Chiropody & Podiatry
The feet are very complex structures, each one consisting of 26 bones supported by a network of muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. They endure an incredible amount of stress and strain every day, and are responsible for holding the joints of the legs and spine (and consequently the entire body) in correct alignment.
Therefore, if the feet are not healthy, the whole body is likely to suffer. Foot problems not only cause local pain or discomfort, but can also alter the way we walk and stand, leading to all sorts of other problems, such as leg cramps, knee pain, poor posture and backache. Seventy five percent of Irish people will experience foot problems at some time in their lives, but the vast majority of these can be effectively prevented or treated by Chiropody & Podiatry.
Most people are familiar with the term ‘chiropody’ which refers to professional foot care and the treatment of medical and structural problems affecting the feet. The term ‘podiatry’ is more commonly used in other English-speaking countries including the USA, and is now increasingly being used in Ireland.
Podiatry is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the feet and legs. This includes basic foot care such as the routine trimming of toenails and the removal of corns and calluses, as well as treatment for more serious conditions such as diabetic foot problems, nail infections, heal spurs, pain, inflammation, injury, and arthritic or structural abnormalities of the ankle, foot, arch or toes. Podiatrists can provide medical treatments, physical therapy devices and orthotics, and surgical procedures for conditions such as ingrown toenails and verrucae.
Podiatric medicine is not only suitable for adults with acquired foot problems, but also for children with inherited abnormalities or simply to ensure healthy feet and correct foot and ankle alignment at any age.
Enquires and appointments at the Lismore Foot Clinic, Lismore, Co. Waterford, can be made by contacting Robert Sullivan at his main clinic in Midleton, Co. Cork, on 021 4621044.
Robert Sullivan BSc (Hons), Dip.Pod.Med., FIChPA.
Tel: 021 4621044
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Deirdre O’Flynn BSc(Podiatry), M.Inst.Ch.P, CIBTAC
Tel: 021 4621044
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