What is Podiatry?
Podiatry (also known as chiropody is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists (chiropodists) of diseases and other disorders of the feet.
Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
When do I need to see a podiatrist / chiropodist ?
If your feet hurt, something is wrong. In this case we recommend that you visit a professional podiatrist, who can advise you on the best course of treatment. You can also prevent foot problems before they occur by visiting a local podiatrist for adviceon how to keep your feet healthyand in top condition. We recommend that youhave a regular foot health checkwith your Podiatrist.
Podiatrists are highly trainedprofessionals registered by theHealth Professionals Council (HPC)that have trained solely in the areaof the foot and lower limb forseveral years. In order to becomean HPC registered practitioner apodiatrist will have undertakenand passed a full time degree inpodiatry at one of thirteen schoolsof podiatry within the UK or willhave met stringent entrancecriteria set by the HPC.Health Professionals Council (HPC)
The HPC is an UK-wide regulatorybody, which regulates 13 healthprofessions. Since July 2005, onlythose chiropodists and podiatristswho have satisfied the criteria forregistration with the HPC can callthemselves a chiropodist andpodiatrist. To use these titles whennot on the register is an offence.
All members of the Society thatare practising chiropodists andpodiatrists are members of the HPC.
A podiatrist can treat or advise you on:
- Ageing feet
- Athlete’s Foot
- Diabetes (foot related)
- Fungal infections
- Heel pain
- Insoles (orthotics)
- Ingrown toenails
- Laser therapy
- Podopaediatrics (children’s feet)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports medicine
- Sweaty feet
- Toe deformities
- Toenail cutting
- Walking and hiking
- Working feet