What is Podiatry and Chiropody?

A Podiatrist or Chiropodist are one of the same thing, those specialising in this area of medicine are devoted to the study of diagnosis and medical treatment of disorders to the foot, ankle and lower limb. Podiatrists and Chiropodists are therefore concerned with both the prevention and cure of foot disorders.

What does a Podiatrist and Chiropodist do?

Podiatrists and Chiropodists are health care professionalBiomechanicss who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity secondary to conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections, carry out diabetic foot screening, treat and prevent foot ulceration, thereby improving the quality of life of our valued service users.

How can a Podiatrist help me?

We can help with the following:

  • Painful feet
  • Thickened or discoloured toenails
  • Cracks or cuts in the skin
  • Growths such as warts and verrucae
  • Scaling or peeling on the soles
  • Ingrowing toenails
  • Toenail cutting
  • Tailor made orthotics

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 can also help with more complex foot problems including preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise.

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