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What are chiropodist home visits for elderly?

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Alistair Clay Author

Author 26.02.2024

Alistair Clay

If your loved one is housebound, did you know you can get chiropodist home visits for elderly people?

Chiropody home appointments make getting care more accessible for those who are unable to visit a clinic.

Meaning that they can get treatment for troublesome or painful foot conditions without the hassle of leaving home.

This article will cover the basics of chiropodist home visits for the elderly and how they could help your loved one.

Here’s a summary of what we’ll cover:

  • A chiropodist home visit can help your elderly loved one if they struggle to go to a clinic. 
  • All the necessary assessments can be made from the comfort of their own home, so they can feel safe and cared for.
  • Chiropody is available through the NHS, but free treatment can depend on your level of need and local availability. 
  • You can find a private chiropody appointment by searching a directory or researching local options.
What are chiropodist home visits for elderly

What is a chiropodist?

A chiropodist is a foot specialist who examines all foot-related diseases, conditions and abnormalities.

They are specially trained in the practice of chiropody to help patients manage and treat foot conditions that can greatly impact daily life. 

Chiropodists may also be referred to as podiatrists, from podiatry, which is just a different name for the foot-health practice they deliver. 

Chiropodists don’t hold medical licences, but they undergo extensive training in their field, and are highly skilled.

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What else can they do?

A chiropodist may examine other areas such as the knees and legs if they are impacting a foot condition. 

Foot problems can affect other parts of the body and may be a warning sign of a developing condition. 

So you may be asked about any pain being experienced in the lower leg or elsewhere in the body when assessing.

Bear in mind that a chiropodist can’t diagnose unrelated medical conditions, they would redirect you to your GP.

Who should see a chiropodist?

If you have a condition that affects your feet, causing pain or discomfort, you may benefit from seeing a chiropodist.

This includes

  • Toenail issues eg.ingrown toenail
  • Heel pain
  • Corns, calluses and bunions
  • Verrucas and fungal infections removal
  • Flat feet or high arches

You might be referred by your GP to a chiropody clinic to get further examination and treatment. 

But you can also contact one independently if you are experiencing issues with your feet.

What are chiropodist home visits

What are chiropodist home visits?

Many chiropodists have a clinic where people attend appointments, but they can also provide home visits. 

This is a great option for those with restricted mobility or who cannot easily leave the house for an appointment.

Chiropodist home visits for the elderly are an efficient and effective way to get treatment for a number of conditions. 

These adapted appointments provide great relief to elderly people who are struggling with pain that is perhaps limiting their independence.

How to set up a chiropodist home visit for the elderly

How to set up a chiropodist home visit for the elderly

If you want a home visit, you will first need to contact your healthcare provider to book an appointment or get a referral.

You can also book directly through a chiropody clinic as a private client. 

From here, you will be asked about any issues regarding the feet, so they can understand what support you need.

It’s unlikely you’ll need to do anything to prepare, so pop it in the calendar and wait for your chiropodist home visit. 

What will happen at a home visit?

If it’s your first time seeing a chiropodist, you will have a full foot assessment and be asked about your medical history.

This will take place in a convenient and comfortable home setting, using sterile equipment and gloves. 

The chiropodist will carry out the usual examinations of your foot condition, asking questions and taking notes.

You’ll receive treatment and support for any immediate issues and get advice about foot health going forwards.

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What can be treated during chiropodist home visits for elderly?

Chiropodists can generally treat any foot condition, though you may be referred to a doctor if the condition needs medical support. 

During your assessment, they’ll establish your individual needs so that they can provide the best treatment.

Common foot conditions like athlete’s foot or corns can be diagnosed and then treated with a prescription ointment. 

However, treatment can vary depending on the severity and nature of certain conditions.

How much do chiropodist home visits for elderly cost?

If you pay for your chiropody needs, you can expect to be paying between £40 and £60 for a home visit appointment. 

This is more expensive than fees for in-clinic appointments, as the chiropodist must account for time and travel for their mobile service. 

Prices can also vary between practices, so if you can, shopping around to find the best affordable service is advised. 

Even though you may be paying more, going private means you can get seen faster than waiting for an NHS appointment.

What can be treated during chiropodist home visits for elderly

Who is entitled to free chiropody?

Free chiropody may be available to you if you have a foot condition that limits your ability to walk or move around.

Those with diabetes are often priority patients for free chiropody due to the risk to the feet that diabetes causes. 

If your NHS doctor refers you to a chiropodist, you may be able to get free treatment this way, though there may be long waits for non-priority cases.

There also may be an assessment criteria to see if you qualify for free treatment which can depend on your foot condition. 

How to find a chiropodist

You can find a qualified chiropodist or podiatrist on the NHS website or through the Royal College of Podiatry.  

If you decide to go private and find a chiropodist online, ensure they are HCPC registered.

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Common foot problems in older people

Certain foot conditions that affect the elderly can impact their quality if they don’t get specialist treatment.

Conditions such as diabetes can cause swollen ankles and blisters, which can lead to infections if not managed.

Other foot problems such as neuroma and fungal toe infections can occur if your feet are neglected from being checked. 

By seeing a chiropodist you can gain more clarity, and get further advice on a range of conditions.

Diabetic foot conditions

If you’re an elderly person with diabetes, it’s important to be aware of diabetic foot conditions. 

These can range from Charcot foot and diabetic neuropathy, which can occur from high blood sugar levels.

Having regular visits from a chiropodist means that they can look out for signs like skin discoloration and sores.

A chiropodist will be able to recommend appropriate footwear like diabetic shoes to help you cope with your condition.

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What are the impacts of a foot condition?

A foot condition or illness can lead to further health problems which can impact your way of life.

You could have reduced mobility which can prevent you from walking if your condition becomes serious. 

Other complications such as weak blood flow could lead to heart and arterial issues, which could then develop into heart disease. 

Going to a clinic or having a home visit from a chiropodist if you have symptoms due to a foot condition. 

Other ways to look after your feet

How can I look after my feet?   

By looking after your feet, you can practise good foot care and ensure safety from getting any foot conditions.

This can be as simple as wearing the right socks, so you can focus on enjoying the activities you love.

Pain in the feet can be a symptom of types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis which can impact your way of life.

But looking after your feet and being aware of changes can help you keep your feel healthy and stay pain-free.

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Alistair Clay Author

Author 26.02.2024

Alistair Clay

Alistair is a founding Director of Sweet Pea Care and the Managing Director of social care communications agency Arc Seven where he advises some of the UK’s biggest care providers.