A Little About Podiatry
WHAT SKILLS DO A PODIATRIST HAVE?
During the 3yr Bsc podiatry course students are educated with the following skills:
- The identification and treatment of all common skin lesions and nail pathologies.
- The anatomy of the lower limb (All bone and soft tissue structures from the hip to the foot)
- The circulatory and neurological system of the body
- The biomechanics of the lower limb
- Dermatology, pharmacology and wound management
- Diabetic foot screening and management
- Nail surgery with local anaesthesia
- Sport injury management
- The manufacture of foot orthotics and toe splint devices.
Further to this, many dedicated practitioners will seek to enhance there expertise and skill set by engaging it post graduate study. At the Shand Practice our practitioners have invested much time and effort into continuing to develop at professionals in the field, Recent courses have led to our podiatrist gaining skills in the following quarter
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Foot mobilization therapy
- Podiatric acupuncture
- Prescribing of custom made foot orthotics.
With this wealth of knowledge, a podiatrist is best placed to diagnose and treat a wide variety of soft tissue lesions, skin and nail infections, muscle, ligament, bone, fascial and joint problems of the lower limb.
WHAT CAN PODIATRY HELP WITH?
The most common foot and lower limb complaints we experience at the clinic are
- Onychocryptosis (Ingrown toenails)
- Hyperkeratosis (Callous and corns)
- Verruca plantaris Verruca, singular of multiple found on the soles of the feet.
- Metatarsalgia/capsulitis-Pain in the balls of the feet,commonly the 2nd joint.
- Hallux abducto valgus –(Bunions) Deviation of the big toe towards the 2nd toe with boney protrusion to the side of the foot.
- Mortons neurona- Thickening/trauma to the nerves supplying the 3rd and 4th digits resulting in a sharp, stabbing pain felt in the toes.
- Plantar fasciitis- Pain felt on the inside of the heel and arch. Commonly worse first thing in the morning and after long periods of standing.
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction- The posterior tibial tendon plays a big role in supporting the medial arch of the foot. Excessive overuse of this structure can result in inflammation, degeneration and tears to the structure causing arch collapse and pain around the inner aspect of the foot and around the inside ankle bone.
- Achilles tendinitis- Pain felt at the back of the heel when elevating onto the toes, climbing stairs or during sporting activities such as running, racket sports and keep fit.
- Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) Pain felt on the inner aspect of the shin bone during running activity.
- Patellofemerol syndrome (runners knee) Pain or discomfort originating from contact of the posterior surface of the knee cap with the femur causing trauma to the articular cartlidge, resulting in pain felt at the front of the knee joint during hill climbs, running and climbing stairs.
MEET OUR EXPERTS
Scott Shand BSc Pod
Director and head PodiatristScott specialises in the treatment of foot and ankle pathologies using a combination of manual therapy, shockwave and laser therapy and custom designed and fabricated orthotics. Scott is Director and chief Designer at Epione Orthotics.
Emma Campbell Bsc Pod (hons)
Full Time PodiatristEmma specialises in verruca needling and Nail reconstruction
Ruth Flett Bsc Pod (Hons)
Full Time PodiatristRuth is the newest member of our team.
Podiatrist/Clinical DirectorAlthough now partially retired, Ron brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. A much loved and respected member of the team with over 45 years experience in the treatment of foot problems.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
Absolutely top-notch service. A friendlier place you will not find! Everyone is so pleasant, patient, they really listen to you and address your concerns like the true professionals they are. They are knowledgeable and the results were fantastic. Highly recommend The Shand Practice.
“Central location with on street parking outside. Great service and flexible appointments. I have been to the practice for various injuries and pains such as ‘shin splints’ and plantar plate issues. Treatment included; massage, acupuncture, review on how I was running (treadmill) and I was also given exercises to do at home and lots information and tips to stop the problem reoccurring. I would like to thank Scott as it never has! A family run business who care about their clients and the results.”