What is the difference between podiatry and chiropody?
A chiropodist or podiatrist is a specialised foot doctor who treats people suffering from lower limb or common foot problems including ingrown toenails and bunions. To be honest, there is no major difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist; however people usually confuse the two. This is because podiatry was the new name given to chiropody in 1993. Both specialists are seen and considered as foot doctors in the UK due to having the same qualifications and experience.
Both professions offer you advice on how to take care of your feet and the type of shoes that you need to wear. As well as this, chiropodists and podiatrists treat foot problems and calluses, corns, verrucas, smelly feet, athlete’s feet and cracked heels. Finally, they can help to ease the pain for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers and diabetic foot.
How do they treat you?
Chiropodists and podiatrists treat a range of minor and serious foot issues including:
- Ingrown toenails
- Smelly feet
- Athletes feet
- Cracked heels
They also might give you advice on what shoes to wear or orthotic inserts to help you with your condition. In case your feet are flat or there are high arches in your feet then a chiropodist or podiatrist can provide you with customised support that is suitable for our feet so that you feel comfortable walking and doing daily activities.
Orthotics are a custom made insoles that are used to minimise the symptoms that result from biomechanical problems. These insoles are provided usually to control excessive pronation called fallen arches and flat feet. However, they can be useful for many other conditions.