Queens Award Logo

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Winners 2022

4.6 based on Google Reviews


Person receiving complementary therapy - reflexology

This is a branch of healthcare focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs. Chiropodists, or podiatrists, are healthcare professionals who specialise in providing medical care for foot-related issues. While chiropody does not offer a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), it can play a significant role in managing foot problems associated with the condition.

More About Chiropody in relation to MS:

Foot Care and Maintenance: Individuals with MS may experience various foot-related issues, such as foot pain, numbness, muscle weakness, balance problems and changes in gait. Chiropodists can assess and provide appropriate foot care, including nail trimming, callus and corn management and the treatment of skin conditions like athlete’s foot. Regular chiropody appointments can help maintain foot health and address common foot problems.

Orthotic Devices and Footwear: Chiropodists can prescribe and custom-fit orthotic devices, such as shoe inserts or custom orthotics, to address specific foot abnormalities, provide support and improve foot function. These devices can help individuals with MS manage foot pain, enhance stability and optimise gait mechanics. Chiropodists can also provide guidance on suitable footwear choices to accommodate any foot deformities or orthotic needs.

Management of Ulcers and Wound Care: Individuals with MS who have reduced sensation or impaired mobility may be at a higher risk of developing foot ulcers or wounds. Chiropodists can assess and provide specialised wound care, including wound dressing, offloading techniques and pressure redistribution strategies. They can also educate individuals on self-care measures and prevention strategies to reduce the risk of ulcers and promote wound healing.

Bio-mechanical Assessment: Chiropodists are skilled in assessing foot and lower limb biomechanics. They can evaluate gait abnormalities, muscle imbalances, joint dysfunctions and alignment issues that may contribute to foot pain or affect overall mobility. Based on the assessment, chiropodists can recommend appropriate treatment interventions, such as exercises, stretching, or referral for physiotherapy, to address bio-mechanical issues and optimise foot function.

Education and Advice: Chiropodists can provide education and advice on proper foot hygiene, self-care practices, and preventive measures to manage foot-related symptoms and complications associated with MS. They can offer guidance on appropriate footwear choices, foot exercises and strategies to minimise the risk of falls or injuries.

It is important to consult with healthcare professionals, including neurologists or MS specialists, for a comprehensive approach to MS management. They can work collaboratively with chiropodists to ensure that foot care aligns with an individual’s overall treatment plan and specific needs related to MS.

Chiropody can be a valuable component of MS care, helping individuals maintain foot health, manage foot-related symptoms and enhance overall mobility. Regular visits to a chiropodist can contribute to the well-being and comfort of individuals living with MS.

Contact from individuals or healthcare professionals welcomed.