What is podiatry/chiropody?

Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals, trained to diagnosis and treat of diseases and disorders of the foot and lower limb. Podiatrists aim to improve peoples quality of life by reducing pain, reducing risk of infection and by keeping people active and mobile.

What’s the difference between podiatry and chiropody?

In the UK the official name changed from chiropody to podiatry to come in line with the international community. Both titles have the same meaning and both are protected titles, meaning a practitioner must have completed a recognised training course and be registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) in order to be called a podiatrist or chiropodist.

Common problems a podiatrist treat:

  • Cutting thickened and deformed nails.
  • Removal of problematic callus and corns.
  • Assessment and care of diabetic feet.
  • Treating ingrowing toe nails.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of fungal nail and skin conditions.
  • Treatment of verrucas.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of biomechanical injuries.