What is Chiropody/Podiatry?

Chiropody/Podiatry is treatment for disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. There are 26 bones in each foot – a quarter of all the bones in the body! We tend to take our feet for granted but the foot is a highly complex structure that can develop problems that can affect a person’s overall health and well-being.

Podiatrists/Chiropodists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower limb disorders. Some foot problems can result in serious and devastating consequences. Podiatrists work with people of all ages including athletes, children, the elderly and people at risk of foot ulceration.

Treatments ranges from simple nail care to nail surgery, from the mechanical correction of gait and posture to more complex surgical techniques. Effective practice requires a strong combination of practical skills and academic ability.

Treatments offered

In-growing toenails
Heel and forefoot pain
Verrucae advice & treatment
Athletes foot & nail problems
Corns, callus, skin fissures & other skin conditions
Routine care of high-risk patients, including Diabetics
Relief of pain caused by deformities and dysfunctions
Bio-mechanical assessments with semi-custom or custom made orthotics
Creams and foot files can also be purchased

The importance of choosing a State Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist

Presently anyone can set up in private practice as a Podiatrist with little or no training so it is important to take the following into account:

State registration is the standard set by the Government through the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine.
To become state registered a 3-year BSc degree course in Podiatry must be completed at a recognised training centre.
State registration is the only standard acceptable to the NHS.
Only state registered Chiropodists/Podiatrists can be employed by the NHS.
State registered Chiropodists/Podiatrists have the letters SRCh after their name.