So, you’ve developed a foot problem and you know that a Podiatrist is likely to be able to help, but how much is it going to cost? With the ever-rising costs of living, many of us want to keep a closer eye on our bank balance, so how much can you expect to spend when you visit a Podiatrist?
Not surprisingly, the answer is…it depends. We are all individuals and foot problems vary hugely from person to person. Many of us at some point in our lifetime will have some kind of foot pain or condition that we are unable to tackle ourselves. Likewise, charges vary from practice to practice and to some degree, from one part of the country to another.
When you attend a Podiatry appointment for the first time, your practitioner will want to spend time carrying out a thorough assessment. Not only will your presenting complaint be addressed, but your Podiatrist will want to carry out checks that will look at the overall health of your lower limb and may identify underlying problems that you were unaware of, such as poor circulation, loss of feeling and even heart conditions. This all takes time and is important not to overlook. You may be advised to return for further investigations, such as a biomechanical examination (analysis of how the mechanics of the lower limb might be influencing symptoms) if more detail is needed to allow your Podiatrist to reach a diagnosis.
Once you and your Podiatrist have agreed on a diagnosis and appropriate treatment, it’s likely that this will get underway at your initial visit. Afterall, we want you to feel better as soon as possible! However, depending on the extent of the treatment required, you may be asked to return to continue with this.
During your initial visit, your treatment plan will be discussed with you and this will help to clarify what treatment is likely to be required, how often and what cost is likely to be involved. Some conditions we treat have a relatively short and redictable duration, such as nail surgery to correct an ingrowing toenail, whilst other treatment plans are likely to be ongoing if you need help with nail cutting or hard skin removal every 6 to 8 weeks.
If this is the case, you may be referred to a Foot Health Practitioner to continue with your care. These clinicians are qualified to deal with nail care and the management of corns and callus. This appointment type is generally less expensive than a Podiatry appointment. Not all Podiatry practices have foot health practitioners however.
At Rushden Podiatry, we strive to give a high standard of care at all times, whilst offering the latest technology to ensure that you receive the best outcomes from your treatment. Our staff are highly trained and receive ongoing education to ensure their knowledge is kept up to date and their skills developed to allow us to offer a wider scope of treatments (for example, steroid injections). The environment and facilities are of equal importance, ensuring that high standards of hygiene and sterilisation are maintained in accordance with the Royal College of Podiatry minimum standards.
There are a number of factors that govern the prices we charge our patients. We believe strongly in quality care and our prices reflect that. The most important consideration is that you feel you are getting good value for money. If not, we’d like to know about it!
The Rushden Podiatry Community Fund
We do understand that for some, the cost of Podiatry may not be affordable and unfortunately, NHS treatment is only available for those with certain health conditions. If you have a foot condition and are claiming benefits, you may be eligible for financial assistance from our community fund. Please contact us for further details about this.