When it comes to finding the right person to care for your relative, it is important to follow the key points below.
Which profession: If the problem is in relation to anything with the feet, you should see a podiatrist. Don't worry this is just the modern term for Chiropody, with a wider range of treatments.
Which credentials: Your podiatrist should have completed a degree. This is often written as BSc (hons) on their name, with the title Podiatrist. This is a protected title, so you know they have completed all the required 3-4 years of university level training.
Checking for registration: You need to know that your podiatrist is registered with a regulated health body. In the UK it is required for all practising podiatrists to be HCPC registered. You can check if your practitioner is by visiting their website and typing in the surname. Home visit or clinic: Depending on your preference you can attend a physical clinic or have the podiatrist come to your house. At Newcastle Podiatry we provide a home visit service regardless of whether you are housebound or not.
Care home: If your relative is in a care home, finding a mobile podiatrist will make life much easier, avoiding multiple journeys.
Reputation: It is important to check websites such as google reviews or Facebook to get an understanding of your podiatrists reputation and response from other customers.
Community and education: Does your podiatrist actively promote foot health within your community? We provide a large catalogue of videos on interesting podiatry topics via our Facebook page.
If you want to know more about podiatry and how we can help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.