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Wimbledon Foot & Ankle clinic

Wimbledon foot and ankle clinic can be found within a 30 second walk from Wimbledon train station.  Wimbledon clinic is a satellite clinic from our main clinic in Earlsfield, SW184HR.  We support our local community around Wandsworth, Merton and South London.  The Foot & Ankle clinic is well situated with convenient transport links London Waterloo.  Advanced diagnostic procedures such as on-site ultrasound, shockwave therapyinjection therapyminor operations and advanced analysis procedures are carried out at our main clinical site in Earlsfield.

Find our more about our clinical locations by clicking here : About us 

We are delighted to announce that the Wimbledon clinic has successfully reopened following the Covid-19 temporary closure. Healthcare remained open throughout lockdown 1, 2 and 3. South West Podiatry remained open for face to face consultations at our main clinical location in Earlsfield. Wimbledon remained open for virtual podiatry consultations throughout 2020. We are based within a multidisciplinary clinic: PhysioSW19

Clinic locations:

Advanced analysis appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead

How to book:

Schedule your consultation online click here:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team: 02071646607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPAVitalityWPACignaAVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s

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How to treat heel pain

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Once one of our Podiatrists have determined the structure in the heel (for example the plantar fascia) which is causing your heel pain they will then look to further analyse the potential causes of damage. This could be due to footwear or over training increasing mileage when running too early for example.

The analysis comes in the form of an advanced analysis, this is where the Podiatrist will assess your walking and or running gait and undertake infra red pressure analysis to look at the pressure distribution through the foot when walking or running.

The results of the advanced analysis will enable the Podiatrist reduce your heel pain as quickly as possible by prescribing an appropriate management plan which may involve the following therapies:

In the next series of blogs we will look into some of the treatment options for heel pain.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead
clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and
Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE. 
Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm
Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health.
A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found
here:  Insurance
and Fee’s
. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council
registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and
continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the
latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We
have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Diagnosing Heel Pain

How to diagnose heel pain

In order for our Podiatrists to assess heel pain we need to first take a detailed history of when and how the heel pain started, along with other questions about the character of pain and the severity of pain to help aid in diagnosing the possible causes of pain.

Diagnostic imaging such as MRI, X-Ray and diagnostic ultrasound will help the Podiatrist in diagnosing and differentiating the causes of your heel pain. At South West Podiatry we have on-site diagnostic ultrasounds to view internal structures of the foot and ankle such as bone, ligament, and tendon.

What is ultrasound used for in Podiatry?

Ultrasound is a safe way and effective way to assess injury to muscle or tendons within your foot and ankle.

How does it work?

We use a probe that emits sound waves into your body, similar to pregnancy ultrasound. Waves of ultrasound are then converted into an image to allow us to see superficial structures within the foot and ankle.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead
clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and
Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE. 
Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm
Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health.
A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found
here:  Insurance
and Fee’s
. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council
registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and
continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the
latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We
have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Plantar Fasciitis.

Heel pain month and exploring Plantar fasciitis

What is plantar Fasciitis?

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot and inserts into the heel. This tissue can be damaged, torn or overloaded with increased activity levels on the foot, or increased body weight. Microdamage and swelling occurs under the heel, leading to increased collagen turnover and scar tissue formation. This causes chronic thickening of the plantar fascia that can easily be identified by scanning the foot with the use of diagnostic ultrasound.

Symptoms.

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel.
  • Pain in the arch of the foot.
  • Pain is worse in the morning.
  • Pain that increases over a period of time.
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How can South West Podiatry help resolve your heel pain?

Our experienced Foot & Ankle team will assess your concern during an initial consultation and provide you with an appropriate management plan that may include:

– On-site diagnostic ultrasound
– X-ray
– MRI
– Orthotics (medical insoles)
– Shockwave Therapy
– Steroid injection therapy
– Online rehabilitation package
– Face to Face or Video consultation

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead
clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and
Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE. 
Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm
Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health.
A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found
here:  Insurance
and Fee’s
. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council
registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and
continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the
latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We
have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics with treadmill examinations.

Read more...

March is the month of heel pain.

Heel pain

#PodsHealHeels

As well as bringing the warmer weather March also brings awareness off heel pain with the campaign #PodsHealHeels educating and advising people who suffer with heel pain on what to do and who to see. Over the next few articles we will be delving into heel pain, its causes and how Podiatrist can help to manage and resolve this common foot condition.

What is heel pain?

Painful heels are a common complaint presented to our Podiatry team at South West Podiatry. The complexity of the condition and the difficulties in identifying the various causes of heel pain can result in prolonged suffering of an individual if a referral into Podiatry is not made early on in the condition.

What Causes heel pain?

There are many conditions that effect the heel, Plantar fasciitis, bursitis, stress fractures, S1 radiculopathy, nerve entrapments and cysts are all conditions around the bottom of your heel which could be causing your pain.

What should I do if I have heel pain?

