Chiropody Home Visits

Chiropody Home Visits

For any kind foot problem it may be required that you visit a chiropodist. These are specialists in the field of providing health care to feet. Many people suffer from different types of feet disorders during their lives; many problems can be treated with the help of a chiropodist through advice and treatment.

You might be referred to a chiropodist through your GP or local nurse but in certain circumstances if the condition is serious you may be treated free of charge through the NHS; if this is not available you may be recommended a private Chiropodist. If your problems or situation means that you cannot visit the clinic you may be able to receive chiropody home visits for your treatment; this is also known as domiciliary care.

What Chiropody home visits provide

Chiropody home visits can be particularly helpful for patients who are elderly and suffering foot problems or those who are disabled or house bound through injury. A chiropodist can come to your home and provide the same extensive service that would be available at the clinic. From your home they can provide help, advice and treatment to all minor foot disorders.

Elderly and diabetic patients are vulnerable to foot problems more than regular healthy people; this is especially true at winter time with the cold weather. Many pensioners find it hard to leave the house during the winter months are the visit of a chiropodist can be beneficial as-well as providing general company. Appointments can be scheduled regularly in advance at times that suit you; depending on the problem it may be necessary to book regular chiropody home visits.

They are also beneficial as home visits can be made during the evening and even weekends along with regular clinic hours; this gives the patient flexibility on when they can be seen to. Some of the treatments provided in a home visit are:

  • Cutting and filing of toenails
  • Dry and cracked heels
  • Athlete`s foot
  • Plantar warts (verrucae)
  • Corn and callouses treatment
  • Ailments

General foot advice is also given such as advice on how to bathe feet and dry them afterwards, what kinds of socks and shoes to wear and how to maintain good circulation to feet. Any treatment that requires strapping and padding can also be provided with a home visit.

Finding a Chiropodist

Finding and booking chiropody home visits can work in different ways. If you have first seen a doctor about your foot problem you may be referred to a chiropodist, this will be booked for you at a time that suits either through the NHS if you are eligible of through a private Chiropodist. Appointments with Chiropodists can be booked independently at any time. If you are booking a private chiropodist you should make sure that they are registered with the Health Professional Council (HPC) and accredited to at least one of the following organisations:

  • British Chiropody and Podiatry Association
  • The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
  • The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists