Chipo graduated from University of East London with a First-Class degree in Podiatric Medicine. She has worked in South East London in both the community and acute NHS settings as well as in private practice. Chipo is interested in many aspects of podiatry particularly diabetes, high risk wound care and minor surgery. She is experienced in treating patients with a range of podiatric needs including those with diabetes, vascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
She regularly undertakes routine podiatry clinics, which include toe nail cutting, corn and callus removal, ingrowing toenails and verruca removal, as well as specialised diabetic screening, ulcer management and nail surgery clinics.
I am a member of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, one of the largest professional bodies representing chiropody/podiatry in the UK. This provides me with professional development, and helps with regular training. At the centre I can provide a wide range of chiropody treatments from nail cutting to nail surgery.
I try to promote a holistic approach to patient’s needs, working with other centre members when required. I can also perform Diabetic Foot Assessments on request. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to consult me. However if a surgical procedure is needed, I may ask you to check with your GP.
Emergency appointments can sometimes be arranged at other times. Since qualifying from the London foot Hospital in 1986, I have worked in the NHS and private practice. I joined the Complementary Health Centre in 1994. I have worked in a wide range of clinics and environments. Chiropody / Podiatry has enabled me to work in hospitals (Diabetic clinics and ward rounds), and with Community Services, including special nail surgery sessions and visiting disabled patients in their own homes. My current work outside the centre includes Housing Trust Clinics, Almshouses, home visits and an Age UK clinic.
Most people have foot problems at some time in their lives, and many of these can be helped
by chiropody / podiatry treatment. This is the field of healthcare devoted to the study and
treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. We also help diagnose problems so that a patient
can provide the right self-care.
Good foot health is especially important for people with other health problems such as
diabetes, poor circulation or rheumatism. These problems can make self-treatment, even
cutting their own nails, difficult. You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a Podiatrist.
Common foot problems include:
hard skin, corns, cracked heels and calluses
painful and in-growing nails
Skin problems and fungal infections, e.g. athlete’s foot
heel and foot pains
walking problems (gait) and sport injuries (relating to the lower limb)
Normal appointments last about 30 minutes. This can include taking a full medical history,
treatment and advice. Special treatments such as nail surgery may need longer.
Treatments regularly provided include:
hard skin reduction (debridement) and temporary padding.
a range of treatments for verrucae and common nail disorders
footcare advice: shoes and skincare
supplying and modifying various items, such as toe separators
diabetic foot assessment
simple or modified insoles
The two names Chiropody/Podiatry may seem confusing. This is due to recent changes in
qualification and registration for the profession. A three year training course now leads to a
degree in Podiatric Medicine. Only those registered with the H.C.P.C. are entitled to its use.
All Chiropody / Podiatry professionals at the Complementary Health Centre are registered
with the Health and Care Professions Council (H.C.P.C.).