Interesting fact: The term Chiropody is a term that was used primarily in the UK, with Podiatry being the more international and modern terminology that is used nowadays.
A podiatrist (sometimes known as a Chiropodist) is an allied health professional, trained to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of the lower limb, foot and ankle. Podiatrists work either in the NHS or as independent private practitioners and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Our feet have the important job of bearing our entire body weight, which is a lot to ask of them every day. Nonetheless we can take our feet for granted until we experience problems with them. Because our feet are key to our mobility, independence and quality of life, we need them to get out and about for aspects of our work, social and family life, looking after them with regular foot care is a vital part of looking after our overall health and wellbeing.
Podiatrist services include:
– Nail cutting and removal of hard skin (calluses) and corns.
– Advice and treatment for difficult, painful toenails – treatment for fungal nail infections
– Verruca treatments for adults and children (subject to assessment)
– Footwear advice
– Heel pain and plantar fasciitis
– Diabetic foot checks
– General foot care advice.