What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who are foot specialists who aim to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients.
The profession of podiatry has developed to become a medical speciality dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb. Podiatry has developed a broad scope of practice focusing on the use of scientific principals for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of a wide range of lower limb disorders affecting all age groups.
There is no difference between a 'Chiropodist' and a 'Podiatrist' and between 'Chiropody' and 'Podiatry'.
Within the UK both titles are now legally protected titles and are regulated by the Health Professions Council who register professionals who meet set standards for their professional skills, behaviour and health.
'Chiropodist' is a title no longer used in the rest of the English speaking world so the profession in the UK has gradually been adopting the title 'Podiatrist' in line with practice elsewhere.
Foot Health Clinic uses the newer words podiatrist and podiatry.
Podiatry should be your first port of call if you have a foot problem, you do not require a referral from your doctor in order to seek a private consultation which can be done directly.