Walkwel Clinic has been established since 1990 and have surgeries in Letchworth and at our brand new premises in the Westgate Shopping Mall in Stevenage where we offer professional advice and provide specialist treatment for a wide range of common foot problems such as:
We also stock a wide range of specialist footwear products (see Product page for more details).
Chiropodist & Podiatrist
We are HPC and BUPA registered
Podiatrist number CH09639
As the unseasonal warm weather finally appears to be changing into something more like Winter weather, Walkwel are pleased to announce that they have added a range of quality children’s shoes to their growing portfolio.
Podiatrist and proprietor Sangeeta Dhall says, ‘As a podiatrist with over 25 years experience I have seen a number of children with foot related problems caused by ill fitting, or inappropriate footwear, and felt that it was important for us to provide parents with the opportunity to purchase good quality, stylish shoes, at a reasonable price. To this end we are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Pediped, a company that has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development’.
‘Initially these shoes will only be available at our Stevenage shop in the Westgate Centre, but we hope to expand this to Letchworth in the New Year. We will have boys and girls shoes for 0-18 months, and sizes 19-36 in a range of styles and colours’.
Our range of adult footwear includes Joules trendy and practical range of wellies and slippers for this coming autumn and winter, and their stock is now available in both shops. The autumn and winter range of our very versatile DB Shoes and Boots are now available, and as they can go up to an 8E fitting we are sure there will be something there for all sizes and shapes of feet!
We are expanding our range of Sketcher casual/trainer style footwear which appears ever more popular due to its lightweight design and memory foam insoles.
As ever the Hotter and Josef Seibel winter range is both stylish and practical, and Cosyfeet and Sandpiper continue to be popular, especially for their slippers and hosiery. We have increased our stock of HJ socks to include more woollen and bed socks for those colder winter days, and for those looking to ‘take to the hills’ in the coming months we will also be stocking a range of walking boots by Romika.
The return to more ‘constrictive’ footwear often makes people more aware of issues such as painful, or even ingrowing toe nails, and our highly qualified and experienced team of podiatrists is there to assist you in putting that right, and deal with any other foot related problems you may have.
Plantar Fasciitis seems to be an increasing problem for people of all ages, and we can provide advice and stock many items that can help alleviate and treat this painful condition, and if necessary are also able to make bespoke orthotics (which often help to deal with this problem) on site.
We also stock a wide range of creams, balms and gel products to soothe, soften and cushion painful feet and toes, so why not pay us a visit and see what we have to help keep you on your feet and pain free this winter.
Walkwel is well placed to deal with all of your foot related issues, and with four Podiatrists now working in our clinics, we are able to provide professional foot care six days a week, as well as carrying out home visits for those unable to come to us.
Walkwel Clinic is one of the few podiatrists in the north of the county to be able to offer laser treatment for fungal nail infections. The Lunula Laser is a revolutionary low-level laser therapy which is safe and effective. Unlike other laser treatments, it is painless as there is no temperature change in the area treated, and there are none of the potential side-effects associated with fungal-nail medication. The technology attacks the fungus, stimulates the immune system and promotes healthy nail growth. All the toes can be treated at the same time during the 24-minute treatment (12 minutes for each foot). Generally, a course of eight treatments is recommended, but this can be discussed with the Podiatrist at the initial consultation.
The Walkwel Clinic offers biomechanical assessments for people of all ages, including children, to help to diagnose problems which can lead to lower back, knee, ankle and hip pain. The service includes custom-made insoles that can correct, align and support the feet and body. This is done in-house using the latest technology – the SIDAS Podiatech system which is used by some of the leading footballers, rugby players, athletes and skiers. The clinic can also provide off the shelf insoles which can give you an idea of how permanent orthotics will feel and provide short-term relief. However, not all patients will require orthotics and may need referral to an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist or other healthcare professionals.
Nail clinics are available for patients who are unable to get down to their feet. These 15-minute appointments need to be attended regularly every six to eight weeks.
