What's the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

We'll explain it for you!

Podiatry is the management of disease and disorders of the lower limbs; the key role of the podiatrist is maintaining a patient's mobility and independence. Podiatrists treat a complex range of conditions using a variety of techniques to manage painful foot conditions and often have the ability to provide immediate pain relief.

However, managing painful feet is merely part of the role of the podiatrist. These foot health specialists are trained in a complex range of skills that can be used to manage many conditions.

Podiatry is the modern term for the profession formerly known as chiropody; it is a dynamic and skilled profession with most practitioners having completed a three or four year degree programme. Podiatrists are members of the Allied Health Professions (which encompasses professionals such as occupational therapists, radiographers and physiotherapists) and are regulated by the Government appointed Health Professions Council.

The majority of a podiatrists work, in general, is to treat and relieve pain in order to keep patients mobile, however, a smaller but growing proportion work as specialists or consultants. Podiatrists also work in different settings such as private practice, the NHS and the retail or leisure industry. Some Podiatrists work within higher education or research and development.

One of the most rewarding aspects of our profession is to see patients walking out of our clinics pain free, so as soon as you get a problem with your feet, visit your podiatrist straight away.

And always take time to think about your feet, look after them - they're an essential tool for everyday life and they can't be replaced.

Our treatments could help you and your feet be free of pain! Call us now on
0131 229 5986 or
0131 339 5428

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