What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare, allied to medicine which involves care and maintenance of foot and lower limb conditions.

As podiatrists our aim is to improve the independence, mobility and general quality of life of our patients.

A podiatrist can treat on a whole host of foot and foot related conditions. Click here for further information.

Who needs to see a podiatrist?

This is simple – if your feet hurt then this is the way of your body telling you that something is wrong. Foot problems can also be prevented by visiting a podiatrist regularly for a foot health check-up. Remember prevention is always better than a cure!

Our podiatrists are qualified to use either the term ‘podiatrist’ or ‘chiropodist’. Podiatry is the same name as foot specialists overseas and also reflects the full extent of our scope of practice and training.

The importance of seeing a Health Professions Council registered Podiatrist

The law changed in 2003 regarding the registration of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. All of our Podiatrists were also known as State Registered Chiropodists prior to this change. Only practitioners who have satisfied the criteria for registration with the HPC can use the title of Podiatrist or Chiropodist. It is an offence to use these titles if not on the HPC register.

We are all registered by the Health Professions Council www.hpc-uk.org, which regulates a number of healthcare professions in the UK.

We are also members of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists www.feetforlife.org.

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