What is Podiatry?
Podiatry (used to be known as Chiropody) is a specialist area of healthcare that deals with the health of the foot, ankle and lower limb. Our feet are extremely important, and if something is wrong with them it can cause issues for our whole bodies. These problems can affect the quality of our lives.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a highly trained medical practitioner who is trained to treat injuries and other conditions of the feet and lower limbs. A podiatrists aim is to help improve a patients mobility and quality of life through their professional examination, diagnosis and treatment.
You might know them by their “older” name – chiropodists. Podiatrists and chiropodists are exactly the same, but the term ‘podiatrist’ has been used more often in the UK since the 1990’s. Your podiatrist should be a member of the Royal College of Podiatry, which is the regulatory body for podiatrists and chiropodists in the UK.
When should I see a podiatrist?
You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, corns or calluses, verrucas, ingrowing toe nails or any other concern you have regarding your feet. Visiting regularly can help to ensure that your feet are in the best condition, and will help to prevent any future problems.
What treatment can I get at Warley Grange Health?
Some of the areas of podiatry we cover at Warley Grange Health are (click on the links for more information):