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PODIATRY SERVICES

Do you experience discomfort when walking or running?
Are you concerned about your foot health?
Do you have difficulty caring for your feet?
Are you getting regular diabetic foot assessments?

Philip-SneydOur Podiatrist, Philip Sneyd trained at the Huddersfield University in the United Kingdom. To gain his degree in Podiatric medicine, he underwent extensive training and testing in: anatomy, pathologies of the foot and lower limb, physiology, medications, systemic diseases, biomechanics, local anesthetics, sports injuries, wound management and orthotic design/manufacture. This training also included assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pathologies of the foot and lower limb.

Gentle, effective podiatry services.

Visit Phil’s website at: www.halifaxpodiatry.com

Below are listed some of the services provided by Philip:

Routine Foot Care/Treatment
This appointment may include the treatment of corns, calluses and nail care. Other appropriate foot care advice may also be offered during this appointment.
Cracked Heels
Painlessly treated, Philip will reduce excess hard skin and cracks, eliminating painful symptoms and vastly improving the skin’s appearance. He also provides advice/ recommendations to help you prevent/slow down the return of the problem.
Diabetic/Foot Health Assessment
If you are diabetic your feet should be checked every 12 months for circulation and any loss of feeling. We call this a vascular and neurological assessment. It involves a doppler ultrasound where we can actually listen to the pulses in your feet. We also record the level of feeling in your feet. In addition we check for any high pressure sites that may be at future risk of ulceration and advise you accordingly. If you are diabetic or have other health issue that may affect your feet, these assessments will be performed during your first visit; alongside any treatments you require.
Foot Ulcer Care/Treatment
Communicating closely with your family doctor, Philip can assess, manage and treat certain types of ulcers that would otherwise not heal of their own accord. This may include the removal of dead or built-up tissues, dressing changes or offloading the ulcers with orthotics or more temporary padding materials.
Athlete’s Foot/Fungal Skin Infections
We can easily diagnose this and provide a treatment plan. Advice is then given to prevent reoccurrence.
Plantar Warts
A plantar wart is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). It is actually a viral infection of the skin. If it is left untreated, it can become painful, unsightly and in severe cases immobilising. We frequently treat verrucae the size of a loonie! In some cases it will go of its own accord but once large and established, it will need more advanced treatment. We offer a range of verrucae treatment options including freezing, caustics and dry needling*.

*The dry needling procedure is usually performed if you have a long-standing/painful wart. This is performed under local anesthetic and would first require an assessment appointment before the procedure can be performed.
In-Grown Toenails
We have vast experience with this painful often reoccurring condition. In cases with no previous history of recurrence, we use a special technique to remove the ingrown spike and dress this for optimum healing.
Nail surgery
Nail surgery is the permanent solution to a reoccurring, in-growing toe nail. Your podiatrist can give a local anaesthetic to the affected toe and remove a thin slither of nail along with the problematic spike. Once removed, the nail root is gently chemically cauterized to prevent it growing back so that the rest of the nail grows back but without the nail spike and the thin slither that is removed. It leaves an excellent cosmetic result rather than removing the whole nail*, which can look unsightly. We use an injection technique utilising an extra fine dental needle in combination with a pre injection spray to minimize discomfort during the local anesthetic. This is so successful that we even offer the procedure for children.

*Partial nail removal is not always the best option for some nail surgeries; currently Philip only has to remove full nails in about 20% of his nail surgery cases.
Biomechanics
The foot and lower limb is a very complex mechanical device. As such, many problems may result from our personal development, past injuries or the activities we pursue. Dysfunction in the foot may lead to site specific problems, pain/discomfort in other parts of the feet or even refer problems to sites higher up the body. Our podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and put appropriate management of your foot complaints in place. This may include: referral, communication with your doctor, rehab, orthotics or footwear. If after assessment, Philip decides that you require orthotics he will provide you with a prescription and also any other advice/ intervention he feels you may require. His orthotic prescription is valid at any location that provides custom orthotics. Many of his patients decided to get them dispensed through this location via himself of through one of our certified Pedorthists.
Injuries
Injuries of the foot and ankle can be difficult to resolve. This is partly because we often want to return to weight bearing activity as soon as possible; this can result in delayed healing and creating pain/ problems in other parts of the foot due to walking differently.  Podiatrists often see clients with long standing injuries that other healthcare professional haven’t been able to solve.

What should bring to prepare for my Podiatry appointment?
  • Please remove all toe nail polish before your appointment
  • Bring along a record of your medications.
  • If you are seeing the podiatrist for custom made orthotics please refer to our orthotic page
What are the fees to see the podiatrist?
  • The first time you see the podiatrist the fee is $75
  • All return visits are $65
  • If you require both soft tissue care (ie nails, corns, warts, etc) in addition to a biomecanical assessment/diagnosis the fee will be $75 plus $65
  • If you are seeing the podiatrist for custom made orthotics please refer to our orthotic page
Will my insurance plan cover these fees?

Most medical insurance plans will cover Podiatry Services.

Each insurance plan is different, therefore coverage for each product and service will vary from plan to plan. To ensure you understand your coverage it is best if you contact your insurance company to inquire about your plan details. Most plans do not require a referral to see a podiatrist, however it is best to check with them to be sure.

Upon request, we are happy to direct bill your health benefits plan. Direct billing needs to be arranged prior to your appointment.

Note:If you would like us to bill your plan directly, please call to inquire if you plan permits direct billing. Some plans require members to pay for the services and submit receipts for reimbursement.

Blue Cross – Belmont – Benefit Plan Administrators – Chamber of Commerce – Claim Secure – Co-operators – Community Services – Desjardins – Equitable Life – Great West Life  – Green Shield – Industrial Alliance – Johnson – Manion Wilkins – Manulife – Maxium Benefit Assurance – Standard Life – Sunlife – Workers Compensation Board, etc.

 

Patient Education is provided to help reduce future problems.

Reports and referrals are sent to appropriate health professionals.

Philip is accepting new patients. Call 902-835-7463 to book an appointment.

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Philip Sneyd is a Member of:

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