FAQ

 

Please check through the following frequently asked questions for the answer you may require. If you cannot get the help you need from this page, please get in contact and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

01

How much will treatment cost?

 

Please refer to our 'Prices' page for details of all costs.

02

How do I know if a therapist is qualified?

 

We hold copies of all our therapists up-to-date registrations and indemnity cover and you may ask to view these at any time.

03

Which therapy would be best for me?

 

If you are unsure which therapy would suit you, please feel free to ask our receptionists. They will take some details from you and will be able to select a suitable therapist who will contact you in due course. Alternatively, you may email us using the form in our 'contact us' page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

04

What’s the difference between chiropody or podiatry?

 

Chiropodists treat the more commonly known foot problems such as corns, calluses, verrucae and nail problems. Podiatrists (originally an American term) are known as ‘foot doctors’, dealing with sports injuries, orthotics and biomechanical (walking and running) problems. Podiatry involves higher academic training and advanced skills needed to specialise in foot surgery, anaesthetics and the prescription of medicines and biomechanics.
Podiatrists and chiropodists are parts of the same profession and in the UK the job titles are interchangeable.

05

What type of ailments can be treated by a podiatrist?

 

There are a number of ailments that may require the attention of a qualified podiatrist. To help you assess the situation, please refer to the list below.

06

Can a reflexologist tell what's wrong with the client?

 

Reflexology can reveal areas of the body that are out of balance or less healthy than others, but cannot be used to diagnose specific disorders. That is best left to a medical practitioner. 

07

Is aromatherapy only for relaxation?

 

Aromatherapy massage makes use of oils that have properties that can help with many different ailments, so it can do more than just help the client to relax. 

08

Are these therapies only for women?

 

Not at all. Men can benefit from them as well as women. 

09

Am I too old for massage and aromatherapy?

 

Clients of any age can suffer from conditions that make treatments unsuitable, but age is not a barrier. We have treated patients in their eighties and nineties.

10

Everyone suffers from stress at some time. Why should I seek treatment?

 

Although stress is a normal part of life, when it becomes intense or prolonged it can affect your health. This may lead to disorders such as high blood pressure, constipation, diabetes and many more. Therapies that break the stress cycle can help prevent these.

11

What if I can't make my appointment?

 

If you need to change or rearrange your appointment call 0114 2426 726 or contact us. Please give at least 24 hours’ notice or you may be charged for the appointment! 

Common Foot Problems and Complaints

Athlete's Foot

 

A common fungus infection between the toes in which the skin becomes itchy and sore, cracking and peeling away. Athlete's foot can be treated, but it can be tenacious and difficult to clear up completely.
 

Callus

 

Calluses occur most often on the heels and balls of the feet, the knees, and the palms of the hands. However, they can develop on any part of the body that is subject to repeated pressure or irritation. Calluses are usually more than an inch wide - larger than corns. They generally don't hurt unless pressure is applied.

Corns

 

Corns usually appear on non-weight-bearing areas like the outside of the little toe or the tops of other toes. Women have corns more often than men, probably because women wear high-heeled shoes and other shoes that do not fit properly. Corns have hard cores shaped like inverted pyramids. Sharp pain occurs whenever downward pressure is applied, and a dull ache may be felt at other times

Fungal Nail Infections

 

The same fungus that causes Athlete's foot though only affecting the nails and becomes more common the older you get and rarely affects children. The condition will become worse if left untreated. A chiropodist/podiatrist can thin down the nail to make footwear more comfortable and treat the infection. Your GP may prescribe tablets which can cure the condition.

Ingrowing Toenails

 

The side of the toenail becomes embedded in the skin as it grows, potentially causing the nail to bleed and can become easily infected. Cutting straight across the nail and wearing shoes with sufficient room for the toes can reduce the risk of developing ingrowing toenails. 

Verrucae

 

A highly contagious virus which enters the skin through minor cuts and can easily be passed from person to person by walking barefoot in communal areas such as bathrooms, showers and swimming pools. Certain creams and ointments may cure the virus but the most effective form of treatment is 'cryosurgery' which freezes the verrucae. This treatment can cause some discomfort and is not recommended for young children

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