Our initial assessments last up to 45 minutes, during which any required follow up treatment options will be detailed. This is a longer appointment than many other Podiatrist practices, however we feel that this offers the best results.
Our team of degree qualified and HCPC registered Podiatrists use aseptic techniques. Our equipment goes through a three tiered sterilisation process in the same way that dentists equipment is cleansed. These techniques, coupled with our clean clinical environment help to prevent the spread of infection. We use the most up-to-date clinical equipment to ensure that you keep walking in comfort. We also undertake regular screening in order to detect and treat potential problems before they become and issue.
MFM staff are some of the most up to date and knowledgeable in the industry, and being an ethical company our practitioners can suggest how we may treat your conditions, and will be very happy to discuss NHS treatment alternatives where appropriate (MFM does not offer NHS treatment, but can try to help facilitate this for you via your GP).
At MyFootMedic we take diabetes seriously, because Diabetes is the leading cause of ulceration and amputation. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to:
- Peripheral neuropathy – damage to the nerves supplying the feet and legs.
- Peripheral arterial disease – damage to the blood vessels supplying the feet and legs.
- Weakened Immune system – reduced ability for the body to fight off infections.
- Retinopathy – impaired eyesight
- Nephropathy – impaired kidney function
These factors mean that you may not notice an injury due to nerve damage or poor eyesight. Reaching your feet may become difficult due to swelling caused by kidney damage, and wounds may be slow to heal due to poor blood supply. Your body may not be able to fight off an infection effectively. Regular treatment by a Podiatrist can drastically reduce your risks of suffering from diabetic foot complications.
Similar to a dental check-up or your car’s M.O.T, a Foot Health Check aims to highlight any problems that may be present or developing. During this appointment your Podiatrist will assess your; nails, skin, nerves, blood supply and joints. We assess for peripheral neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, as well as for nail complications, infections and joint disease.
A Foot Health Check can detect early signs of complications from both your heart and your nerves; e.g. atrial fibrillation and deep vein thrombosis. It is advised that you undertake an annual assessment in order to achieve an early diagnosis and treatment for any complications that may be uncovered. If a substantial complication is uncovered, we may ask your permission to contact and update your GP with our findings.
No. We do not offer home visits because we want to give the best treatment we can, which often requires the use of some of our specialised tools, in a sterile medical environment.
A biomechanical assessment is a series of examinations undertaken to diagnose the causative factors relating to your foot/ankle/knee/hip or back pain. This is achieved by assessing the way in which you walk (Gait Analysis), muscle/tendon function and the range of motion at specific joints. It is also crucial to assess your footwear and any life style factors that may be contributing to your symptoms.
The outcome of a biomechanical assessment will impact your treatment, which may include: stretching/strengthening prescription, joint mobilisation/manipulation, orthotic prescription, footwear changes, lifestyle modification, steroid injection, shockwave therapy or referral for further treatment i.e. surgical consultation.
Following booking your appointment, we firstly require a medical history form to be completed. This can be completed prior to the appointment, though if you have any questions do save them for the practitioner.
Much like visiting the dentist, your consultation will be with a practitioner where you will sit in a podiatrists chair. The Podiatrist will ask questions prior to any treatment being given, and if applicable, discuss the treatment options available. Treatment will not be undertaken until you have given consent.
Dependent on your individual needs, a variety of different pieces of diagnostic equipment and tests may be used.
Treatment can often commence during your initial assessment, however, this depends on the problem at hand and is not always the case.