Chiropody/Podiatry

The professional care of feet was in existence in ancient Egypt as there is evidence shown in carvings at the entrance of tombs dating back to 2400 BC.

 

A Chiropodist/Podiatrist or foot doctor is a person devoted to the study and medical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

 

The term Podiatrist originated in North America and has now become the accepted norm in the English speaking world. In the United Kingdom the word “Chiropodist” is often used, but the titles “podiatrist” and “chiropodist” are interchangeable, with the term “podiatrist” becoming more favoured within the profession. Completing a degree in the United Kingdom gives the graduate a BSc (hons) in podiatry.

However, they may not call themselves a podiatrist or chiropodist until they register with the Health Professions Council.

 

The scope of practice is sports injuries and biomechanics, foot and nail surgery, foot health education, congenital and acquired deformities e.g. flat foot, tarsal coalitions, bunions, ankle instability, treatment of verrucae, corns and callus, chilblains, ingrowing toe nails, toe nail and skin infections.

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