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Podiatry and Chiropody at Alternatives.

Podiatry is the new term used for chiropody. Podiatry comes from the Greek word `pod` meaning `foot` and `iatry` meaning `therapy`. This change in terminology reflects the wider scope of practice now carried out by a podiatrist including minor surgery and musculo-skeletal assessment of the lower limbs. Christian Schafer is our Podiatrist in Northwood.

Christian qualified in 1992 with a Podiatry BSc(Hons) degree and has been practising in the NHS for 24 years and privately for 20 years. He is registered with the Health Professions Council (this replaces State Registered) and holds certificates in local anaesthesia, acupuncture and x-ray (Popument Course 1996)

Chris is registered with the following private health care companies: BUPA, WPA, Norwich Union, Sigma and HSA for consultation. Please check requirements and cover with these and other companies before making appt.

Treatments include:-

  • Nailcare
  • Fungal nailcare, including laser treatment
  • Corns and callous removal
  • Verruca cryotherapy or alternative treatments as necessary
  • Ingrown toenail surgery (under local anaesthetic)
  • Diabetes screening and footcare
  • Paediatric footcare and advice
  • Muscular skeletal assessment
  • Casted foot orthotics

    Whilst focusing on the feet, a Podiatrist will take a holistic approach as many common problems such as back, hip and knee pain are often caused by the way we walk.

    Patients for general nailcare ,corns, callous etc. are given a 45 minute first appointment which allows time for a thorough assessment including a dopler test for any diabetic problems and a full treatment followed by 30 minute regular appointments if needed for routine treatments, or 45 minutes to one hour for musculo-skeletal podiatry appointments and 45 minute laser treatments for fungal nail treatments.

    For those requiring it a 45-60 minute musculo-skeletal assessment will check for range and quality of motion in the lower limb as well as leg length difference, and foot biomechanics during walking. Other specific problems such as those of a paediatric or sports injuries nature can also be diagnosed.

    From the findings of the assessment, a treatment plan is devised which often includes stretching exercises along with therapies, and ultimately customised orthotics if indicated to restore foot function.

    Common musculo-skeletal problems treated by a podiatrist are :-

  • Heel pain
  • Flat feet/arch pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Back pain
  • Running injuries
  • Musculo-skeletal problems relating from pregnancy

    Standard half hour appointment £38.00, Pensioners £30.00 but first 45 minute Consultation,examination and treatment appointment £45. ( This longer appointment ensures that Chris has time to do a thorough un-rushed assessment and a full treatment ) Musculoskeletal 1 hour appointments are £65.

    For further information please call 01923 828832


  • Fungal Nail and Laser Treatment

    Chris treats fungal nail mainly with a laser as he has found this to be far more effective than creams and tablets, in fact most of the clients he treats this way have been using creams and tablets for a year or two to no avail.

    Picture of a clients fungal nail before laser treatment :-

    Podiatry / Chiropody. fungal before

    Picture of same clients fungal nail after laser treatment :-

    Podiatry / Chiropody. fungal after

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