Our in-house podiatrist, Agnes Osei, can help diagnose and treat common foot problems. Even if your feet are in good condition, we recommend having at least one session with our podiatrist as a precautionary health check. Given how much wear-and-tear we put our feet through, a foot MOT is a small price to pay to ensure we stay pain-free.
Agnes can advise on and treat a range of foot health conditions, including:
- toenail problems, such as thickened toenails, fungal nail infections or ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
- athlete's foot
- foot odour
- dry and cracked heels
- flat feet
- heel pain
- ageing feet
- sports injuries
We offer electronic gait analysis at our Shelford clinic. Gait analysis is the assessment of the way you walk. Why is this important? Some people may have chronic pain in their feet or slight anomalies in their foot physiology, whether from an old injury or simply from birth, for example. Over the years, they have made adjustments to how they walk to minimise the pain in their feet or because it "feels more natural". However, these adjustments can throw the body out of alignment - the legs, the hips, the spine - and can cause pain in those parts of the body and elsewhere.
If you're experiencing aches and pain throughout your body, it could actually be due to your feet!
Our gait analysis is achieved via observation and clinical assessment as well as using pressure-plate analysis. This innovative technology identifies abnormal foot pressures and movements during the footstep that are not visible to the naked eye.
Following a gait analysis session, we may recommend you have custom orthotics made. Orthotics are a medical device that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run.
When pain is caused by your feet, subtle changes in how you walk cause distortions in your posture and walking mechanics. These distortions can put further stress on your joints and muscle tissues elsewhere in your body, causing more debilitating pain.
Orthotics, along with rehabilitative exercises, can minimise these stresses and abnormal gait patterns and correct the cause of chronic pain, not just the symptoms.
Conditions that can benefit from gait analysis and an orthotic prescription include: ·
- Pain when walking or running·
- High risk pressure areas under foot·
- Specialist populations (patients with diabetes, bursitis/arthritis, athletes/runners, children)·
- Foot, ankle, knee or hip pain·
- Balance issues and bad posture·
- Flat feet, high arches or plantar fasciitis·
- Sore feet from standing all day
A non invasive complementary therapy, reflexology produces positive effects from the healing benefits of touch and relaxation. It should not be an alternative to seeking and using medicinal advice and treatments.
The theory of reflexology is that all the systems and organs of the whole body are mirrored or reflected in smaller peripheral areas, for example the feet and hands, face, ears - to help the body restore balance naturally.Reflexology very much works on an individual basis, the reflexologist provides facilitation of your body’s own potential for well-being.
Reflexology is applied with the thumbs, fingers, knuckles with varying compression pressures to the zones and points of the feet or hands to stimulate the entire body’s systems. This aims to gain a homeostatic balance, improving health through the nervous system and other systemic function such as Endocrine, Lymphatic, Vascular, Respiratory, Immune, Digestive, Excretory.
However reflexology is viewed, there can be no doubt that what it does provide is a period of time for relaxation where the client has one to one attention and supportive touch in an empathetic listening environment. Reflexology can be used safely alongside standard healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
Reflexology may help:
- Promote deep relaxation and wellbeing, serenity and calmness
- Improve sleep
- Reduces stress and improve mood
- Improve circulation
- Improve pain coping
- Increase energy levels and reduce fatigue
Our resident Podiatrist, Agnes Osei is a Member of Association of Reflexologist, qualified with ABC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology in 2009. She has been providing Reflexology since then to people who wanted relaxation from stress, pain with her clients reporting a general positive outlook in their lifestyle and general wellbeing.
Agnes is passionate about consulting and managing illnesses and conditions with a holistic approach and aims to encourage others to do the same in understanding and managing them effectively.