Corns and calluses are nature’s way of protecting us from friction and the pressures of walking, running and deformed joints; these occasionally become painful and have to be expertly removed. These can be treated painlessly during routine appointments.
Ingrown toenails are caused by ill-fitting footwear and improper nail cutting. This can be treated either by routine nail cutting or in more severe conditions by surgery or nail avulsion.
A verruca is a virus that mimics your body’s own protein structure, hence it is stubborn to treat because the body does not recognise it as foreign. The treatments include lasers; cryogenic (liquid nitrogen), salicylic acid paste and homeopathic oil treatment.
If you suffer with diabetic feet, the clinic can carry out full assessments and the reports are sent out to your doctor. The assessments include testing temperature appreciation; sensation to establish neuropathic status; and ultrasonic vascular assessment to establish status of the circulation.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are both disabling conditions that can lead to joint deformities which may lead to abnormal pressures to the feet. Conditions include bunions, hammer toes, mallet toes and dropped arches. Treatment is based on routine care, footwear advice, custom-made orthotics, soft prefabricated insoles and professional padding and strapping. All these treatments are also available at the Letchworth clinic.
Walkwel Clinic is now able to assist in the supply and fitting of AFOs that help to restrict unwanted ankle movement, thereby controlling foot drop and improving stability during gait.
Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful foot condition, often caused by repeated small injuries to the plantar fascia. We stock a range of products that can bring relief to this condition and our podiatrists are able to offer personal advice on a range of simple exercises that will help ease the pain. In some instances the long term solution to this problem may well be a combination of these exercises and orthotics.
If you want to wear open toe footwear to your Xmas Party, but are embarrassed by your toe nails, we can help! Our acrylic nail treatments instantly improve the look of damaged and fungal nails.
Sangeeta trained and qualified at the Chelsea School of Chiropody in 1987. Originally working for the NHS in London and Hertfordshire, Sangeeta set up her own practice in Stevenage in 1990, and then in Letchworth in 1991. Sangeeta is both HCPC and BUPA registered and is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. With a wide range of experience in all aspects of podiatry, Sangeeta specialises in nail surgery and orthotic assessments, but continues to embrace new ideas and treatments that she feels will enhance the services she offers. To this end she has recently introduced laser treatment as an option for the treatment of verrucaes and fungal infections; gel nail treatments to improve the visual look of damaged and fungal nails; plus a wide range of specialist shoes for problem feet.
Walkwel Clinic are excited to announce that we are one of only a couple of Podiatrists, and the only one in the North of the County to be able to offer Laser Treatment for Fungal Nail Infections.
The Lunula Laser is a revolutionary low level laser therapy offering hope to the many people suffering from onychomycosis, and clinical trials show an improvement in 97% of patients.
This laser is safe and effective, and unllike other laser treatments, it is painless as there is no temperature change in the area treated.
The technology works by using two different laser wavelengths, which tackle fungal nail infections in three ways:
1. They attack the fungus by activating a photochemical reaction causing fungal cell death in the nail; nail bed; and surrounding areas.
2. They stimulate the immune sytem at the infected site to promote your body's own natural defence mechanisms.
3. They promote blood vessel formation through a process called angiogenesis, thus increasing healthy nail growth.
All the toes can be treated at the same time during the 24 minute treatment (12 minutes for each foot), unlike traditional lasers where each toe is treated seperately.
Generally a course of four treatments is recommended, but this can be discussed with the Podiatrist at the initial consultation.
Please contact the clinic to discuss our treatment plan and book a consultation.
We are also installing a Klenz shoe and footwear sanitizer for the use of patients and general customers.
This coin operated machine has an incredibly strong antifungal, antibacterial and deodorising effect - heavily reducing the risk of infection, prolonging the life of the shoe, and completely neutralising odour - all in an 8 minute cycle.
The machine uses Nano Silver Technology by splitting the silver into nano sized particles and combining it with ozone to completely eradicate the pathogens in and on your shoes.
So why not drop your shoes into us, and we'll put them in the sanitizer for you whilst you do your shopping, or go for a coffee - and they'll be ready to collect on your return.