Meet our Podiatrists!
PHILIP SNEYD – BSC (HONS) POD – Podiatrist
Philip is originally from Manchester in the United Kingdom, Phil joined our team upon moving to Nova Scotia in 2013. He obtained his degree in Podiatric Medicine at the University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. Prior to studying Podiatry, he spent many years assisting individuals with specialty footwear designed to address their foot issues.
Phil enjoys the broad scope of podiatry work including: biomechanical assessments, skin and nail care, vascular and neurological assessment, nail surgery and plantar wart treatments. Patients often comment about this kind and gentle manner.
In his spare time, Phil enjoys spending time outside exploring nature.
Philip is a member of the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association / Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and is accepting new patients.
DAVID ALLCOCK – BSC (HONS) POD – Podiatrist & Bracing Specialist
David is from Liverpool, England. He obtained his degree in Podiatric Medicine at the University of Salford in Manchester. Prior to making the decision to study Podiatric Medicine and throughout his studies, David worked as a frontline Emergency Response Ambulance Technician, served as a Combat Engineer and physical training instructor.
David enjoys a broad spectrum of podiatry work involving: skin and nail care & ingrown nail surgery, biomechanics as well as specializing in wart treatments. David also has a keen interest in muscle, ligament, tendon and soft tissue injury rehabilitation. He enjoys working with all ages – children, adults, seniors, and with individuals who are dealing with challenging cognitive issues such as dementia.
In his spare time David likes to compete in various sporting disciplines but is at home in the water. He can often be found surfing, swimming or playing underwater hockey.
David is a member of the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association / Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and is accepting new patients.
Listed below are some of the services provided:
Ingrown toenails are a condition where the nail is embedded in the side of the toe causing inflammation and sometimes infection. This can sometimes be a recurring condition that is often aggravated with pressure.
We provide nail surgery as a long term treatment plan for this condition. This is carried out under local anesthetic. The podiatrist can remove the full nail or thin slither of the nail that is causing problem. Once removed, the base of the nail is cauterized to stop the nail from growing back. This procedure has a success rate of 98 %.
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 immobilizing. We frequently treat verrucae (warts) 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 with liquid nitrogen and caustics.
Foot Ulcer Care/Treatment
Communicating closely with your family doctor, podiatrists can assess, manage and treat non-healing wounds. This includes the sharp debriding/removal of non-viable tissues, cleaning of the wound bed and the application of the appropriate sterile dressings. Wound healing is further enhanced with offloading using temporary measures such as semi-compressed felt padding or offloading boots. Once the wound site is completely healed, the podiatrist will assess and provide advice for the long-term care plan to ensure the wound stays heal. This may include the provision for orthotics or shoe modification.
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.
Your podiatrist will reduce excess hard skin and cracks, eliminating painful symptoms and vastly improving the skin’s appearance. They also provide advice/ recommendations to help you prevent/slow down the return of the problem.
Diabetic/Foot Health Assessment
If you have diabetes, your feet should be checked every 12 months for circulation and any loss of sensation. We call this a vascular and neurological assessment. We use a doppler ultrasound where we can listen to the quality of 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 risk of ulceration and will advise you accordingly. If you have diabetes or other long-term chronic conditions that may affect your feet, these assessments will be performed during your first visit; alongside any treatments you might require.
Athlete’s Foot/Fungal Skin Infections
We can easily diagnose this and provide a treatment plan. Advice is then given to prevent re-occurrence.
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 podiatrists are trained to assess, diagnose and implement appropriate management of your feet and legs. This may include: referral, communication with your doctor, rehab, orthotics, footwear, etc.
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. Your podiatrist can diagnose the problem and implement a treatment plan.
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.
- Bring all of the shoes you wear on a regular basis.
- If you are seeing the podiatrist for custom made orthotics please refer to our orthotic page
What are the fees to see a podiatrist?
- First appointment – Soft tissue care including warts, corns, nail and skin care $80
- First appointment – Biomechanical assessment/diagnosis/foot pain $90
- Repeat appointments:
- $70 for patients who have been in for care in the past12 months (some treatments such as wart treatment and nail surgery do have additional fees that would be full explained prior to booking these appointments)
- $80 If it has been more than a year since you have been in last, as you will need to be reassessed before treatment.
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 Sneyd and David Allcock are members of: