Dawn Shailer – Chiropodist/Podiatrist
MY PERSONAL VIEW
“Be kind to your feet as they are good to you..”
The average moderately active person takes around 7,500 steps per day.
If you maintain that daily average and live until 80 years of age, you’ll have walked about 216,262,500 steps in your lifetime.
That distance (around 110,000 miles) is the equivalent of walking about 5 times around the Earth, right on the equator.
With age and time our feet will show signs of wear and tear. They carry us through all stages of life changes like sudden weight gain, pregnancy or illness. Considering the pressures and strains we put these amazing parts of ourselves under, I was very impressed with the job they did for us.
And yet they remain hidden, ignored and often overlooked.
From an early age I was interested in pain relief for the feet. I have also seen benefits to mental and physical states such as relief of symptoms of anxiety and depression from treatments applied to the feet.
- BSc Chiropody and Podiatry
My career path has been specialised in disability. I studied Psychology first and was very interested in helping people overcome their problems in life. Having a background in the care sector, I specialised in care work for Children with multiple, severe, complex, sensory, learning and physical disabilities. During my career in Children (and then Adults) Social Work I was inspired to learn about physical therapies.
I trained in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage (where a special chair allows the patient to rest their arms in a forward position as the back, neck and head are palpated in a most relaxing way) and Aromatherapy Massage. I joined the Federation of Holistic Therapists as an Associate for these.
I saw the physical health benefits at this stage and it was a natural progression for me to consider the feet, lower limb and ankle in more depth through an NHS Funded Chiropody and Podiatry Bachelor in Science degree.
I have worked with people with Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and cerebral palsy and believe health benefits are a direct result of us caring for our feet/preventing infection and skin breakdown and relieving symptoms of pain from over use and injury.
ABOUT CHIROPODY & PODIATRY
Chiropodists and Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders of the lower limb. They offer professional advice on preventing foot problems and care. In the NHS, they’ll see many patients at high risk of amputation, such as those suffering from arthritis or diabetes.
An assessment is undertaken (as recommended by The Society of Chiropody & Podiatry ) which gives me a baseline understanding of your over all health.
The following areas appear in the Full Podiatry Assessment:
Vascular Health Status:
A hand held machine is used to pick out sound wave patterns of blood flow in the feet and as such I monitor blood flow patterns. I can sometimes pick up any problems that may need your GP to look at more closely in terms of your body’s ability to pump blood around the body.
May be required, particularly when a patient has diabetes because many nerve cells and structures exist in the feet and any degeneration shows up in the feet first.
For more information on this: www.diabetes.org.uk/putting-feet-first
I use painless vibration sensation testing. A lot of patients experience this as a pleasant experience overall. Nerves are responsible for pain, balance and optimum sweat production. So I might ask you questions that lead me to a clearer diagnosis of your health.
Moving your feet, asking you to stand up and put weight on your feet or walk up and down may show me musculo skeletal imbalances. I may move your toes to test their flexibility/ range of movement or level of restriction. I use the clinically recommended and standardised methods in my assessment process and am happy to discuss the relevance of these. Some people do not require or want the Full Assessment.
“Just to say thank you for my treatment on my feet. They are now 99% good thanks to the acupuncture, exercise advice and gait awareness. I can walk in bare feet again” Karina – Eastbourne