If you have been suffering with heel pain for more than six weeks then an initial consultation with our experienced podiatry team would be highly recommended. In that consultation we will fully assess your feet and take a full history of your symptoms. Your podiatrist will discuss a specific treatment plan for your condition and organise a unique management plan to reduce your symptoms and improve your condition. We also have a video library of rehabilitation exercises in our patient resource which your podiatrist can discuss with you.

A Gait analysis / Biomechanical examination may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on the plantar fascia or foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

 

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead
clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and
Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE. 
Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm
Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health.
A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found
here:  Insurance
and Fee’s
. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council
registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and
continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the
latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We
have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield
clinics with treadmill examinations.

Over the next month we will provide more information on heel pain and help you fight the war against heel pain #PodsHealHeels.

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What is Advanced Analysis / Gait Analysis ?

Podiatrists identify structural or functional contributions to pain and injury affecting foot, ankle and lower leg. Advanced Analysis / Gait Analysis appointments are available at multiple clinical locations.

We analyse you in a number of ways:

  • We will listen to your concern during the consultation
  • Assess the foot, ankle and lower legs
  • Use Infra-Red pressure testing
  • Video analysis
  • Walking or Running analysis
  • 3D scan or mould of your feet if orthotics are required
  • Diagnostic ultrasound examination*

How can an advanced analysis consultation help you?

The advanced analysis consultation aims to review foot and ankle concerns.  We analyse bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, walking and running injuries.  Some of our clients common conditions include:

An Advanced Analysis may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on the plantar fascia or foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Pain in the heel | Earlsfield | Wimbledon

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Pain in the heel is a common area of discomfort and there are many treatment options available. At this present moment in time our Podiatrists at South West Podiatry are seeing a rise in patients complaining of heel pain during Covid-19. We can offer video consultations or Face to Face consultations at this time.

What is heel pain?

Heel Pain is an umbrella term which refers to pain under the heel bone. There are approximately 40 different conditions that can affect the heel. Therefore, it should be classed as plantar heel pain until an accurate diagnosis is made by a Podiatrist or health professional. 

Sometimes multiple conditions can co-exist. Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain in adults.  The term Plantar Fasciitis is interchangeable and may also be referred to as “heel spurs” or “plantar fasciopathy” 

Other causes of Plantar Heel Pain  
Heel fat pad inflammation, bursitis  
Bony conditions such as a stress fracture 
Nerve entrapments 
Inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis  
Surrounding tendon or muscle abnormalities 
Referred pain from lumbar spine such as Sciatica  
Neoplastic tumors or abnormal growths 
Peripheral neuropathy and diabetes  

What are the symptoms?

  • A sharp stabbing pain under the heel or arch
  • Pain when rising from bed, or after a prolonged period of sitting
  • Pain which is tolerable and warms up with physical activity, but worsens with fatigue and worsens after activity

What is the Cause? 

When the cumulative load in the plantar fascia exceeds what the tissue can tolerate. This is often due to a combination of the following risk factors: 

Intrinsic Risk Factors Extrinsic Risk Factors 
Increased foot pronation (flat feet) Training error (too much too soon)  
Increased foot supination (high arched feet) Inadequate footwear 
Reduced ankle dorsiflexion (stiff ankles)  Working on hard surfaces 
Inefficient big toe function Prolonged standing or walking due to occupation 
Reduced hip stability and gluteal strength Obesity or sudden weight gain 
Reduced foot or calf strength  Age (most common between 40-60) and menopause 
Poor running form or other biomechanical factors Jumping sports 

What treatments are available?

Once a diagnosis is established, a treatment plan can be made. This will ensure the quickest possible recovery and reduce the risk of future injury. Based off the duration and severity of your symptoms, plus your goals and expectations, this will typically involve a combination of the following: 

Research estimates that 90-95% of patients will recover from Plantar Fasciitis with appropriate conservative treatment.  However, while recovery is generally good, it can sometimes take 6-12 months for complete resolution. Surgery may be considered for patients who do not improve with conservative treatment after 12 months. This generally involves horizontal excision of the plantar fascia, and an immobilisation boot or cast is required for 4-8 weeks followed by further rehabilitation.  

What should I do?  

An Advanced Analysis may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on the plantar fascia or foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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How to treat ingrown toenails at home.

South West Podiatry

Ingrown toenails are on the rise due to the disruption and lifestyle change caused by the COVID-19 virus. This is because people are unable to access Podiatry services and there is an increase in activity levels due to the desire to get out and walk. Due to the changes this is causing a spike in complaints being recieved at South West Podiatry about ingrown toenails.

If left untreated the skin around the nail can become inflamed, putting individuals at risk of infection locally and sepsis if the toe is left untreated for a long period of time. This article has been designed to identify the clinical features of an ingrown toenail, what an infected toe looks like and how to treat at home before an appointment can be made with a Podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails, how are they caused?

Ingrown toenails are caused by a number of factors;

  • Poor fitting footwear
  • Inappropriate nail cutting technique
  • Increased activity
  • Toe and nail deformity
  • Trauma

What does ingrown toenails look and feel like?

