If you have never been to a podiatrist before, we understand that it can be a little daunting. This page offers some useful information about your appointment and what to expect.
If you are coming for a consultation, during the assessments the podiatrist will always need to see your feet, and in most cases, your legs. As such, please bring some shorts to change into, or alternatively some loose trousers that can be easily rolled above the knee.
Furthermore, footwear is of critical importance when dealing with problems of a podiatric nature. Therefore if you are coming for an assessment it is vital that you bring the shoes you wear most often; work shoes, leisure shoes, sports shoes and even gardening shoes. They all help to build a picture of what is going on with you and your feet.
If having a nail treatment, please remove all varnish before your visit to the podiatrist. The varnish will damage the instruments if left on the nails so it needs to be removed before treatment can begin.
Treatment cost can vary depending on the complexity of your requirements which is why we have developed a simple system for your initial appointent. You will either be booked for a routine footcare appointment for simple conditions or for an initial consultation. Following a consultation we can advise you of the cost of any further treatment you may need. See our basic treatment costs here.
The purpose of a consultation is usually to fully investigate the nature and cause of a condition in the foot, leg, back or other related parts of the body. During a consultation, a full medical and symptom history will be undertaken, and then any relevant weight bearing and non-weight bearing tests and assessments will be performed. As a patient you may have a problem and not understand what it is or why you are getting it. As a podiatrist it is our job to clinically diagnose these problems to the best of our abilities, and try and work out what has caused them. It is only with this full understanding of the history of a problem that a successful treatment can be implemented.
All new patients: So that you have enough time to complete our new-patient paperwork, please arrive at the clinic at least five minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment time.
Regardless of the reason for visiting the clinic, it is important to know what medication you are taking. As such, please bring an up-to-date list of your repeat medication with you at your initial appointment.