What is a Chiropodist?
Chiropodists or Podiatrists specialise in assessing, diagnosing and treating
abnormalities and diseases of the lower limb. They are trained to alleviate,
prevent and correct these disorders and provide professional advice on
proper foot care to patients of all ages and walks of life.
Typical work activities and services provided by Chiropodists include
(but are not limited to):
- Treatment of dermatological and other foot related problems such
as corns, callouses, verrucas, in-growing toenails, and fungal infections.
- Long-term management of chronic disorders
- Therapeutic techniques, such as minor surgery using local anaesthesia
- Monitoring and managing foot problems and deformities caused by diseases
such as rheumatoid arthritis and advising and treating patients at high
risk of foot problems and amputations such as sufferers of diabetes.
- Analysing a person's walk or run and correcting anatomical relationships
between different segments of the foot by prescribing, producing and
fitting orthotics and other aids and appliances
- Delivering foot healthcare education, particularly to the more vulnerable
groups in society such as the homeless, elderly and children
- Working closely with other medical practitioners, for example, orthopaedic
specialists, GPs and health visitors in providing health care.
There are several professional bodies governing and teaching Chiropody
in the UK so by choosing a State Registered Chiropodist you are assured
of receiving the highest standard of professional treatment from a
Professional who has attended a fulltime 4-year course.