What does a Podiatrist do?
Podiatrists are independent healthcare professionals who deliver palliative, preventative, biomechanical, pharmacological and surgical interventions to the lower limb.
Foot care is essential for overall good health and wellbeing, it is only when you experience foot pain that you realise the importance of your feet. This is why podiatry is a central part of the multidisciplinary team at The Complete Chiropractic Centre. Our aim is to improve your mobility, independence and quality of life.
Podiatrists do more than look at their patients’ feet. We can identify underlying disease processes which effect our mobility and well-being. With a concise medical history and a careful analysis of your biomechanics and physiology we can recognise factors which cause injury. We can then help prevent further damage.
Podiatrist: Sara Williams BSc (Hons)
Sara has attained a BSc (Hons) Degree in Podiatry from Plymouth University – a three year course with over a thousand hours working within NHS settings across the South West.
She is a registered podiatrist with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) who regulate all health care professionals.
Special interests include MSK (musculoskeletal and biomechanics ) Sara is also a member of the Devon Branch of MSK UK and attends meetings and courses to further develop her skills in this area. She has also worked on the P.A.L.S. (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) with Plymouth University, educating children in school settings about podiatry and looking after their feet. Sara also worked during the Plymouth Half Marathon treating athletes before during and after the race.
She is qualified to perform and has additional entitlements to her qualification for nail surgery and administering local anaesthetic,she is also qualified to prescribe certain drugs POM (prescription only medication).
When not treating the feet and lower limbs, Sara likes to keep fit by going to the gym, doing circuits, running, cycling and swimming and walking with the family.
In her previous working life before Podiatry Sara was a Veterinary nurse for 12 years working in charity hospitals for the PDSA (Croydon and Plymouth branches) and then in private practice in Surrey and Exeter.
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LET'S TALK: BIOMECHANICS
Assessing your lower limbs from your hips to your toes, it’s all connected.
It’s very important to examine the lower limbs as a whole because they are closely connected. Pain in one area can be due to weakness or structural problem in an entirely different area.
Do you know?
Each foot consists of 26 bones, over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Biomechanical assessments treat and aid conditions such as;
• Plantar fasciitis
• Back problems
• Foot deformities
• Podopaediatrics-including toe-walking/hypermobility
• Heel spurs
• Early heel lift
• Limb length discrepencies
• Big toe abnormalities
• Flat feet or high arched foot
• Feet rolling in or out too much.
Sometimes the way you walk is a sign that there is a problem somewhere in your foot/ lower limb i.e; limping sore feet, aching feet are all indicators of an abnormality.
A full assessment checks:
• How you stand
• How you walk
• Range of motion in your joints of the feet and lower limbs
• Test for weakness/tightness in muscles/tendons and ligaments
There are many things your podiatrist can do to help alleviate or correct;
• Exercise prescription
• Offloading devices
• Reducing pain with debridement/removal or corns & callus
We help people keep feet happy and people on their feet as long as possible.
Contact The Complete Chiropractic Centre in Barnstaple
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