Jessica Gow graduated from the University of Southampton in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Podiatry. Jessica is registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. She has wide-ranging experience working within the NHS in city hospitals and rural clinics across Devon and Cornwall. During these 3 years, Jessica dealt with a variety of complex conditions and spent time rotating between specialist departments including the Diabetic Foot Clinic and the Musculoskeletal Department. After working in the fast-paced environment, she moved into private practice. After successfully establishing her client base and developing her private practice experience she decided to move back to her hometown Gibraltar and set up her own podiatry service “JG Podiatrist”. Jessica continued her expertise and qualified as a reflexologist in 2016.
Jessica has also volunteered in a hospital in South East Asia as the first podiatrist the hospital had ever experienced. She introduced a multidisciplinary approach and successfully helped manage the growing number of foot related complications attributed to the epidemic of diabetes in the area.
What is podiatry?
Podiatry is a highly specialised area that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and lower extremity problems. Feet are a complex part of the human body (26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and nerves!) and as a result can develop painful problems. Most foot complaints are easily solved with a visit to a podiatrist.
Podiatrists not only treat painful feet, but they also play a key role in maintaining foot health and keeping people pain free before any complications develop. Remember, prevention is better than cure!
How can a podiatrist help you?
- Provide pain relief
- Resolve cause of foot problem
- Foot maintenance
- Correct posture with insoles
- Optimise sporting performance
- Reduce risk of injury
- Provide preventative care to the “high risk” foot
What can you expect during the first session?
All new patients are given 45 minutes for their first appointment, which starts with a thorough consultation to understand your specific problem. This includes your medical history, history of onset pain, exercise levels & type etc. After a foot examination, you will be given a diagnosis. Any treatment required will be explained before being carried out. Like all specialists at Ocean Medical Clinic, Jessica takes a multidisciplinary approach to your health to ensure you receive the highest level of care.
What conditions can a podiatrist treat?
Due to the complex structure of feet and the demand we place on them, there is a long list of foot problems that can occur. Some of these include;
- Ingrowing / infected / thickened toenails
- Hard skin & cracked heels
- Corns, verrucas & athlete’s foot
- Flat feet
- Heel & Arch pain
- Runners knee
- Lower back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Wounds & diabetic ulcers
This list is just a small example of some of the conditions Jessica treats on a daily basis.
What is your speciality?
The main thing that has inspired Jessica’s podiatry career is wanting to maximise the quality of life of all her patients by ensuring their feet are as healthy as can be. Jessica will make your feet look and feel their best, giving you confidence in a body part that people are often self-conscious about.
Jessica specialises in complex cases: diagnosing, treating and resolving causes of pain allowing patient’s to walk pain-free after weeks, months or years of suffering. She has an excellent success rate specificallyfor the resolution of verrucas.
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At your initial consultation, a medical history and medication is taken along with a complete health assessment of your feet. The initial appointment includes any podiatry treatment that is needed and a personalised care plan is constructed.
A routine follow-up is a 30 minute appointment which includes the treatment of nails, corns and callus. A drill is used to smooth cracked heels followed by a relaxing foot massage to complete the treatment. A routine podiatry treatment is recommended every 6-8 weeks.
Verrucas are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious and often painful. A very strong Salicylic Acid is used which causes very minimal pain compared to all other treatments. The acid burns the verruca and is extremely effective at healing verrucae permanently. If you have a verruca or suspect you might, book an appointment to have it checked before passing it on to someone else or before the verruca spreads to other parts of your foot.
A medical pedicure is a thorough foot treatment and a treat for your feet. Nails, cuticles, hard skin and corns are all treated prior to a relaxing foot massage with luxury creams. The treatment is finished off with the application of a "Dr. Remedies" nail polish of your choice. Medical Pedicures are different from regular "salon pedicures" as they are carried out by a podiatrist and all instruments are sterile, therefore ensuring no cross-contamination, which regular pedicures are infamous for. Furthermore, Dr. Remedies nail polishes contain anti-fungal properties and have zero harmful chemicals which discolour and damage the nail.
During a diabetic assessment the circulation and feeling in the feet are checked to ascertain whether your feet have suffered any circulation or sensation loss. A full medical history, medication check, and thorough foot assessment (including assessment of footwear) is carried out. Tailored diabetic foot care advise is issued and any treatment required is included. It is strongly advised that diabetics get their feet treated by a podiatrist every 2-3 months.
Nail Surgery involves the removal of problematic, ingrowing toenails or nails damaged by trauma. Depending on the nail and extent of the ingrowing toenail, it may be possible to complete a partial nail avulsion which involves only taking the ingrowing section out. In other cases it is best to remove the whole nail. The procedure takes 1 hour to complete from start to finish and involves a local anaesthetic injection. The price includes a 3 day follow-up and 6 week review appointment.
A full Biomechanics Assessment is carried out by taking a history of the onset of pain, duration and exercise levels. A visual gait analysis is then carried out. You are informed whether your feet are pronated, neutral or supernated and how this effects the rest of your body. Any biomechanics issues will be diagnosed and explained. A treatment plan including exercises/stretches and footwear advise is given and insoles will be discussed if appropriate.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which uses the application of pressure and massage to specific reflexes on the feet that correspond to particular areas in the body. The treatment will leave you feeling relaxed, revitalised and more balanced both physically and mentally. Reflexology also encourages healing and is an incredible stress reliever.