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  • 8 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the guidance from the Royal College of Podiatry, we are following all the precautions to ensure your safety and ours.

Please see here for more information: Guidelines for Attending an Appointment.

Expert care to keep feet healthy

Regular care and attention can make a big difference in keeping your feet healthy and happy for the long term. Our routine footcare deals with all kinds of everyday issues such as corns, calluses and cracked heels. Yet just as importantly, it helps to pick up any signs of foot damage or potential problems so that our podiatrist can treat them right away here at our Totnes based clinic.

Cutting and caring for toenails is an essential part of routine footcare and we’re really experienced in getting to all those tricky areas for neat and healthy nails. We’ll also assess ingrowing toenails and thickened nails to decide on the best way to treat them. Hard skin, calluses and corns are particularly common problems which we can remove quickly and painlessly – and we can also arrange a home visit if you have problems with mobility.

 Feet Problems With Diabetes

Caring for your feet is extremely important if you’re living with diabetes because of potential problems with foot sensation and circulation. These problems can include numbness, discolouration, temperature changes, tingling and wounds.

At Footworks Podiatry, Totnes, we’ll carry out a comprehensive and thorough diabetic foot assessment to pick up any concerns. This includes checks for numbness and changes in sensation as well as pain, wounds, corns, calluses and blisters. We’ll advise on footwear and caring for your feet at home as well as treating any problems.

Contact us today on 01803 868888 to book your appointment or if you have any questions.

Your questions answered

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 the cornerstone of caring for your feet as common complaints will be treated and potential problems picked up.

How are corns, calluses and hard skin removed?

We use a scalpel to carefully remove thickened skin to help relieve pressure on the tissue underneath.* This is completely painless.

How are cracked heels treated?

We’ll begin by carefully removing hard skin and calluses from your heels. Any infection will be treated and we’ll use a specialist moisturiser to help soften the area.

Is it important to have an assessment if I have diabetes?

Yes – it’s really important. At Footworks Podiatry, we have lots of clients with diabetes so we’re very experienced in this area. Our diabetic foot assessments help spot problems, particularly in relation to sensation and circulation. We’ll look at how you’re managing your diabetes in general before carrying out a thorough check. Finally, we’ll put together a treatment/management plan including advice on how to care for your feet at home and your level of risk.

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.

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.

*Individual results may vary