Updated: Nov 12, 2020
What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatry is the field of medicine where the practitioner is known as a Podiatrist. Our specialism is the knowledge of the foot and lower-limb function and health.
We are trained to degree level and receive our qualification in Podiatric medicine. Once qualified it is a requirement to register with the regulating body for Health Care Professionals. In the United Kingdom the regulating body is called the HCPC. A registered Podiatrist can be searched on the register of the HCPC and will display within their clinic and literature their registration number and the recognised logo of the HCPC. My HCPC registration number is CH32605.
In addition I am a member of The College of Podiatry a body that sets academic and clinical standards, promotes research and education and raises awareness of foot health.
Are you like a Chiropodist?
Yes we are. In fact in reality both names refer to the same profession. Around the world the word Podiatrist has been the accepted title. In the UK, Chiropodist was the more common title. In the 1990's British Academic institutions moved to bring the UK in line with the rest of the world. Many Podiatrists who have qualified since the 1990's use their qualification to specialise in specific areas of Podiatry for example, advanced wound care, biomechanics or rehabilitation.
And finally, So what do you actually do?
A Podiatrist is trained to, diagnose, treat and prevent complications and conditions of the foot and lower limb. We can also prevent, correct and manage irregularities of the foot, treat infection and assist people of all ages and activity to remain mobile. If you cannot manage your feet at home it may be time to consult with a HCPC registered Podiatrist.