Chiropody & Podiatry Service Resumes at the Lismore Clinic

September 27th, 2019 - Uncategorized

ChiropodyWe are delighted to announce that chiropody & podiatry services at the Lismore Clinic will resume from Monday 19thAugust. This service will be provided on a regular basis by Robert O’Sullivan, and his highly qualified and experienced team from the Midleton Foot Clinic.

Podiatry is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the feet and legs. Many people are aware of the basic foot care procedures offered by chiropodists and podiatrists, such as the routine trimming of toenails and the removal of corns and calluses. However many podiatrists are also qualified to provide medical treatments, physical therapy devices and orthotics, and to perform surgical procedures for conditions such as ingrown toenails and verrucae. The type of problems Robert and his team deal with on a regular basis include diabetic foot problems, nail infections, heal spurs, pain, inflammation, injury, and arthritic or structural abnormalities of the ankle, foot, arch or toes.

Our 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.

Considering that our feet are our foundation, many people take very little care of them. Our feet spend the winter cooped up in wooly socks and boots, and the summer in crippling high heals or unsupportive flip-flops. Many people experience dry, hard or cracked skin, chilblains, fungal infections, and painful joints. In fact, 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 and podiatry.

 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.  Since the average pair is likely to carry the body the equivalent of four or five times round the earth in a lifetime, maybe it’s time to give our feet the care and attention they deserve!