Welcome to First Class Podiatry

Where healthy feet mean everything!

We all rely on our feet and often take them for granted. The average person takes 8,000 – 10,000 steps a day which can equate to over 100,000 miles in a lifetime – that’s four times around the world.

It’s not surprising then that sometimes foot related problems can develop over time through illness and disease, poorly aligned bones, injury from sports and exercise or poorly fitting footwear.

Despite this, foot pain is not normal and the good news is that it can generally be treated.

Don’t feel embarrassed or self-conscious, you can rely on me to put you first and I’m happy to discuss in confidence any problems you may be having. I am a fully qualified, insured, HCPC (state) registered private Podiatrist with over 10 years experience based at Oaktree surgery. I’m also a member of the Royal College of Podiatry.

I often get asked what is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Foot Health Practioner (FHP). Podiatrists have to complete a 3 year degree (theory & practical) programme including a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training under NHS supervision in both NHS & University clinics. We are practitioners who diagnose and treat foot problems. We’re qualified to treat high-risk and diabetic feet. We can investigate neurological/circulatory problems as well as treat wounds. We are qualified to use local anaesthetic and can also conduct biomechanical assessments and prescribe orthotics/insoles as needed. We also complete Continuous Professional Development (CPD) every year to ensure we are up to date with current treatment methods and best practice. The title Chiropodist/Podiatrist is protected by law and it is an offence to use it if unqualified.

Foot Health Practitioners (FHP’s) are also trained in foot care such as nail care or skin related treatments but the training is shorter, usually 12 months theory (often via distance learning) and 40-80 hours of practical (treatment) experience. The title Foot Health Practitioner is not protected by law so in theory anyone could use it.

When choosing a practitioner, please consider both the qualification and experience of your practitioner to ensure their expertise meets your requirements.

At my practice I offer affordable and competitively priced Podiatry & Chiropody foot care treatments with a great aftercare service and this can be at my clinic or from the comfort of your own home. 

I look forward to seeing you.

Matthew Evans BSc (Hons), RCPod
Podiatrist & owner First Class Podiatry