Podiatrists can be thought of as a type of foot doctor. They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems including..
A podiatrist or chiropodist can help you with common foot problems, including toenails and bunions.
There’s no difference between a chiropodist or podiatrist, but podiatrist is a more modern name.
You may see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling of peeling on the soles or any other foot related problem.
Podiatrists can also supply orthotics which are tailor made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain.
Even if your feet are in generally good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin removed, or treat yourself or a family member to our medical pedicures.
Anyone who calls themselves a podiatrist or chiropodist must register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Go to the HCPC website to check if your podiatrisit is registered.
If your foot problems are so bad that you find it difficult to walk, it may be best that you request a home visit.
These can also be provided for anyone who is in a care or residential home or even in hospital.