Our Process

Our aim at The Foot Clinic is to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan to resolve your problem and allow you to return to normal activity as quickly and as easily as possible. In order to achieve this we take a structured approach to your assessment and review.

1.New Patient Assessment

At your first consultation, a history of your problem, medical history and personal circumstances will be taken. A detailed examination of your feet and legs will be made to determine the nature of your problem and possible contributing factors. This will also include assessment of your shoe style and fit if needed.

This information is used to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. The condition and treatment options will be explained in detail and any investigations required to help with diagnosis discussed. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and the implications and complications of any potential treatments will be discussed and appropriate information provided.

Where necessary a referral to another specialist and a suitable review period will be recommended.

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The foot is a uniquely complex structure and some problems can be quite difficult to diagnose as there may be more than one possible cause. Where necessary, appropriate investigations will be requested which include x-rays, bone scans, ultrasound scans, blood tests, and nerve and circulation studies.

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3.Conservative Treatment

The majority of foot problems can be managed conservatively and a range of treatment options are available. We avoid invasive procedures whenever possible. Our treatments have been noted as ‘extremely gentle’ by several patients.

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4.Follow Up

A follow up appointment is often necessary to assess your progress or the results of any investigations or treatments. Some patients require more than one follow up appointment but this will be discussed and will depend upon the nature of your condition and treatment plan.

Patients requiring surgery will undergo a preoperative examination, including the detailed medical history questionnaire to assess their suitability for surgery.

The nature of the surgery will be discussed and the appropriate informed consent obtained. There is always ample time for any questions you may have.

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The majority of foot procedures can be performed under local anaesthetic. This will be discussed with you prior to any operation.

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The majority of foot surgery can be performed on a day care basis. This means that you will be allowed to go home once you have recovered adequately from your procedure. However, you will require appropriate home support as you will need to rest your foot following the procedure. The length of time required will vary depending on the procedure.

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7.Post-operative Review

Generally, most patients are reviewed within one week post operatively to ensure healing is progressing as planned. A further review is undertaken at six to eight weeks postoperatively to ensure you are progressing appropriately with a final review at six months. However, further reviews are undertaken should you be having any difficulty or require further advice.

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