Miles Cowan Bsc (Hons) Ost Bsc (Hons) Pod MChS Dip FTST

State registered Osteopath & Podiatrist

 Corona virus: Update

The clinic has been completely shut since the Prime Minister made his initial announcement to ‘lock down’ the county on the 23rd of March. Following the latest guidelines that have just been released, I am now able to see patients but only under specific circumstances. I will need to assess and triage each individual patient prior to booking an appointment and carrying out any treatment. Please call me so that I can discuss this with you. If I don’t answer the phone, I will get back to you asap, so please do leave a message.


Podiatry & Osteopathy in Shaftesbury, North Dorset:

Hi, welcome to my website.  My clinic is located on the outskirts of Shaftesbury on the Wincombe Business Park. I treat people of all ages and stages of life, mainly from around Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Mere and the surrounding areas of North Dorset and the Wiltshire border.

I am a dual qualified osteopath and podiatrist and have statutory registration with the HCPC and the GOSC. I have been in clinical practice for the past 18 years and I have an extensive experience working in private practice and in the National Health Service. I provide a comprehensive range of services, including chiropody, podiatry and osteopathy treatments.

I understand that when you are in pain, or you have any kind of problem that is effecting your body, you want to get it seen to quickly. I do therefore, make every effort to see you as soon as possible, to help resolve the problem swiftly.


There is an easy online booking system, where you can make an appointment at your convenience (see link at top of page). If you are unable to find a date and time that suits, please call me or send me an email. I will get back to you asap, to try and offer you a time that fits in better with your schedule. I can arrange later appointments for anyone who is unable to come between the hours of 9am- 5pm, due to work. I also offer a home visiting service.

Please note, that I will likely be treating patients during the day, so I may well not answer your call if you phone me. Please leave a message on my voicemail and I will phone you back.

 I treat all areas of the body and can help with problems affecting tendons, ligaments, muscles, as well as joints and bones. 

High standards of hygiene are maintained within the clinic, in accord with official guidelines. All chiropody instruments are professionally cleaned in an ultrasonic bath, using a chemical cleaner that removes all particulate’s and residues, to clean down to the molecular level. The instruments are then vacuum packed into individual sterile pouches,  placed in an autoclave and steam cleaned at a high temperature to kill off any pathogens and virus’s.

Surfaces such as over treatment tables & chairs, are wiped down and cleaned with disinfectant, in between patient appointments.


available treatments

How can Miles help you?

Podiatry & Chiropody:

There is a professional chiropody surgery in the practice, with all the latest technology and equipment, which I use to diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions effecting the feet. Here is a quick summary of the kind of treatments that I provide:

  • I carry out routine foot care such as nail cutting, corn, hard skin (callus) removal and treatment for cracked (fissured) heels.
  • I can help with painful ingrowing toenails, which can be treated under local anaesthesia, using minor surgical procedures, know as a partial nail avulsion or a total nail ablation.
  • I treat stubborn fungal nail infections through a highly effective method that get’s right to the source of the problem.
  •  I use a number of methods, including laser therapy, to initiate an immune response, that attacks the viral infection that causes verruca’s. 

  • I provide diabetic foot care, including treatment of plantar ulceration and diagnostic testing for neuropathy and circulatory issues associated with diabetes mellitus.
  • I offer expert advise and treatment for people suffering from heel pain and use shockwave therapy, tool assisted massage and foot manipulation to treat this condition.
  • I prescribe special insoles (orthotics) that provide support to the feet and help to make walking more comfortable.
  • I carry out in depth assessments or biomechanical analysis to diagnose the underlying causes of foot problems and dysfunction of the lower limb and the body as a whole.



The other part of my practice is dedicated to osteopathy and helping patients with a range of painful musculoskeletal conditions. I use a gentle, holistic ‘hands on’ approach, to treat the body as a whole. This includes joint mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue massage techniques, to decrease pain and stiffness and to increase mobility in the body.

I also use dry needling and laser acupuncture, to help resolve pain and tension in the muscles and connective tissues of the body. This is very effective in targeting specific areas in muscles that can develop acutely tender, taut bands of fibrotic tissue, otherwise known as ‘trigger points.’

Another method I use to treat tight muscles is called ‘Tool Assisted Massage.’ These instruments are great for ironing out knots in muscles and for breaking down adhesions within fascia and other connective tissues. The tools act as useful diagnostic devices, similar in some ways to the needle on a record player, as they magnify the feeling of tension  and drag from the underlying tissues.

Specific exercises can also be prescribed to help manage chronic back pain, to improve range of motion in the joints and to maintain flexibility throughout the body.

Here is a brief summary of some of the types of problems I can help with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain 
  • Sciatica and trapped nerves
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Peripheral joint problems, such as shoulder, elbow, hip & knee pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Pulled muscles, tendons and ligaments


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Where to find me

Shaftesbury, North Dorset