Achilles Foot Health Centre
HCPC Registered
The Socirty of Chiropodists & Podiatrists

Preventative Medicine

Building resilience for well being and longevity

The need for preventative medicine in the health of the community, and epidemiologically, in relation to specific cohorts is agreed as a desirable outcome across a wide range of medical professionals and is backed by Department of Health guidelines.

Good foot and lower limb health plays a role in these aims. Starting with the basic requirement to be mobile and active, there are many benefits:

  • improved bone density in skeletal system
  • maintenance of structure and range of motion of joints
  • builds muscle mass
  • low level walking is shown to have benefits for management of stress, mood raising / reducing depression
  • moderate level walking will challenge cardio-vascular system - improving perfusion and patency of micro-vascular networks
  • jogging, running, hill walking can take people on to higher levels of fitness of musculo-skeletal and cardio-vascular systems
  • moderate levels of activity help manage blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and hypertension
  • moderate levels of activity improve the immune system - fighting off infections
  • regular activity combined with healthy eating will help to manage wieght and reduce body mass index

    So, any impairment due to foot and lower limb health issues may have wide reaching effects on an individual's or a wider cohort's health status in the short, medium and long term.

    Also, systemic disease, other health issues and life events can have wide spread effects on many systems within the body affecting the foot and lower limb health directly or indirectly:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Cardio-vascular Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease - Arterial, Venous, Lymphatics
  • Neuropathic Disease
  • Arthrities
  • Dermatology
  • Systemic medication
  • Chemo-therapeutic Agents
  • Immuno-suppressed cases
  • Tissue trauma
  • Post MRSA
  • Bereavement
  • Life and family crisis
  • Work related stress
  • Clinical intervention, information and advice can limit the impact of the effects of the disease process and maintain optimum health and well being of the person, and their lower limbs and feet, despite the challenges that they live with. Preventative medicine and foot health awareness are central to the work of Achilles Foot Health Centre.

    Falls Prevention

    There is a cohort of cases in the community that may benefit from assessment with a focus on falls prevention.

    Often, this is a multifactorial issue and when the elements are combined there may be an increase in the risk of falling and the consequences; which can be expensive for the NHS, the family and most of all the vulnerable patient.

    After assessment, the factors that are putting the patient at risk can be flagged to their family / carers and medical team.

    The programme of assessment, information, advice, physical therapy and minor modifications to their way of living may help reduce the number of falls in the short, medium or long term.

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