Podiatry (also known as chiropody) is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists (chiropodists) of diseases and other disorders of the feet. They can be thought of as like a foot doctor. 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. It is also perfect those who just simply can’t reach their feet!
You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles or any other foot-related problem.
Podiatrists can also supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain. You put the orthotic device into your shoe to re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot or simply to make your shoes more comfortable.
Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly.
Podiatrists are highly trained professionals registered by the Health Professionals Council (HCPC) that have trained solely in the area of the foot and lower limb for several years. In order to become an HCPC registered practitioner a podiatrist will have undertaken and passed a full time degree in podiatry at one of thirteen schools of podiatry within the UK or will have met stringent entrance criteria set by the HCPC
Treatments Available from a Podiatrist
- Nail care
- Callous removal
- Treatment of corns
- Debridement of (but not active treatment of verrucas)
- Advice on skin and nail conditions such as athlete’s foot.
- Postural / ergonomic correction
- Biomechanical analysis and correction
- Assessment and care of the diabetic foot.
If you would like further information or to book a consultation, please contact the clinic on 0117 961 2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org