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  • Writer's pictureJames Oliver

What is a Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a medical specialist who can help with problems with your feet or lower legs. Podiatrists need to have completed a podiatry degree which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). During their training, they will undertake a large amount of practical training with patients. When they have finished their training, a podiatrist needs to continuously update their knowledge and skills throughout their career and stay registered with the HCPC

A podiatrist can treat a huge variety of problems with your feet and lower legs, including but not limited to:

  • Toenail reconstruction – the restoration of a previously damaged nail for cosmetic purposes.

  • Verruca and wart removal.

  • Nail surgery – perhaps to correct ingrowing toenails or to remove damaged/diseased toenails.

  • Corns, verrucas, fungal infections.

  • Orthotics – these are custom made insoles that reduce symptoms from biomechanical problems.

Whats the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

There is no difference! ‘Podiatrist’ is the most common and up-to-date term. The name was changed in the UK in 1993 because podiatry is the internationally recognised name for a foot specialist

When should you visit a podiatrist?

A podiatrist can treat any number of foot health issues, so whether you have pain while walking or foot hygiene problems, an appointment with one is sure to help you! You don’t need a referral from a GP to seek a private consultation, so you can book an appointment at your leisure. It’s worthwhile to book an appointment even if you don’t think you have any issues – just like you would with a dentist. The podiatrist will be able to check your general foot health and recommend any treatments or therapies to keep them in tip-top condition. Your feet can tell you a lot about your health. It’s not only for the sake of your feet that it’s important to visit a podiatrist if you notice something concerning your feet. Many other conditions, such as diabetes, affect and manifest in your feet.

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