A little bit about me and why I chose Podiatry as a profession.
Podiatry is one of the oldest medical professions. I always wanted to do something medical but didn’t really like many of the medical careers presented to me, such as nursing.
I graduated from the University of East London in 2016 with a 2-1 degree. I really enjoyed my time studying in London and going into all the different trusts and hospitals. It was a challenge and really pushed me to excel in my studies. I am now studying towards my Master’s Degree.
My first experience within Podiatry was with the NHS as a foot care assistant. I really liked working with people and helping them so decided to advance my skills and go on for the degree. After the degree, I spent a further year within the NHS.
The question I get asked the most is the difference between Chiropodists and Podiatrists. The titles are protected in law, and only those who are registered can use the title. Podiatrist is the title known internationally for the work we do, however, when it changed from Chiropody, the study became degree level and incorporated local anaesthetics, prescription rights along with gait analysis and custom orthotics. Many in the profession make the definition of Chiropodist being a practitioner who would deal with corns, callus and toenails and a Podiatrist is often seen as a practitioner who deals with all these plus the additional skills such as anaesthetics.
I took on Wickham Clinic caseload in 2018 when the Chiropodist retired. I started Southsea Podiatry towards the end of 2019. I really enjoy helping people get out of pain; there is no greater joy than to give that relief to someone.
I live in Portsmouth, and I previously lived here before my degree. I have a daughter who attends St Edmunds Catholic school. We have a dog and a cat.
Treatments available include nail cutting, reduction of hard skin, extraction of corns, conservative treatment for ingrowing nails. Advanced therapies include Nail surgery, gait analysis, custom prescription orthotics, prescription medications, verruca needling.
Nail surgery and verruca needling require the use of local anaesthetics.
Nail surgery is used to extract part or whole of the nail and then an acid is used so that it does not grow again.
Verruca needling is impregnating the verruca so that the immune system picks it up and kills the virus which causes the verruca.