YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR EVERYTHING FOOT RELATED!
Established in 1993 by Ann James as a domiciliary practice (initially as Ann James Chiropody/Podiatry), our practice offers a friendly, professional & comprehensive private podiatry service for all the family in our purpose built clinic or in the comfort of your own home. We changed our name to Bebington Podiatry in 2000 when we opened our new clinic and as more podiatrists enhanced our team.
Ann qualified in 1980 from the then Northern College of Chiropody (now University of Salford School for Health Science) with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine, returning in 1992 to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Westminster. Ann offers general chiropody/podiatry treatment such as toenail trimming, corn & callus removal but her areas of special interest are:
Caring for the feet of people with diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis
Lacuna fungal nail treatment
Dermatology including dermoscopy (close examination of the skin & any lesions with a dermatascope)
Nail surgery for ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) or painful toenails
Pedisafe medical model aesthetic toenail reconstruction & Gelous nail polish treatment
Foot care for those with auto-immune conditions or undergoing cancer treatment
Amanda joined our team this year, qualifying from University of Salford in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in podiatric Medicine. Amanda manages our home visit (domiciliary) and sheltered accommodation services alongside regular clinics at the practice. She is especially interested in general podiatry, toenail surgery and specialist footcare for people with diabetes etc.
We are HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) registered ( Ann was previously state registered until the regulatory body for Allied Health Professionals was changed to the HCPC to include all health & social workers in 2003).
We are members of the:
College of Podiatry, Diabetes UK, Independent Diabetes Trust, Merseyside branch of the College of Podiatry, Versus Arthritis, Heart Matters, British Heart Foundation, Stroke Association, the Wirral Private Podiatry Practitioners Group, FDUK and UK Podiatry, Coeliac UK, IBS Network, Osgo & International Association of Dermoscopy.
All our podiatrists attend mandatory quarterly CPD (continuing professional development) conferences at Arrowe Park Hospital organised by the Merseyside branch of the College of Podiatry and any other approved by the College of Podiatry courses in subjects not covered in our mandatory programme but which we are interested in throughout the year.
Lasts approx. one hour & includes:
1. A general medical history review (please bring a list of medications/supplements you take)
2. Completion of a record card containing your personal details which will be treated in the strictest confidence
3. Circulatory check - your podiatrist will palpate your foot pulses with their hands then examine with a Doppler machine which can inform us of issues such as irregular heartbeat, atherosclerosis, deterioration in arterial health etc.
4. A neurological check - your podiatrist will test the sensory foot nerve function with a monofilament and foot nerve conduction with a tuning fork. These tests can identify changes to your nerve function caused by diabetes, nerve damage such as sciatica, neurological diseases such as motor neurone or Guilliame-Barre syndrome etc,
5. Musculo-skeletal/gait checks which can reveal joint changes, flat feet, leg length discrepency etc that can affect joints and walking.
All these checks are a legal requirement prior to any form of treatment.
Your podiatrist will then fully explain what treatment she can perform that day and with your signed consent, a full podiatry treatment followed by advice on how to manage any foot problems found* and keep you comfortable will be completed.
Should your podiatrist find any issues such as irregular heartbeat, she will refer you on to the relevant health professional.
*Please note that some treatments such as nail surgery, Lacuna fungal nail treatment, orthotics, MLS Laser may not be possible to complete at your first visit and will require a return appointment at the appropriate fee (please see our fee list) which your podiatrist will discuss with you.
Every new patient at Bebington Podiatry recieves a short biomechanical assessment as part of their initial appointment - here at Bebington Podiatry we not only treat your foot problem but we look for WHY you have it -and if any issues are noted, we will recommend rebooking with our specialist for a full biomechanical/musculo-skeletal assessment. This will include an assessment of any pain you experience, the shape and function of your feet, check your gait, measure any leg length differences, assess your muscle strength & function, any deformities or abnormalities and any other issues found. You may then be given an exercise programme, recommended to have our bespoke orthotics, specialist footwear, heel raises etc - whatever is required to address your foot problem and keep you moving comfortably.
In depth services
Diabetes Mellitus footcare including
FREE Wirral Diabetes Register annual foot check
Rheumatoid arthritis footcare
Footwear assessment including referral for specialist or bespoke footwear
Surgery for permanent removal of ingrown toenail/s (onychocryptosis)
Pedisafe medical model nail reconstruction for damaged/ broken toenails
Pedisafe nail polish - anti fungal & antibacterial colour gel applied using sterile instruments and disposable brushes thus eliminating cross infection
Lacuna fungal nail treatment
Dermoscopy - assessment of skin lesions
Corn & callus removal
Treatment of athletes' foot (tinea pedis)
Dermatology and skin care advice
Amanda can come to you if you cannot attend the clinic, for whatever reason. Home visits are only available during the day Tuesday and Wednesday. Please request a home visit when booking your appointment in order that our receptionist can allocate the extra time required.
General Podiatrist and owner
Trained Lacuna anti-fungal nail treatment and Pedisafe Medical Model nail technician
Special interest in dermatology/dermoscopy
Domiciliary and sheltered accommodation service Podiatrist
Specialist in nail surgery
‘The orthotics you have made for me have given me my life back. I have no more pain in my feet, can go out walking again for pleasure and I cannot bear not to wear them. The last thing I do before leaving the house is check that my orthotics are in my shoes! Thank you so much’
‘I hobbled into the surgery, now I feel like I am walking out on air!’
‘I can’t believe that all the terrible pain I used to have from my ingrown toenail has finally gone. I wish I had been to see you and had the operation years ago. I can even wear my high heels again (sorry, shouldn’t say that to my podiatrist!). Thank you, thank you, thank you!’
‘I was too embarrassed to show my feet to anyone for years, I thought they were so ugly. You reassured me and made me feel comfortable throughout my treatment and now they look so much better!’
‘I limped into the surgery four weeks ago with such pain in my bunions I could barely walk but after four weeks of marigold therapy, I have no pain at all and I completed a three mile walk at the weekend. I’m going to dance out!’
‘It’s so nice that you can come and see me at my flat, I really look forward to your visits’
No waiting list | All ages | All conditions | New patients always welcome | No GP referral necessary
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Keeping Wirral on its toes since 1993