What is Chiropody?
Chiropody is the treatment of dermatological, nail and foot-related conditions. These are some of the conditions that chiropody can help with:
- Ageing feet
- Athletes foot
- Diabetes (foot related conditions)
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Nail surgery
- Sweaty feet
- Toe deformities
- Toenail cutting
What's the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?
In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as it's the international recognised name for a foot specialist and also as it's slightly more appropriate; 'podiatry' refers just to feet while 'chiropody' refers to both feet and hands. However some podiatrists (or chiropodists) specialise in certain areas of podiatry. So if you are suffering from an ingrown toenail or a verrucae then you need to see one of podiatrists who specialises in this area. When you phone to make an appointment at the clinic be sure to state this to the receptionist so that we can book you in with the correct person. Confused? Please don't be! Feel free to phone our clinic and one of our receptionists will be happy to discuss your condition and what you will need to alleviate your symptoms.
What is Podiatry (or Chiropody)?
Podiatrists are health care professionals who provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of patients with foot and lower limb injuries. They are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to assess and treat the lower limb for biomechanical deformities and musculoskeletal injuries. At Achilles Heel Clinic all our podiatrists are registered with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Health Professionals Council (HPC). This means that they have undertaken and passed a full time degree in podiatry and met with stringent entrance criteria set by the HPC so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands!
What to Expect on Your First Visit?
At your first appointment your podiatrist (or chiropodist) will perform an initial assessment taking a detailed history of your condition together with any relevant past medical history. A physical assessment will then be undertaken to determine the clinical diagnosis of your problem which will be explained to you by your clinician. This will probably involve removing your socks and shoes to allow the podiatrist to examine your feet. The consultation usually lasts 30 minutes but may take longer depending on the nature of the problem. During this time your podiatrist will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have and you will be given lots of advice about your condition.