Richard started his Foot Clinic in 1989 after he had qualified as a chiropodist, Plymouth has been his base ever since. The practice has evolved over the years and is now a multi functional clinic as Richard is now a HPC register Physiotherapist and Podiatrist. This means Richard can offer a truly holistic approach, this enables Richard to deal with the cause of problems and not just the effects. This desire of Richard's to practice in this way was further enhanced when he was joined by Jaqueline Beasley who is a qualified Sports massage therapist. Jaqueline has also qualified as a certified Rolfer in Germany and having had further training in Colorado USA is a Rolf Movement Practitioner.
This background enables Richard to use his varied knowledge and huge range of treatments to offer a unique service as a chiropodist Plymouth. As a HPC registered chiropodist Richard is can offer diagnosis and treatment for the following and so much more:
As a Chiropodist Plymouth, Richard is able to diagnose and treat nearly all feet related problems, it is the fact that Richard is a fully qualified Podiatrist and Physiotherapist and works with Jaqueline a certified Rolfer, that enables him to offer a unique holistic approach to your problems. Richard appreciates that some problems are complex in order that, he can offer his services to as many as possible, in certain circumstances Richard will make home visits.
Chiropodists specialise in alleviating, preventing and correcting many foot and lower limb disorders and provide professional advice on proper foot care to patients of all ages and walks of life. A well trained chiropodist is good at assessing, diagnosing and treating abnormalities and with a wide range of treatments available as a state registered Chiropodist Plymouth Richard provides an excellent level of care for all his Foot Clinic patients
Typical work activities and services provided by Chiropodist Plymouth include (but are not limited to):
Podiatric bio-mechanics is very technical and requires high skill to deal with problems of standing, walking and running. It is the use of this skill in performing a bio-mechanical examination that enables the chiropodist Plymouth to identify and treat functional faults.
A bio-mechanical examination involves taking a series of measurements of the feet and legs with the patient standing and lying down and may include checking joint movements and assessing muscle strength and flexibility. Bio-mechanical examination will often include watching the patient walk to assess the way in which the foot works.
The results of a bio-mechanical examination enable the chiropodist to assess the relative positions of the feet and legs and the amount of excessive motion occurring. Once that is established, the chiropodist will be able to decide which treatment can help the feet to function more efficiently.
It is because feet are soft and supple in their early years, children can develop foot problems. Certain foot problems in children are inherited while others occur in response to injury, improper footwear, illness or deformity. Some problems are quite visible at birth while others may not be obvious until a child has started to walk. Many of the problems with children's feet that occur, will naturally go away as the foot develops. Some conditions will only go away if they are found and treated early on, it is the early diagnosis that is so important for healthy foot growth in your child, which is why a visit to a chiropodist Plymouth is so important in those early years of development. Below is a list of Some problems that can be diagnosed and treated by a registered chiropodist Plymouth
All babies' feet appear to be flat, the arches will form over time and should as a generalisation be present by about age two or three. Flatfeet generally are not stiff and the condition is not usually painful. If your child complains of pain in the foot, ankle, heel, arch, or pain when walking and running. It is advisable to see a chiropodist Plymouth who will look at your child's feet to make sure that the pain isn't caused by a problem in the hip or the knee.
In-toeing, a very common foot problem in young children and is often referred to as being "pigeon toed". Most people stand and walk with their feet pointed straight ahead or slightly outward, some people's feet point inward (in-toeing). In most cases, intoeing goes away without any treatment at all. In a few children, it doesn't get better on its own and must be treated, if you are in any doubt call Richard and ask.
An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) occurs when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The ingrown nail can also apply pressure in the nail fold area without penetrating the skin - this is not technically an ingrown toe nail, but can also be painful (a corn/callus is also common down the side of the nail and is a reaction to this pressure, rather than the nail actually penetrating the skin)
Out-toeing occurs when feet are curved outward instead of pointing straight forward. Unlike in-toeing, it will not correct itself because the lower limbs generally rotate outward rather than inward as they grow. Out-toeing may worsen as a child ages, causing problems with physical activities, or it may stay the same and cause no additional problems. A great majority of children do not need treatment but as with in toeing it is best to seek clarification.
This is quite a common habit as children are learning to walk, and as a generalisation the tendency usually subsides around age two. When a child continues to walk on his toes persistently, after that age there may be an underlying problem which may or may not require treatment, call a chiropdist Plymouth and Richard, gladly answer any questions you may have.