The role of the podiatrist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education and thereby improving one’s quality of life.
Podiatry is simply the new name for Chiropody. The name was changed
in 1993 it is the international recognised name for a foot specialist. Students
undertake extensive training over 3 years to obtain an Honours Degree. Podiatrists treat a
huge range of foot and lower limb problems. Along with day to day treatments for corns and hard skin, specialties exist within the profession for almost any lower limb problem.
Assess and treat all foot problems, ranging from corn and callus to deformity.
Analyse a person's walk or run and correct any abnormalities through prescription of orthotics. Orthotics are made insoles which can be prescribed to achieve this.
Monitor and manage foot problems and deformities caused by diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Advise and treat patients with a high risk of foot problems such as people who suffer from Diabetes.
HCPC Registration means registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. This is the regulatory body for
Chiropody/Podiatry and others in the Allied Health Professions. Registration with the HCPC ensures the practitioner
meets certain minimum standards of education.
Does it matter who i see?
Yes! You must always ensure that your Podiatrist is HCPC Registered as the Health and Care Professions Council regulate
the standards of proficiency in order to protect members of the public.