Stepping into the World of Podiatry: Caring for Feet, One Step at a Time - A blog from one of our local podiatrists Kirstie Charles

Kirstie Charles of Portishead Foot Care

Hello, dear readers, to my first blog! My name is Kirstie Charles of Portishead Foot Care. In this blog I will take you on an insightful journey into the world of podiatry – the branch of medicine that focuses on the care of our precious feet! As a podiatrist, I dedicate my days to ensuring the well-being of your lower limbs, enabling you to walk confidently through life. Join me as I share insights into the diverse and rewarding work we do as podiatrists.

What is Podiatry?

Often referred to as chiropody but, is in fact the same occupation, is a specialised field of medicine that revolves around the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. To be a podiatrist a person needs to be degree qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). As podiatrists, we play a crucial role in promoting foot health and maintaining mobility for our patients. From individuals struggling with foot pain to athletes seeking peak performance, our expertise covers a wide range of foot-related issues.

The Foundation of Care: Prevention

One of the fundamental aims of podiatry is preventative care. We firmly believe in the adage, "prevention is better than cure." Through routine foot examinations, gait analysis, and footwear advice, we can identify potential problems before they escalate, allowing us to intervene early and minimize the impact on your mobility and overall health.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Treatment

When foot problems arise, rest assured that we are equipped with a comprehensive array of treatments. From managing ingrown toenails and corns to addressing more complex issues like plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot care, our expertise extends to a wide spectrum of conditions. We incorporate both conservative methods and, when necessary, surgical interventions to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.

Specialized Foot Care

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a podiatrist is the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients. We care for everyone, from young children just learning to walk to older persons experiencing age-related foot issues. Additionally, athletes seek our guidance to optimize their performance and avoid injuries, recognizing that the foundation of their agility lies in their feet, as it does for everyone. Correct footwear plays a very important part in not only providing support, cushioning and protection for the foot, but also helping to align the foot, ankle, knee, hip and back. Pain in these areas can be due to incorrect or worn-out footwear.

Diabetes and Foot Health

For patients with diabetes, foot health is of paramount importance. Diabetes can lead to peripheral neuropathy (especially loss of protective sensation in the feet) and decreased blood circulation, making feet susceptible to wounds and infections. As podiatrists, we work closely with individuals living with diabetes to manage foot-related complications and prevent serious consequences.

Restoring Mobility and Confidence

One of the most gratifying moments in our profession is witnessing patients regain their mobility and confidence. A simple foot treatment can bring immense relief to someone who has been living with chronic pain for years. Restoring functionality and seeing our patients embrace an active lifestyle once more is what makes our work truly rewarding!


As I conclude this glimpse into the world of podiatry, I hope it has shed some light on the essential role we play in the healthcare community. Our dedication to keeping you on your feet, walking with ease and comfort, fuels our passion every day. Remember, your feet are the foundation of your body, and caring for them should never be overlooked. Should you ever encounter foot troubles or wish to prevent them, do not hesitate to reach out to a podiatrist – we're here to help you step confidently into a healthier, happier life!


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