All you need to know about a Chiropodist

All you need to know about a Chiropodist

A chiropodist, sometimes referred to as a podiatrist, provides comprehensive advice as well as treatment in the areas concerning the health of feet but can also treat issues relating to hips, knees and ankles.

An experienced Chiropodist can help with problems such as ingrowing toenails, sports injuries, flat arches and musculoskeletal issues.

When To See A Chiropodist?

There are several issues that can sometimes require the immediate attention of a Chiropodist, and if left untreated can lead to unnecessary discomfort or pain.

Some of the common foot problems include:

  • Corns and callus – hard skin on the feet can be painful and if left untreated can lead to sore pressure points or corns.  Professional care and attention may be required to remove the hard skin from a chiropodist.
  • Toenail discomfort – sometimes people can struggle to reach and trim their toenails. If toenails are left uncut or are trimmed incorrectly the potential of getting a painful in growing toenail is increased. If you struggle to trim your toenails correctly a chiropodist can do this for you.
  • Yellow toenails – discoloration of the toenails may be caused by a fungus of the nail. It can be treated effectively by a qualified chiropodist.
  • Heel pain – heel pain can make walking very difficult. By using biomechanical assessments, the cause of the heal pain can be diagnosed and treated.

Diabetes is an increasing problem in the UK. Chiropodists play a key role in the foot health of people suffering with diabetes. It is recommended that people who are diabetic visit a chiropodist regularly to avoid unnecessary complications.

Professional Foot Specialist

Chiropodists/podiatrists are highly trained foot specialist professionals. They have trained for a minimum of three years at degree level giving them a high level of understanding when it comes to feet. When choosing a chiropodist it is advised to check if they are registered with the HCPC governing body.