At Sassy Feet Podiatry, in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, we are dedicated to providing you with podiatry or chiropody treatments in a friendly, professional and caring manner. We are HCPC registered and we are members of the College of Podiatry. We are located in the Chalfont Wellness clinic which provides a welcoming and relaxing space for our clients.
What does a podiatrist do?
Many people wonder what the difference is between a podiatrist and a chiropodist – the answer is nothing – but podiatrist is a more commonly known name. Be it a podiatrist or a chiropodist, our role is to offer our advice and expertise to you and your family on how to take care of your feet and the type of shoes that you need to wear.
At Sassy Feet Podiatry we offer a wide variety of treatments – from general foot care advice to minor surgical procedures and treatment of diabetes-related conditions. This ranges from ingrown toenails or fungal nail infections through to the treatment of calluses and corns, verrucae, smelly feet, cracked heels, diabetic ulcers, athlete’s foot and biomechanics.
What happens at your consultation?
At your first consultation, your podiatrist will take a full medical history, carry out basic tests and sensitively discuss your concerns with you to make a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Any minor problems that are picked up can usually be treated on the spot, including the removal of hard skin and corns. Many foot problems can be prevented by regularly visiting us, and painful conditions can be diagnosed and treated early on thereby avoiding unnecessary pain and suffering. Even just one visit can make all the difference to your foot health.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our Little Chalfont Wellness Clinic so that we can help make your feet feel happy once again!
BSc (Hons) MCPod
Podiatrist (HCPC CH26700 )
Patients are asked to:
Within: Chalfont Wellness
Buckinghamshire HP7 9PH
We are located between the Citygate VW Garage’ and the ‘Village Wine’ shop in Little Chalfont.
Please telephone us on:
Should we be unable to answer your call, please leave a message and we will return your call within 24 hours.
NEED TO CHANGE OR CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT? Please telephone the clinic.
We recognise that there may be occasions when our clients may be unable to attend or need to move their appointments. Whilst we will endeavour to accommodate your needs, please notify us of your intention at least 24 hours prior to your arranged appointment in order to avoid a 50% cancellation fee being charged. Your appointment can then also be made available to other clients.
Surgery hours may vary according to demand. Visiting hours are by appointment only. Appointments outside of these hours may be available on request. ‘OUT-OF-HOURS’ EMERGENCIES Please seek help from your GP or local hospital.
We accept payment by cash, cheque and the following major payment cards:
If additional charges are incurred over and above your treatment fee, for example, for products or orthotics, then we will inform you of this.
Podiatry and Chiropody are protected titles in law and only those who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are legally entitled to use them. This offers greater protection to the public with the assurance that practitioners have met the standards set by the HCPC, such as:
* assessing patients’ feet and explaining a diagnosis before the commencement of any treatment;
* maintaining their knowledge through Continual Professional Development thereby enabling them to practice lawfully, safely and effectively.
For further information: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
All practitioners at Sassy Feet Podiatry are trained to Degree level, they are HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council ) registered and are members of the country’s leading professional body, the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.
“Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections”. (Society of Chiropodist & Podiatrist 2009).
Yes, simply click on http://www.hcpc-uk.org and http://www.scpod.org
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to book an appointment.
This is a common concern but have no fear; your treatment should be entirely pain free. Conditions, such as ingrowing toenails, may be sensitive to treat but great relief is experienced following the treatment of the painful area. In some cases, anesthetic may be used to prevent pain.
If you have pain in your feet when walking or running then you will probably need a bio-mechanical assessment. The podiatrist will look at the positioning of your hips, knees, ankles and feet whilst walking. If there is a problem with the positioning of the lower limbs then it disturbs the bio-mechanics of walking or running and this is what causes pain. Using orthotics can usually help alleviate this problem.
Orthotics are a type of insole that are used inside your shoes. They are used to help rectify certain mechanical abnormalities in the foot. Pain may be felt in the feet or legs when walking, running, or maybe even all the time. We assess how you walk or run and make a note of any problems; this is called a ‘gait analysis’. We can then recommend a ready-made orthotic or one which is custom made for your foot. Back pain, knee pain and ankle pain are some of the conditions that can be treated by wearing orthotics.
This will depend on many things, such as what kind of problem or condition you are suffering from. There are some foot conditions that need regular care. The length of treatment required will be discussed during the initial consultation and assessment. We aim to help you avoid certain problems from recurring and are happy to advise you on this. We will discuss the type of footwear that is suitable for you to wear everyday depending on your condition.
If you have an in-grown toenail that is not responding to conservative treatment then nail surgery may be needed. This is the surgical removal of the nail under local anaesthetic. The podiatrist will assess you to check if nail surgery is suitable for you, and will discuss the procedure and what is involved with you during your initial consultation.
BSc (Hons) MCPod
HCPC Registered: CH26700
Saskia Pace-Bonici-Mompalao holds a 3 year BSc (Hons) Degree in Podiatry from the University of Brighton. She is is an experienced, qualified Podiatrist who has trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate foot and lower limb conditions in order to help keep patients mobile, active and free from infection and pain. She is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the podiatry equivalent to the General Medical Council to which all doctors must belong in order to be permitted to practice. Saskia gained over 10 years’ experience working at St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in South London and, during this time, she also worked as the Podiatrist within the Community Falls Prevention Team. In addition, she also took on the role of being the Staff Side Representative acting at a corporate management level on behalf of her departmental podiatry colleagues, who were also members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. After a year, Saskia then progressed to taking on the role of Staff Side Chair which saw her representing/being the voice for all allied health professionals who worked within the community of St. George’s NHS Trust. In 2015, the exciting opportunity arose for Saskia to take over the running of The Foot Clinic (as it was then known), in Rickmansworth, which was originally founded in 2007. After much deliberation, she decided to relocate to Hertfordshire, leaving the NHS and South London behind her to work solely in private practice. Saskia has not looked back and, since taking over, the clinic has grown considerably and is still going from strength to strength. In order to keep up to date with current medical practice, Saskia regularly undertakes ongoing continual professional development. In addition, in 2017, she became a Committee Member of the Buckinghamshire Branch of the College of Podiatry. In 2018, another exciting opportunity arose to relocate the clinic from Rickmansworth to brand new premises in Little Chalfont; so, it felt like the right time to re-brand and personalise her growing business as SASSY FEET PODIATRY and to launch a website and Facebook page at the same time. Saskia will freely admit that she loves treating people’s feet – which is just as well really! She loves being able to help her patients overcome whatever problems they are experiencing with their feet, and she enjoys meeting and getting to know her patients. When not at work, Saskia can be found swimming, playing golf and reading but she happily admits that she has one other passion which is vying for first place with her love of podiatry and that is building and collecting Lego models!