What is the difference between a Podiatrist and Chiropodist?
If you have foot issues, your GP may have recommended that you make an appointment with a podiatrist or Chiropodist.
Are they different disciplines? The answer is no; they both refer to the same profession, although the term podiatrist is used more frequently these days.
The reason why the name changed is quite amusing. It was done to avoid confusion with chiropractors, which has a similar spelling.
You do find some people calling them 'foot doctors', although this isn't an official term :)
Whatever you call them, they can treat a range of foot issues, from the simple removal of hard skin to more complex procedures such as foot surgery.
Podiatrists will also be able to provide customised orthotics to correct pronation of the foot or correct flat arches.
If you are looking for help with a foot issue, the NHS has a directory you can search by postcode to find a Podiatrist in your local area.
Your feet will be in good hands as the sector is heavily regulated. The governing body is the Royal College of Podiatry is in the UK and you need to be qualified to be able to call yourself a podiatrist or Chiropodist.
To qualify, you must complete a 3-4 year degree course and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) .
If you are not sure if a podiatrist can help you, here is a list of the most common foot problems they can help you with:
- Hard skin and calluses
- Ingrown Toe Nails
- Nail maintenance if you are unable to clip your toe nails
- Stiff big toe (Hallux Rigidus)
- Orthotics for flat feet
- Orthotics for pronation (foot turns inward or outward when walking)
- Diabetic foot care
- Hammer toes
- Heel pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Foot issues caused by Osteoarthritis
- Foot issues caused by Rheumatoid arthritis
As you can see, they can help with a wide range of issues - but as mentioned earlier, they cannot help you with back pain!
Many local podiatrists recommend our wide fitting shop in Wembley (thank you for your referrals!), as correctly fitted footwear is crucial in managing ongoing foot conditions and stopping issues such as heel pain from reoccuring.
Ensuring your toes have enough room to wiggle and that your feet are cushioned and supported are key to happy feet.
You are always welcome to book an appointment with us for a free private consultation or visit our shop on walk-in days where no appointment is necessary.