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What does a podiatrist do?
Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
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:
- toenail problems
- thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
- athlete’s foot
- smelly feet
- dry and cracked heels
- flat feet
- heel pain
- ageing feet
- sports injuries
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How can a podiatrist help?
You may want to 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 or 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. You put the orthotic device into your shoe to re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot, or simply to make your shoes more comfortable.
Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly. Podiatrists can also help with more complex foot problems including preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise.
What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?
There’s no difference between a podiatrist and chiropodist, but podiatrist is a more modern name.
What happens at the consultation?
At your first consultation, the podiatrist will take a full medical history and do basic tests such as checking the blood circulation and feeling in your feet. They may also check the way you walk and move your lower leg joints. They will discuss your concerns with you and then make a diagnosis and treatment plan. Usually any minor problems that are picked up can be treated on the spot including the removal of hard skin, corns and calluses.
The session is usually completely painless (even pleasant) and takes 30 to 60 minutes.
How can I make sure the podiatrist is qualified?
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 podiatrist or chiropodist is registered. It’s also worth checking that they are a member of one of the following organisations: The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, & British Chiropody and Podiatry Association