Podiatrist is the internationally recognised name for a foot specialist and is replacing the use of the word chiropodist, which originally described a person who treated hands and feet.
Podiatry is a medical speciality, which focuses on the treatment, management and diagnosis of lower limb and foot injuries and ailments. Advice and treatments that are available include:
What can podiatry help?
Podiatry / chiropody can help with a wide range of foot and lower limb conditions and disorders.
- Nail management
- Ingrown toenail eradication
- Removal of corns and callous
- Verrucae and warts
- Biomechanical examination
- Provision of insoles and orthotics
- Foot treatment for patients suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and poor circulation
- Nail surgery
Professional treatment is offered for corns and callous, difficult and ingrown toenails, gait analysis, biomechanics, insoles and orthotics, diabetic and rheumatoid patient foot care.
A visit to a podiatrist can dramatically improve mobility and maintain fit, active and pain free feet. You do not need to be referred by your GP.
HCPC (Health Professions Council) registration is the standard, set by the Government, which indicates that a podiatrist is properly qualified. To reach this standard, a podiatrist must now complete a three-year full time course, leading to a BSc degree in Podiatry.
Previously, State Registered Podiatrist (SRCh) was used, but this has now been replaced by ‘HCPC registered’. HCPC registration is the only standard acceptable to allow a podiatrist to work for the NHS. You should not accept anything less.
In fact, it’s now against the law for a practitioner to call themselves a Podiatrist or Chiropodist without being HCPC registered. To check that your health professional is registered visit www.hpc-uk.org.