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Podiatry....what is it?

Podiatry, Podiatrist, Chiropody, Chiropodist.

Some of you may recognise the terms. Others may recall an elderly relative mentioning going to a ‘Chiropodist’ to get their ‘corns done’. Or some of you may never have heard the term!

To put it simply. Podiatrists are health professionals which specialise in the lower limbs and feet.

They are able to offer a wide range of specialisms to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet.

Podiatrists don’t ‘just’ treat the ‘elderly’! They are able to treat from birth to old age - and everything in between!

Podiatrists are able to treat and assess individuals with a variety of conditions.

These can range from common skin conditions such as fungal infections, psoriasis, eczema, problem nails and hard skin (callus and corns). And more complex issues such as diabetic ulcerations.

They are also able to assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb. Such as heel pain (often known as plantar fasciitis), achilles tendon issues, flat feet, bunions, hammer toes. Podiatrists also assess and treat young children with musculoskeletal lower limb issues.

Podiatrists carry out minor surgery with local anaesthetic (for example the removal of ingrown toenails).

Podiatrists also specialise in the care of people with complex conditions such as Diabetes which may cause lifelong issues. Podiatrists are able to carry out assessments which include testing for signs of neuropathy (loss of sensation), circulation and check unusual lesions on the feet which may be of concern.

In other words, we don't just cut toe nails!

Chiropodist is simply the ‘older’ name for the profession. And as with most medical professions, there have been significant advances in the profession since the early days!

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When looking for an appropriately qualified and insured Podiatrist. You will notice that they are registered with ‘The College of Podiatry’, and ‘The HCPC’. Checking this ensures that you are seeing a medical professional that has completed at least a 3 year Bsc (Hons) Podiatry and is therefore appropriately qualified and insured to assess and treat you.

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