South Hams Podiatry

Nick FarmerBSc(Hons) DPodM MChS FRSPH HPC reg Pod

 01548 559 191
  07850 784 725
   07376 382 630

About Nick

Nick Farmer holds Podiatry and Chiropody clinics at The Hen House in Kingsbridge, South Devon. Nick is the proprietor of South Hams Podiatry and is qualified with a BSc(Hons) degree in Podiatry (the 'new' name for Chiropody). He holds qualifications in nail surgery and the use of local anaesthetics. He is also qualified to prescribe and supply certain antibiotics and other drugs and medication.

He is registered with the Health Professions Council and a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Normal Chiropody treatments such as nail cutting, removing hard skin (callus) and corns are available as is verrucae treatment with low level laser and/or cryotherapy. Nick has attended various footwear and shoe fitting courses and is happy to give footwear advice. He conducts gait and musculo skeletal (biomechanical) assessments at Norton Brook Medical Centre. This may be for conditions such as plantar fasciitis, or general localised pains in the feet, ankles, legs and knees or hips. It may also involve more widespread problems involving lack of sensation or widespread pain. He uses low level laser to assist soft tissue recovery and for wound and ulcer healing. As a diabetic himself, Nick has a special interest in diabetes and conducts advanced neuropathic and vascular checks on patients.

He is a Professional member of Diabetes UK and the Primary Care Diabetes Society. He is a 'Patient Advocate' for Diabetes Research Network / NHS National Institute for Health Research and is actively involved in meetings at local and national level.

Nick is an associate of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a member of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology. He is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and registered with the Health Professions Council.

He is registered as a practitioner member of the Asics© Biomechanics Academy and has received training with Hotter© in footwear fitting and advice. He has no commercial interest in either company.

During 3 years training in NHS clinics he treated a wide variety of patients suffering from systemic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, circulatory and neuropathic disorders in addition to normal foot related problems i.i. callus, corns, verrucae, planter fasciitis, gait assessment etc.

Nick is certified to administer local anaesthetic for nail surgery and licensed to supply certain prescription and pharmacy only drugs. He is able to offer cryotherapy and painless low level laser therapy treatment for many conditions including verrucae treatment, wound healing and musculoskeletal injuries.

As a Type 2 diabetic himself Nick is interested in the care and support that diabetics require and which the NHS is sometimes unable to provide. He is keen to provide diabetic care and assessment which may detect problems before they become a risk. This can be assessed by an enhanced neurovascular examination (testing sensation and blood flow in the legs and feet). The results of these tests can be sent to the patient's GP for further action if necessary.

Nick is always looking to expand his clinical knowledge base and regularly attends training courses and seminars as well as meeting with other Health Professionals to enhance his skills and knowledge.