FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions. We hope they assist with making your visit to We Fix Feet Podiatry and Foot Care clinics a pleasant one.
What should I expect on my first visit to We Fix Feet?
At your first visit, please attend 10 minutes prior to your appointment. As such, this will allow sufficient time to complete the necessary paperwork prior to you seeing the clinician. An initial assessment will then be carried out by your clinician. A relevant medical history and details of any medication, ailments or conditions will be taken. Next, a physical examination of the foot will then be conducted. This will determine the clinical diagnosis of your complaint and your clinician will explain fully. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the problem and ask any questions you may have. Your clinician will provide you with options of treatment in the form of a treatment plan to be agreed. At your first appointment, If in agreement, it is usual that initial treatment will be undertaken.
Do I need a referral from a Doctor or my GP?
Do you carry out toe nail surgery?
Yes, we carry out different forms of nail surgery. For persistent ingrown toenails, we are able to perform a total removal or partial removal of the toenail. Local anaesthetic is administered for this procedure.
Can I get an emergency, out of hours appointment?
Yes, we offer an emergency out of hours appointments. As such, this is a premium service for those clients who need help when they are most in need.
Are home visits available?
No, but we can recommend someone locally. However, we believe the best service can be provided within a clinical setting.
Do you have on-site car parking?
Do We Fix Feet clinics have easy wheelchair access?
Yes, all of our clinics are at ground floor level and have accessibility for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.
What is the difference between a Podiatrist and Foot Health Practitioner?
A Podiatrist is someone who has extended skills. They are able to perform nail surgery and biomechanical assessments. As such, they may have obtained a University Degree in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine. It is likely that a Podiatrist may be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered. Therefore, those with a qualification in Podiatry and registered with the HCPC are known by the legally protected designated title of "HCPC Registered Podiatrist".
A Foot Health Practitioner may have the same skills as a Podiatrist in dealing with general foot care such as toenail cutting, removal of hard skin, corns, callus, verruca treatment and ingrown toenails. A Foot Health Practitioner may be registered with a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accredited register.
Do you claim for your Podiatry of Foot Care treatment on any insurance or cash plan scheme? If so, please ensure you make the booking for your treatment with a clinician that meets your specific scheme providers T&Cs. We operate both Foot Health Practitioners and Podiatrists within our clinics. Scheme providers terms and conditions differ with their requirements for reclaiming of treatment costs.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
You will need to bring yourself and a list of any medication you are currently taking if you are attending for a Podiatry or Foot Care appointment, . If you are attending for a Musculoskeletal Biomechanical Assessment, please also bring along a selection of footwear. I this case, a pair of shorts and loose clothing should also be worn or brought along.
What is our cancellation policy?
if a patient fails to attend their appointment or they cancel at the last minute, a fee will be charged. As a result, we will be unable to offer the appointment to other patients. For instance, urgent treatment may be required by other patients.
As soon as you know that you will be unable to attend your appointment for any reason, please contact us by telephone.
The full charge for the appointment will become payable in the event of non-attendance. Likewise, the full charge will become payable if cancellation is made within 24 hours of the booked appointment. Exceptional circumstances will however be taken into consideration.
We envisage adding to these FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions over the coming weeks.