Podiatry focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and management of lower limb health problems.

Podiatrists diagnose and manage numerous problems including gait disorders in children, adults, elderly and other specialist groups; sports injuries, foot and ankle pathologies and other painful conditions using therapies such as foot orthoses, ankle-foot orthoses, exercises and gait re-training.

Conditions treated

  • Foot and ankle pain and problems in general
  • Flat feet / over-pronation
  • High-arched feet
  • Children’s foot problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Running Injuries
  • Gait and biomechanical problems
  • Toe abnormalities
  • Pain at the front of the foot
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis / heel pain
  • Collapsed arches
  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • Rheumatoid foot problems
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Tibialis Posterior dysfunction / adult acquired flatfoot
  • Post-op rehab after foot / ankle surgery


Treatments available

  • Gait re-training
  • Foot orthoses
  • Ankle-foot orthoses
  • Ankle braces
  • Exercise programmes
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Video gait analysis
  • Foot pressure analysis
  • Running technique re-training
  • Taping
  • Footwear assessment & advice
  • Help and advice on how to manage your condition
  • Nail surgery:     Podiatrists are qualified local anaesthetists and perform toenail surgery for the permanent removal of part, or, all of the nail.  As this is done under local anaesthetic (like a dental injection), no hospital admission is required, allowing you to get up on your feet again more quickly.


Specialist care

Podiatrists are independent clinicians and specialists within their field, however they are also part of a wider healthcare team both within The Broad Street Practice and together with other medical disciplines.  Should your condition need further investigation or treatments available from another clinician, such as Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Massage Therapy etc we will inform you of this and make appropriate recommendations or referrals.

Going to see a Podiatrist

Please contact reception to make an appointment.  When attending for the first appointment, it is important that you bring along some shorts or short trousers so that the Podiatrist can properly assess your lower limbs; a selection of shoes you would normally wear; any orthoses or braces you have previously been provided with and details of any previous or current medical treatment.

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Private medical insurance

If you intend to use your medical insurance, it is very important to check with the insurer the level of cover provided, as it can vary widely.  A number of insurers will cover your appointments, but very few will pay for foot orthoses and other appliances.  Some insurers also require a referral from a GP or Consultant before cover is provided.

Insurance companies will be billed by Walkrite (provider of our Podiatry service) directly.  Any queries relating to insurance invoicing and payments must therefore be directed to info@walkrite.co.uk or 01733 559161.


Our Podiatrist

Nicola Blower BSc(Hons) ,MCPod, MFPM RCPS (Glasg), MSSF – MSK Specialist Podiatrist

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In order to become a Podiatrist, it is necessary to complete a 3 or 4 year BSc(Hons) Degree in Podiatry and the profession is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC).  You can check a Podiatrist’s registration by visiting www.hcpc-uk.org.

To find out more about our Podiatry service, please visit www.walkrite.co.uk or to find out more about Podiatry please visit The College of Podiatry at www.cop.org.uk.

You are welcome to contact to Nicola directly – nicola@walkrite.co.uk  / 07977 469861