Poor circulation in your feet can occur as a result of the ageing process and lifestyle choices as well as underlying medical conditions such as Diabetes. A Doppler ultrasound test can be performed during a routine appointment to listen to the strength and regularity of the various pulses in the foot and ankle. Combined with a visual inspection and information offered by the patient we can develop a clear picture of the circulatory health of the feet.
Nerve Testing (Neurological Assessment)
Many medical conditions such as diabetes and pernicious anaemia can cause peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves in the feet). This can be easily assessed and and monitored using simple painless sensation tests as part of a regular podiatry appointment.
Lower Limb Function Assessment
If your foot problem is related to an underlying problem relating to the structure and/or function of the leg or foot, this assessment will examine the cause. The amount of movement available at joints, the tightness of muscles and position of the foot when standing and walking can have a huge impact on the foot and cause a multitude of issues. The assessment involves manipulation of the foot and leg structures and you may also be asked to demonstrate your gait on our treadmill. Identifying the cause of your pain will allow us to recommend treatment such as orthotics (insoles), simple exercises, ultrasound therapy or other relevant therapies.
A large aspect of podiatry is the medical pedicure. This will consist of nail cutting, thinning down thickened nails and the removal of hard skin and corns as well as advice and treatment designed to reduce the potential for future problems. Essentially the treatment involves addressing any issues that will make your feet look and feel better. Many of our patients attend the clinic every six to eight weeks in order to have this type of treatment, ensuring their feet stay comfortable and presentable.
At Acorn we offer Liquid Nitrogen freezing as well as the application of Silver Nitrate acid for the treatment of verrucas. We find this to be very effective, however the rate at which verrucas go is very unpredictable, it is dependent upon many factors. therefore your verruca may require multiple sessions.
Diabetic Foot assessment
Diabetes can have a huge impact on the health of the feet if not controlled well. A diabetic assessment at Acorn will consist of a Circulatory and Neurological check (as explained above) as well as a medical pedicure if required. The results can then be compared yearly in order to identify any areas of degeneration. A copy of your assessment results can also be sent to your GP so that he/she can keep it on record and be assured that you are receiving professional care.
Ultrasound Therapy can be used to treat a wide range of painful conditions in the foot such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. The painful site is massaged with the head of the machine, sound waves penetrate the deep tissues, heating them gently causing an increase in the rate of motabolism and therefore stimulates healing and pain relief.
If you are unable to attend the clinic we offer a home visit service covering coastal towns between Seaford and Rottingdean. We bring all required equipment to carry out a full and professional service in the comfort of your own home.
We offer a professional visiting service for those in Nursing or Residential care. We currently have many Homes ranging from Hove to Polgate. We have a staggered pricing system, the cost reduces as the number of patient's increase For full details of prices and whether we operate in your area please call us on 01273 582999.
At Acorn we believe that each appointment should be tailored to fit the individual needs of the patient, therefore we have a wide range of assessment and treatment types available.
Tel: 01273 582999