Firstly, the terms Chiropodist or Podiatrist mean the same thing. Some use the term Foot Health Practioner but either way I am here to help with diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems.

Sometimes you may be tempted to arrange an appointment with your GP, but they are ever busier and it’s often quicker to arrange an appointment with a Chiropodist if your symptoms are exclusively related to problems with feet or lower ankle.

This can include symptoms such as the following:

Example appearance of calluses on feet

Example appearance of calluses on a foot

  • Persistent or chronic pain in your feet or ankles that doesn’t go away.
  • Sudden changes in the nails or skin on your foot.
  • Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling of the skin on the heel or foot.
  • Blisters on your feet.

As well as physical pain, you could experience pain or other uncomfortable symptoms from bacterial infection including the following:

  • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat in feet or ankles.
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
  • Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
  • Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a non-prescription product such as Deep Heat or other analgesic creams.
  • Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
  • Thickening toenails that cause discomfort in the toes.
  • Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness.
  • Tingling in the heel; persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel
  • Pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin or ibuprofen).
  • Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete’s Foot.

Here’s my most recent review:

Excellent service. I’m really pleased with my treatment. My first experience of a chiropodist/ podiatrist and I would highly recommend Richard.

These symptoms should be hard to ignore and it’s amazing what people put up with over time but please don’t – call me on 07800 996192 or email me and I would be happy to discuss your symptoms.

Further reading

What’s the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?

Fitter feet advice from Age UK