What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is defined as the branch of medicine concerned with the lower limb, particularly the foot and ankle.

Podiatrists are able to diagnose, treat and prevent foot problems using physical, mechanical, chemical and surgical therapies.

In order to become a state registered podiatrist a three or four year full time undergraduate course is completed to obtain a BSc (Honours) degree in podiatry.

The medical training undertaken includes the study of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, general medicine and microbiology. Podiatrists also undergo specialised training in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the feet.

What to expect at your first appointment

At your first consultation with a podiatrist a full medical history will be taken. The podiatrist will also need to be aware of any medication you may be taking. The appointment usually lasts 20-30 minutes. Any treatment and further treatment plans will be discussed in full during your first appointment.

Services offered

Our range of services for patients include; Treatment of Corns, Callus and hard skin, Nail cutting, In Grown Toe-nail Surgery, Gait Analysis, Orthoses, Diabetic foot care, Verruca treatment, diagnosis and treatment for Foot pain, Podopaediatrics (treatment of children's foot problems).

Is there a difference between Chiropody and Podiatry?

There is no difference. A podiatrist is the internationally recognised name for foot specialists. Quite often non-state registered foot specialists will refer to themselves as chiropodists.

To ensure that you receive treatment from a professional state registered podiatrist make sure to check their registration here www.hpcheck.org.