Whether you are a regular patient or visiting the clinic for the first time, you may have questions.  Here are some of the things we get asked most often.  If you have a question which isn't covered, please contact us using the form below.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between podiatry and chiropody?

In simple terms they are the same thing. Podiatry is just a more modern word for Chiropody. However, all podiatrists can do chiropody but not all chiropodists can do podiatry. In 1993, the word Podiatrist was introduced when the training requirements changed from a diploma to a degree. The medical training became more comprehensive and rigourous to include local anaesthetics, nail surgery and biomechanics (the study and treatment of injuries sustained through gait). So anyone qualified as podiatrist is more of a specialist on the foot and lower limb.

I've got a heath plan, can I claim the costs?

Yes you can. Most health plans cover podiatry - lots of them still call it chiropody. The condition is that you are treated by a fully qualified and registered practitioner. Podiatrists have to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC ). Alan's registration number is CH323273. We will prodivde you with an invoice with all the information yuo need to make a claim.

I am diabetic, so I want to be sure that you are fully qualified.

Foot health is exttremely important for people with Diabetes. Our podiatrist Alan Coulthurst is fully qualified to give diabetic footh health advice and care. We are fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you can be confident that you will be receiving the best care possible.