower-limb conditions and concerns as well as providing everyday care. Feet and lower limbs can be affected by pain, infection, injury and health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Our expert foot doctors provide advanced and bespoke care to help improve and maintain foot wellbeing for all of our clients.

What is routine footcare?

This covers general foot complaints such as nail cutting and care, corns and hard skin. It also includes diabetic foot assessments as they should be carried out frequently. Regular routine appointments are essential for your feet as common complaints will be treated and potential problems picked up.

How long will my appointment take?

This does depend on the treatment you need but plan to be with us for around 45 minutes for an initial general assessment and 30 minutes for follow-up appointments. Allow 1 hour and 15 minutes for a musculoskeletal (MSK) assessment and up to 45 minutes for follow-up appointments. The diabetic foot assessment takes up to 45 minutes.

How long does gait analysis take?

This in-depth assessment takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. It’s a good idea to wear something comfortable such as shorts or jogging bottoms as well as everyday footwear.

Does treatment for ingrowing toenails involve surgery?

Ingrowing toenails can often be treated by carefully trimming the nail. However, if the nail is extremely ingrown our foot specialists will need to carry out a minor surgical procedure. This is known as partial nail avulsion and is performed under local anaesthetic.

When your toe is numbed, we’ll cut away the edges of the nail before treating it with phenol to prevent it from growing back.

*Individual results may vary