Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and further information about common foot problems and treatments. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.
What are the opening hours at Stockport Chiropody Clinic LLp

We are open 6days a week. Mon –Tues-Weds-Thurs- Fri 9am till 5pm and Sat 8.30am till 3pm.Consultation and appointments are done through self-referral.  Our receptionist are available from 9am for all your appointment enquiries, including private medical insurance claims.

How do I know that the Chiropodist/Podiatrist properly qualified?

To carry out chiropody/podiatry treatments and use the names/terms all practitioners/clinicians have to be legally registered by the HCPC. This governing body protects both the patient and the health professional. Members are usually also registered with ‘Society of Chiropodist/Podiatrists, or ‘The Institute of Chiropodists/Podiatrists’. We assure you all our Chiropodists/Podiatrists are fully qualified, we can all we found on the HCPC website. It is a criminal offence to use the term ‘HCPC registered Chiropodist/ Podiatrist’In 1993 – Osteopaths became the first complementary health care professionals to achieve recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths’.

Is Chiropody/Podiatry treatment painful?

The treatments are structured for the needs of individual patients.  Whilst on occasions it maybe necessary to remove a corn or sort out an ingrowing nail, this may produce mild to moderate discomfort for a very short period. However usually patients come to the clinic “in pain” and our job is to rectify the problems. Most patients describe post treatment “like walking on air”. But rarely like the dentist, if invasive treatment is carried out an area may be tender for a few days.

Do we treat diabetic feet/patients?

Yes we do, we are all fully qualified HCPC registered Chiropodists/Podiatrists and can can treat everyone including those patients who are diabetic, we also offer a diabetic foot check/assessment. We do not unfortunately offer an ulcer clinic for those suffering from chronic foot/leg ulcers, we can offer them thorough routine treatments, but foot ulcers need to be seen within the N.H.S.

Will my medical insurance pay for the treatment?

Most medical insurance policies do pay out for Chiropody/Podiatry treatments. Including routine treatments, orthotics and any products purchased. But we do ask you to check with your insurance company before booking an appointment. Please tell the receptionist that you will be claiming through medical insurance when booking an appointment. For example the most common insurance used is ‘Simply Health’ previously name ‘Health Sure’ or ‘Hospital saturday Fund’

How do I pay for my treatment?

After seeing the Chiropodist/podiatrist you will be asked to make another appointment if necessary and to make a payment. Most patients use pay by debit/credit card, or pay by cash, unfortunately we no longer accept payment by cheques as banks get grumpy, we also have treatment gift vouchers available.

Who can benefit from Chiropody/Podiatry treatment

All ages can benefit from routine chiropody/podiatry treatment provided there is something to treat. Generally children don’t need routine treatment, we will happily see a child but children under the age of 16 should be referred to paediatric podiatry or doctors. Most of our patients vary in age, generally from early 20’s to mid 90’s.

What sort of conditions can a the Chiropodist/Podiatrist carry out?

A chiropodist/Podiatrist is a lower limb specialist, but at Stockport Chiropody Clinic LLp, routine treatments are the main appointments made, we can also treat general foot pain, Orthotics/insoles, Nail surgery, diabetic foot screening, and general foot related advice.

What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

The most simplistic answer is nothing/none they are both the same do the same treatments/consultations etc, the name Chiropody is an older term and the name Podiatry is the new term.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required depends on the individual, how long the patient has had the problem, is the foot complaint chronic, longstanding, how is the the general health of the patient and whether there are any underlying problems which may slow down improvement. These will be discussed by Chiropodist/Podiatrist throughout the course of your treatment. Most patients usually need repeat or routine treatment, average visits vary, but in general terms most patients visit the clinic every 6-12 weeks.