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Podiatry

podiatry

Our Podiatrists/ Chiropodists can help with:

  • Routine Footcare, (corn, callous, nail problems)
  • Nail Surgery
  • Biomechanics/Orthotic  manufacture
  • Gait Analysis
  • Diabetic Footcare
  • Cryotherapy/Verucca Treatment
  • Rhematology

Chiropody is general care of the feet from nail cutting to callous/corn removal.  Callous is just hard skin which develops due to over-load (body weight) and friction (movement) on the skin, so it is a normal protective function.  Unfortunately, the skin can create so much hard skin that the central area, where the pressure is so great a corn is produced.   This lump of the skin pushes into the underlying tissues and causes great discomfort and pain.  It is not a problem cutting corns away, but the reason behind their development is a change in “normal foot function”. This is where Podiatry comes in.

Podiatry is looking into gait (how you walk), and foot function and correcting it as far as possible, with simple insoles to custom made Orthoses (insoles).

Biomechanics and Gait Analysis

A biomechanical examination is used to assess foot and lower limb function. Foot pain can be caused by poor foot posture or other structural problems. Common problems include heel pain, pain in the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia) and flat feet (the arches of the feet have reduced or flattened the foot out., thus changing the position of the all the bones). If the foot is hypermobile or out of alignment it can also result in pain or injury in the foot/knee/hip/lower back.

At Headcorn Natural Health Centre we have access to the latest in computerized gait scanning equipment, which assesses not only position and movement but also forces occurring within injured tissues. This enables us to not merely tell you, but show you where the problems lie. However our most valuable diagnostic tool is the expertise of our clinical team. Our podiatrists have practiced in the NHS, where they have had experience in treating advanced, post surgical, pediatric and diabetic Biomechanical Conditions.

Your Podiatrist may prescribe a range of treatments following your biomechanical assessment including stretches, exercise plans, onward referral to surgical or other services and orthoses.

Orthoses

Orthoses are devices which are placed in shoes to compensate for or correct an injury or structural problem. They come in many different sorts, from soft, cushioned devices designed to promote comfort, to rigid functional devices to change the position or function of the feet. We carry a range of over the counter insoles as well as having facilities to make custom built devices for more complex problems.

Our podiatry team is made up of three therapists who have all previously worked within the NHS and are all registered with the Health Professions Council.  This means we are continually updating our professional knowledge with the latest research and techniques.

We are available for booked appointments from Monday to Saturday.

Jill McVarish – Podiatrist

Jill McVarish, has been qualified since 1984, from The Chelsea School of Chiropody/Podiatry.  For the first 10 years she worked for the National Health Services in London and Maidstone, as a Senior 1 and gradually since then, she has worked more and more in the private sector. Two years from the Maidstone Chiropody Practice and she now has her own practice here at the Headcorn Natural Health Centre since the Year 2000.  Here we offer a comprehensive Foot care service to include Nail Surgery, Gait Analysis, Diabetic Foot Care, Rheumatology, Basic Podopeadiatrics (Children’s Foot Management), Custom made Orthoses(insoles), Simple insoles, and Verrucae Treatment, including Cryotherapy. Jill works Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Headcorn Natural Health Centre.

Robert Isaacs – Podiatrist

Bsc.pod.M. M.Ch.S HCPC Registered Podiatrist / Chiropodist. Robert works Wednesdays at Headcorn Natural Health Centre.

Kirstie Clements – Podiatrist

Kirstie qualified as a Podiatrist in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry from Nene College, Northampton. She has worked in both the NHS and private practice during the past 17 years. Kirstie has also volunteered her services at diabetic clinics in the Ukraine as well as providing treatment at the London Marathon. Kirstie works alternate saturdays at Headcorn Natural Health Centre.

Andrea Wells – Podiatrist

Andrea qualified as a Podiatrist in 2006 from the University of Brighton. Andrea has worked within the health sector for 16 years and worked as a health care assistant working in hospitals, nursing homes, mental health and patient homes before qualifying as a Podiatrist. Since qualifying she has worked in the private sector. Andrea is able to bring much experience of working with and caring for a mixed variety of patient needs. Andrea works on Fridays at Headcorn Natural Health Centre.

All of our Podiatrists are H.P.C. Registered, which stands for a member of the Health Professional Council. This is a regulating body for all Chiropodist/Podiatrist, maintaining standards that safe guard the public.

Always make sure your Chiropodist / Podiatrist is H.P.C. Registered.