Podiatry & Chiropody

Podiatry & Chiropody

Podiatry & Chiropody in Edinburgh

Podiatry is defined as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common and also more complex lower limb disorders associated with the toenails, soft tissues and the musculoskeletal system. The aim of podiatry treatment is to improve and manage foot health. It is also to assess and diagnose any foot pain disorders, which may create pain locally and further up the body i.e.: plantar fascia, knee pain, hip pain, back pain and postural problems.

Foot biomechanical disorders are common and need to be treated promptly to avoid chronic problems for the future. Youth and seniors can benefit from a biomechanical assessment to ensure they move efficiently and supported where necessary. The sporting population may also be battling with discomfort that can be helped to boost training endurance and enjoyment!

Foot and problems to the lower limb are commonplace and have been shown to be a significant cause of ill health, disability and pain. It can also contribute to poor balance, which increases the risk of falling and could lead to serious injury. It is estimated that 80 percent of older people have foot related problems and as we are living in an ageing population, the number of chronic foot problems will rise significantly in the future. Early podiatry intervention is paramount to preventing and managing these problems. Children and adults are welcome!

Here at Active Health in Edinburgh, podiatry treatments are aimed to prevent a particular problem getting worse. The Podiatrist is highly qualified to assess your biomechanics and prescribe orthotics to treat a specific disease or disorder and rehabilitate problems that affect the feet and lower limbs (including corns, calluses and verrucae). When we walk we put pressure on the heel and then the ball of the foot. The skin is thicker here in order to absorb the pressure, but if this becomes excessive, the skin thickens to become corns and calluses. Sometimes this can be managed at home but if it becomes painful or too thick, it is advised to seek expert help. Our Podiatrist (also known as a chiropodist) at our Edinburgh based clinic is excited to help make positive changes to your foot support, movements and health to alleviate pain and is also skilled in removing thickened skin and to advise you on the cause and how to reduce it yourself. She may also provide padding or taping to reduce the pressure and pain.

If you have diabetes and are at increased risk of developing an ulcer, you should be regularly assessed by a podiatrist to check blood supply to your feet and to test for any indication of reduced sensation. They will also be checking for any signs of increased pressure to your feet and foot deformities. It is vital to keep your feet healthy, as diabetics are 15 times more at risk of having a limb amputation.

Preventative treatment and management of problems with the joints in the feet which may affect future mobility and biomechanics of the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, back and neck are achievable with a podiatry consultation in our Edinburgh clinic.

Common problems that can be helped with Podiatry assessments include:

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Achilles Tendonitis

Chronic Plantar Corns

Back, Knee, Neck Pain

Mortons Neuroma

Hallux Valgus (Bunions)

Although there is no known cure for osteoarthritis, our podiatrist/chiropodist may also be able to reduce the pressure and thereby reduce the pain in your feet and make this condition less inconvenient.

Along with all the physical treatments that the podiatrist can perform, Katie will also advise what footwear are appropriate, exercises if required, how to keep your feet healthy at home and she can also perform biomechanical assessments and fit orthotics (inserts for your shoes). Katie specialises in biomechanical Podiatry and can assess and treat all members of the community.

We also have a range of creams and emollients available in our Edinburgh clinic that our chiropodist will be able to advise if any of these may be beneficial for you.

Podiatry treatment and assessments are available for children and adults. It’s never too late to start caring for your feet so why not book in with our podiatrist at Active Health in Edinburgh and see how she can help you.


Bio mechanical assessment1 hour£67
Routine treatment½ hour£37
Nail cutting£22
Verruca treatment£12 - £27
Warm wax therapy£39
Routine appointment and warm wax therapy£62

Types of Podiatry Treatments

New Patient Routine Assessment / Routine Podiatry Appointment – £35

During your first appointment you will undergo an assessment of your feet and general medical conditions. You will also receive a podiatric treatment as appropriate to your condition and needs. This can include toenail cutting, callus (dead skin) and corn reduction and verrucae treatment depending on your individual needs.

Musculoskeletal Injury  – £35

Foot pain? A deep ache? Suffering from a foot injury? This appointment will assess your problem and provide treatment and advice as appropriate to your condition.

Biomechanical Assessment – £65

Having problems when you walk with your feet,  knees, hips or back? If so then a biomechanical assessment may be able to help you. Katie will assess the interaction between these joints and their function will be analysed. If required then prescription insoles (known as orthotics) will be advised. These would carry an additional charge and your options would be discussed with you to help you find the best solution for your needs. Temporary insoles will be issued during the appointment if the podiatrists deems necessary.

Nail Cut – £20

After an initial assessment and if there are no medical or podiatric risk factors, you may book in for a simple nail cut. This will include your nails cut, cleared and filed. For patients who are struggling to get a simple nail cut complete and suffer no other medical or podiatric risk factors. Please check with your podiatrist if this is appropriate for you before booking.

Verrucae Treatments £10 – £25

After an initial assessment and treatment, the follow up appointment price will depend on requirement and will be discussed at your initial assessment with your Podiatrist.

Verrucaes are reduced if appropriate, and can be treated in clinic.

Warm Wax Therapy – £37 or £60 if added on to a routine appointment

Warmed paraffin wax will be applied to your feet along with special oils to help improve the condition of your skin. The treatment may be beneficial for those suffering from muscle aches, arthritic pain, joint pain, dry skin, cracked heels or circulatory issues. Please ask your podiatrist if you are suitable for this treatment.

*Please note children MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during treatment. Treatment will be refused without parental consent in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered, or if you seek further information about our service/s please email us at info@active-h.co.uk or call us on 0131 229 4987.

“What is the difference between Podiatry and Chiropody?”

Podiatry and Chiropody is the same thing. If a therapist qualified years ago with a diploma in Chiropody then they would have updated their qualifications with CPD (Continual Professional Development).

“What is a biomechanical assessment?”

Biomechanical assessments are the assessment of the entire lower limbs, also observing the patients full body gait analysis.

“What is an Orthotic?”

Orthotics are an inner sole which can be custom made or non-custom made to treat/ eliminate foot, ankle, knee, hip or lower back pain. It can also be useful for shin splints.

“What foot surgery is available at Active Health?”

Kim Blair, Podiatrist is qualified to perform nail surgery and is also qualified to inject local anaesthesia from the ankle down to perform epidermal skin surgery (including verrucas).