Foot and Leg Problems

Richard Pannell offers a complete foot care service from simple corn and hard skin removal, ingrown toenails , fungal infections, to the more complex bio-mechanical problems and general foot health advice. All treatments are provided to the highest standard by Richard, who is a BSc qualified and fully HPC & state registered practitioner. The key principle that the practice believes in, is that the only way to offer long term relief is to deal with the cause and not just the effect.

Richard Pannell is a Registered Chiropodist and
offers treatment for the following ailments. Richard
also offers advice for healthier feet and getting the
correct footware.

  • Treatment of painful nails and skin
  • Nail Surgery – with complete after care
  • Fungal nail sample and test, treatment and management
  • Removal of corns, Bunions, Verruca or a callous
  • Taping and strapping for support & relief from sprains & strains
  • Plantar Faciitis and heel pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Flat Feet , Arch Pain, Ageing Feet , Gout , Chilbains , Osteoarthritis
  • Sweaty Feet (Hyperhidrosis) & Athletes foot
  • Achilese Tendonitis
  • Runners Knee and Knee pain
  • Foot posture assessment and in shoe support
  • Foot health and foot wear advice
  • High risk and Diabetic foot health assessment

Richard Pannell, Registered Chiropodist Plymouth

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    Nature produced a magnificent architectural and functional design in the foot; a unique, intricate and mechanically complex structure made up of 26 major bones and associated joints. It is intended to work efficiently under excessive loads and demands, often in extreme conditions imposed on it by footwear and the environment in which it has to work. Impressive though it is, this complex structure's efficiency depends heavily on the way in which those bones and joints move in relation to each other and having its correct functional angles and joint movements maintained. In walking or running, the foot needs to be flexible enough to absorb the shock of hitting the ground thousands of times a day. It's got to be firm enough not to collapse as the body's weight moves over it with each step. No wonder that often things start to go wrong with foot function, and pain or disability results.

    The painful foot problems that may result from inefficient function include corns and callus, painful toenails, pain in the ball of the foot, in the arch, the ankle, or in the heel. For many people who suffer painful foot problems, the often but less obvious fact is that inefficient foot function has an influence on other parts of the body.

    A small structural or functional imbalance in the foot may often cause no foot pain at all. It may however have an effect that may cause problems in the ankles, knees, hips, back, neck and even the jaw. Effectively that includes all parts of the body that are connected to the feet by the skeleton. That effect may show as pain, instability, restricted movement, or in some cases just fatigue.

    Usually it's not until heavy or unusual demands are made on the feet by work, sport, injury, or simply by the passage of time, that potential weaknesses are revealed. Podiatric bio-mechanics comprises a range of effective interventions to restore, maintain and improve foot function and gait, including strapping techniques, joint manipulation, gait analysis techniques and systems and in-shoe devices such as orthoses.

Podiatric bio-mechanics is very technical and requires high skill to deal with problems of standing, walking and running. It is the use of this skill in performing a bio-mechanical examination that enables the chiropodist Plymouth to identify and treat functional faults.

A bio-mechanical examination involves taking a series of measurements of the feet and legs with the patient standing and lying down and may include checking joint movements and assessing muscle strength and flexibility. Bio-mechanical examination will often include watching the patient walk to assess the way in which the foot works.

The results of a bio-mechanical examination enable the chiropodist to assess the relative positions of the feet and legs and the amount of excessive motion occurring. Once that is established, the chiropodist will be able to decide which treatment can help the feet to function more efficiently.

The most common treatment for bio-mechanical problems is the use of special shoe inserts known as orthoses, or more commonly, orthotics. They assist the feet to function more efficiently. They do this by controlling joint movement, and by altering some joint angles to prevent excessive motion.

Many look like arch supports, but they are not intended to support the arch. Orthotics are angled individually to control the heel and forefoot, and prevent excessive motion. The natural arch in the foot will in most case become more apparent whilst the orthotics are worn. There are many different types of orthotics and the type that is used depends on the activity in which the patient is involved, the shoes they want to wear, and the underlying foot problem.

While leg pain is a common occurrence after an injury, there are many non-traumatic causes of leg pain. Pain in the legs can be present because of conditions that affect bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and skin. Most often, inflammation of tissues is the end result, and that inflammation is the source of pain. In some cases back ailments may also present with leg pain which can sometimes result in complex problems.

Trauma is the most obvious cause of leg pain. Falls, near falls, and twisting injuries can damage bones, muscles, and joints or a combination of all three. Pain from an injury to the back can inflame the Sciatic Nerve and cause sciatica, or pain that radiates down the leg. Overuse injuries also can cause pain and may be thought of as multiple minor traumatic injuries.

It is because feet are soft and supple in their early years, children can develop foot problems. Certain foot problems in children are inherited while others occur in response to injury, improper footwear, illness or deformity. Some problems are quite visible at birth while others may not be obvious until a child has started to walk. Many of the problems with children's feet that occur, will naturally go away as the foot develops. Some conditions will only go away if they are found and treated early on, it is the early diagnosis that is so important for healthy foot growth in your child, which is why a visit to a chiropodist Plymouth is so important in those early years of development. Below is a list of Some problems that can be diagnosed and treated by a registered chiropodist Plymouth

  • Flatfeet
  • In Toeing and Out-toeing
  • In Growing Toe Nails
  • Toe Walking
  • and many more