hannah rycroft - podiatry background feet
hannah rycroft - podiatry background feet


Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession. The extensive training given over the 3-year degree course, and the continuing education after graduation, enables Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems.


The Arthritis Research Campaign (www.arc.org.uk) confirms that arthritic conditions can affect the feet. Podiatrists can monitor and manage foot problems and deformities caused by diseases such as osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.

Many people notice changes in the arch structure of their feet as they get older, and mild arthritis in this area is common. This impairs how the weight of the body spreads over the feet during walking, which in mild cases feels like tiredness in the arch area, but pain and discomfort may develop if the muscles or tendons are very overworked.

Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can lead to deformity, making callus areas more common from high-pressure areas; this needs to be kept to a minimum to reduce pain and enhance mobility.