Chiropodist vs podiatrist?

I find clients are still a little confused about the perceived difference between the two terms  – chiropody and podiatry – when in fact they are the same discipline.  Chiropody underwent a name change in 1993 and is now known as podiatry.

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The reason for this?  A podiatrist is internationally-recognised as a foot specialist, so it makes sense for all practitioners to be under the same name umbrella.

In my opinion it was a positive change, as the science of podiatry is continually evolving.  Podiatrists diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases of the foot – but are also specialists of lower limb disorders.

The training of podiatrists is constantly evolving, and is now an accepted medical based discipline.  An intense four-year degree course, followed by post graduation continuing education enables podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb conditions.

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Some podiatrists choose to specialise in the area they find most rewarding whilst others practice general podiatry. Some specialist areas:

Biomechanics – joint alignment

Orthotics – custom made insoles/shoes

Podopaediatrics – lower limb disorders in children

Surgery – an increasing amount of foot surgery is performed by specialist Podiatrists

Sports injuries – Podiatrists often work alongside physiotherapists

Personally, I am passionate about technological advances that have impacted on podiatry.  Laser science is the most dramatic, offering massive benefits to those suffering from nail infections of all kinds. The ‘cold’ Lunula Laser is revolutionising nail fungus treatment and, by using variable light energy, the procedure is both pain free and effective – a very exciting development!

No longer an enclave of the elderly, men and women of all ages consult podiatrists for a variety of conditions.  As with most medical problems, prevention is better than cure so make sure you look after yourself – and your feet!
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer

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Martine Abrahams

An expert in podiatry, Martine Abrahams BSc(Hons) MChS, HPC-registered, opened The London Nail Laser Clinic in 2009 with her husband Michael – also a podiatrist. With more than 16 years’ clinical experience, Martine has developed a reputation as the UK's nail laser expert, and is often seen speaking on the peer convention circuit. Already pioneers of the PinPointe Foot Laser, The London Nail Laser Clinic is now the first in the UK to house the Lunula or ‘Cold’ Laser system. Not just a nail laser clinic, however, the London Nail Laser Clinic is well-positioned to become the centre of excellence for all foot-related issues. If you’d like to get in touch with Martine, she can be contacted in the following ways Online: www.thelondonnaillaserclinic.co.uk Post: The London Nail Laser Clinic, 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF Tel: 02074678542 Email: info@naillaserclinic.co.uk

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An expert in podiatry, Martine Abrahams BSc(Hons) MChS, HPC-registered, opened The London Nail Laser Clinic in 2009 with her husband Michael – also a podiatrist. With more than 16 years’ clinical experience, Martine has developed a reputation as the UK's nail laser expert, and is often seen speaking on the peer convention circuit. Already pioneers of the PinPointe Foot Laser, The London Nail Laser Clinic is now the first in the UK to house the Lunula or ‘Cold’ Laser system. Not just a nail laser clinic, however, the London Nail Laser Clinic is well-positioned to become the centre of excellence for all foot-related issues. If you’d like to get in touch with Martine, she can be contacted in the following ways Online: www.thelondonnaillaserclinic.co.uk Post: The London Nail Laser Clinic, 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF Tel: 02074678542 Email: info@naillaserclinic.co.uk

3 Comments

  1. Cooper Pie  /  11 March, 2013, 10:42 pm Reply

    Thanks for the post, and when I learned the difference between the two. I learned that chiropodists help with all different of foot problems. While podiatrists specialize in certain fields.

  2. Martine Abrahams  /  10 April, 2013, 10:13 am Reply

    The terms Chiropodist and Podiatrist are now used interchangeably in the UK. Anyone qualifying nowadays will become a Podiatrist but might still call themselves a Chiropodist, as I do. Podiatry is a fairly new term that was brought over from the USA and is not widely known by members of the public in the UK. Both titles, Chiropodist and Podiatrist, are protected in the UK which means that you may not call yourselves by either of these names unless properly qualified and registered with HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council. Traditionally a Chiropodist would treat foot symptoms as and when they arose whilst a Podiatrist had a larger scope of practice and would be able to work out why the symptoms were occurring and treat the cause, thus eliminating the symptoms altogether.

  3. Pcarlow David  /  3 July, 2013, 9:58 am Reply

    Fascinating information I haven’t been experienced such information in quite a long time.
    http://www.stalybridgechiropodist.co.uk/contact

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