What do podiatrists and chiropodists do and is there a difference between the two?
A chiropodist or podiatrist is a specialist foot health practitioner. Podiatry is the modern term used by foot health practitioners qualified in podiatric medicine and is internationally recognised. Podiatrist as a title started to be used in Ireland and the UK back in 1993.
In fact, no one has qualified as a chiropodist in Ireland since the degree course in Podiatric Medicine started in NUI Galway in 2008.
In Ireland Chiropodists and Podiatrists can be registered and insured with either the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists of Ireland or with the UK College of Podiatry and they will soon also have to be registered with CORU Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator.
Professional care of feet was available in ancient Egypt as seen in carvings at the entrance to tombs dating from about 2400 BC where work on hands and feet is depicted.
Corns and callus were described by Hippocrates who recognized the need to physically reduce hard skin, followed by removal of the cause.
The profession has come a long way since then! The role of a Chiropodist or Podiatrist is in the assessment, treatment and advise for you on how to look after your feet and legs and what’s the best footwear for you to use.
Podiatrists and chiropodists look after and treat common foot problems, nail conditions, flat feet, heel pain, ingrowing toenails, bunions, cracked heels, sports injuries and waling and running problems.
What can you expect during treatment with a Chiropodist or Podiatrist?
If you have foot issues from minor to serious then you should visit a chiropody or podiatry clinic. You’ll be thoroughly assessed and give professional advice on what’s the best treatment for you and the ways that you can best take care of your feet.
A podiatrist of chiropodist could recommend that you wear certain types of shoes or they may advise you to wear specialist orthotic insoles. Orthotics are insoles inserted into shoes to correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. They range from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts which allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and more comfortably.
While over-the counter orthotics are widely available and may help with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are not custom made to fit an individual’s unique foot structure.
If you have discoloured or thickened nails caused by fungal infections then you may be suitable for the Lacuna Method. This specialist treatment is a simple and effective treatment for fungal nails.
Prevention is better than cure and our chiropodists and podiatrist emphasise this importance in all their treatment plans. So if you are having any problems with you feet or legs then you should make an appointment as you don’t want the problem to become worse. Especially if you have foot pain and don’t want it to have a knock-on effect into your knees, hips or back.
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