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  • Redness appears on the skin around the edges of the nail.
  • The end of the toe can become swollen and hot.
  • There is pain at the sides of the nail which is acute when pressure is put upon it.
  • Fluid/Pus can appear at the sides of the nail.
  • Extra skin is produced at the side of the nail that can bleed when trauma occurs to the area.
  • The toe can start to smell usually when infection is present.

How do I treat an ingrown toenail at home?

  • Keep the toe clean and bathe the toe in a warm salt water foot bath for 5-10 minutes once or twice a day.
  • A clean cotton wool bud can be used to wipe away fluid and or puss before a salt water foot bath.
  • If the skin around the nail is intact then gentle massage pushing the skin down and away from the nail can help reduce pain.
  • Apply an anti septic cream or spray to the toe to try and reduce the risk of infection occurring.
  • Keep the area covered with a sterile and breathable dressing

What happens if the pain does not go away?

If you are experiencing pain due to an ingrown toenail and the tips above have not helped to resolve the ingrown toenail then it is always best to consult with a Podiatrist as soon as possible. Due to the current climate Podiatrist are key workers and are still able to treat patients with acute conditions, ingrown toenails being one of them. At South West Podiatry we offer Virtual Video Consultations for patients who are unsure if their condition is urgent enough to be seen.

All our Podiatrists follow the guidance set out by Health England, College of Podiatry and the HCPC in treating patients that are at risk. All of our staff will be wearing full PPE when treating patients and will reduce patient to patient contact by allowing time in between appointments for patient to enter and leave with out breaking social distancing rules.

Book online today to schedule a consultation:

Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team by calling: 02071646607

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Podiatry Video Consultation – ONLINE – Book Today

Online Podiatry Video Consultation information:

The use of technology is key for our organisation to provide excellent patient care. South West Podiatry use an innovative video consultation platform that brings a specialist to your hands, in the comfort of your own home.

Our technology:

South West Podiatry use the latest video conferencing technology to ensure that we can help you resolve Foot and Ankle pain, around your schedule.  A simple online booking platform is available 24/7 which enables you to schedule your Online Podiatry Video Consultation. A clinical consultation letter is sent to you via email and post detailing your consultation, assessment and treatment plan.

Our partners:

We bring accessible healthcare to you, offering availability around your schedule. We accept self-paying clients and many Private Medical Insurance companies.

How can an Online Video Consultation help you?

  • Affordable and accessible Foot and Ankle specialist consultation in your hands
  • Online booking service available 24/7
  • Saving you travel time
  • Working around your schedule
  • Provide a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs
  • Refer and triage you to health professionals such as Physiotherapists / Orthopaedic surgeons / Rheumatologists / Podiatric Surgery
  • Refer you for appropriate investigations such as x-ray, ultrasound and MRI
  • Ingrown toe nail screening; Advice, Treatment and Surgical planning
  • Offer advice and guidance
  • Latest video conferencing technology
  • Review your home exercise program and discuss exercise progression
  • Monitor your progress, symptoms and management plan

Insurance and Consultation fees:

  • Self-Paying clients are invoiced £64 for each video consultation.  Our accounts team will send you an invoice via email and post following your video consultation.  Invoices are to be paid via BACS / online bank transfer using your name as a reference
  • Private medical insurance companies will be invoiced directly.  Please provide your membership number and authorisation code
  • Please click HERE for further information regarding private medial insurance and consultation fees

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Online Podiatry Video Consultation

Online Podiatry Video Consultation information:

The use of technology is key for our organisation to provide excellent patient care. South West Podiatry use an innovative video consultation platform that brings a specialist to your hands, in the comfort of your own home.

Our technology:

South West Podiatry use the latest video conferencing technology to ensure that we can help you resolve Foot and Ankle pain, around your schedule.  A simple online booking platform is available 24/7 which enables you to schedule your Online Podiatry Video Consultation. A clinical consultation letter is sent to you via email and post detailing your consultation, assessment and treatment plan.

Our partners:

We bring accessible healthcare to you, offering availability around your schedule. We accept self-paying clients and many Private Medical Insurance companies.

How can an Online Video Consultation help you?

  • Affordable and accessible Foot and Ankle specialist consultation in your hands
  • Online booking service available 24/7
  • Saving you travel time
  • Working around your schedule
  • Provide a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs
  • Refer and triage you to health professionals such as Physiotherapists / Orthopaedic surgeons / Rheumatologists / Podiatric Surgery
  • Refer you for appropriate investigations such as x-ray, ultrasound and MRI
  • Ingrown toe nail screening; Advice, Treatment and Surgical planning
  • Offer advice and guidance
  • Latest video conferencing technology
  • Review your home exercise program and discuss exercise progression
  • Monitor your progress, symptoms and management plan

Insurance and Consultation fees:

  • Self-Paying clients are invoiced £64 for each video consultation.  Our accounts team will send you an invoice via email and post following your video consultation.  Invoices are to be paid via BACS / online bank transfer using your name as a reference
  • Private medical insurance companies will be invoiced directly.  Please provide your membership number and authorisation code
  • Please click HERE for further information regarding private medial insurance and consultation fees

An Advanced Analysis may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on the plantar fascia or foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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