What happens at the consultation?
At your first consultation, your clinician will normally perform a routine examination of the foot, in order to check the overall health of the foot before treating the problem that brought you to the clinic. If the clinician discovers other problems with your feet that require treatment, this will be brought to your attention, these can either be treated during this appointment, or you will be advised on what to do next. You will also be given advice about the care of your feet with regard to your presenting problem(s) and the future maintenance required if any. Most treatments are usually completely painless (even pleasant) and many people get relief from their foot problems in this first appointment.
How long are the Appointments?
Appointment usually last 30 minutes some even less depending on the nature of the problem. However some assessments such as a biomechanical assessment may take longer and this will be discussed at the first visit.
How often will I need to attend appointments?
Routine conditions such as hard skin and nail trimming may require treatment every 6-8 weeks, but this is very subjective, and time intervals can sometimes be greater or lesser than this. In the case of verrucas, this is normally every two weeks, and in the case of orthotic prescription, a follow up reassessment may be in a few months.
Do I need to be referred by my Doctor?
The short answer is no. Patients tend to come directly to the clinic via friends or family recommendation and searching online. A foot clinic should be your first port of call if you have ongoing foot problems and you do not need a GP referral.