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Cambridge House Dorset Ltd
Podiatry & Chiropody Practice

1 Cambridge Road
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2LRTel: 01305 262498
Cambridge House Dorset Ltd

Frequently Asked Questions


In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as it's the international recognised name for a foot specialist, and also as it's slightly more appropriate as 'podiatry' refers to the modern medical approach encompassing, medical practises, biomechanics, orthotics, and foot surgery.

It's not just the name that has changed though. Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession, the extensive training given to students over the 3 or 4 years of their full time course and the continuing education after graduation enable Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems. Along with the most obvious treatments for corns and hard skin, specialties exist within the profession for almost any lower limb problem.

No, you may consult us as a self elected appointment, just like your Dentist.

You do not need any type referral from your GP to seek a private consultation.

However, you may be directly referred or recommended to this Practice by your GP or other medical/healthcare professional.

At Cambridge House, we see patients of all ages, young children, teenagers, working people and more senior people. We also see people for sports related problems and injuries.

9 out of 10 people experience foot problems in their lifetime. The foot is an amazing structure, but like all great designs has some important structural requirements that if go unsupported for long lengths of time, will start to cause problems.

So see a podiatrist before problems start. Bring your children to start treatments as early as possible. Get advice from your podiatrist about family history of foot problems and how they affect you (e.g. crossed over toes, bunions, flat feet etc.)

Remember, you get two sets of teeth and only one pair of feet for a lifetime.

Many people with diabetes have no problems with their feet and with good care and common sense precautions they can continue to enjoy “good foot health.”

However an annual check up with a podiatrist is good practise to ensure that all remains well.

Diabetes is a disease that is divided into two distinct types:

  • Type 1 is where insulin injections are used to control blood sugars
  • Type 2 which is controlled by diet only or medication

Both types of Diabetes can have serious effects on the feet and the management of the Diabetic foot is an important part of podiatrists work.

People with diabetes need to constantly examine their feet as diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputation. Please note that for patients with diabetes, approximately 15 percent will suffer foot ulcers in their lifetime. To help avoid this diabetic patients must constantly check their feet.

Painful foot conditions like an ingrown toenail generally cause people to quickly seek medical attention before infection sets in. If there is diabetes and loss of sensation there may not be the warning signs of pain. Waiting too long for treatment can be dangerous.

Cambridge House Dorset Ltd is registered with The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists and complies with all current clinical and ethical standards.