Podiatry

Podiatry

What is Chiropody/Podiatry?

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.

Chiropodists/Podiatrists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower limb disorders. Podiatrists work with people of all ages including athletes, children and the elderly.

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 & treatments:
    • Salicylic acid
    • Silver nitrate
    • Cryo therapy
    • Pyragallol / phenol
  • 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.

General Osteopathic Council The British Acupuncture Council Health and Care Professions Council The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists