Sam Watters is a HCPC Registered Podiatrist, working from Ebrook Osteopathy and Sports Clinic in both Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield. In this blog, she explains the difference between Podiatry and Chiropody, and why it is important to choose the right practitioner for your feet. 

 

Many people often ask the question what is podiatry? Is podiatry the same as chiropody? Well the answer is yes… podiatrists/chiropodists are health care professionals who help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate those with abnormal foot and lower limb conditions. Chiropody was given a new name in 1993 becoming podiatry as the new up to date medical term. Chiropodists have the same qualification as podiatrist and there are is no difference in skills.

Podiatrist are health care professionals who have trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

Podiatrists also treat and alleviate day to day foot problems such as thickened, fungal or ingrowing toe nails along with corns callous and verruca.

 

Podiatrist can provide advice on

-foot care

-health education

-gait analysis

-footwear advice

 

Podiatrists also specialise in diabetic foot screening footwear advice and health education.

A podiatrist will check the blood supply to your feet and for any loss of sensation.

Blood supply is checked by the following clinical tests

-colour of the skin

-checking pulses within the feet dorsalis pedis pulse and posterior tibialis pulses.

Asking questions on pain within the legs and calves.

Loss of sensation is checked by

– 10g monofilament (a plastic probe that buckles at a given pressure 10g)

-tuning fork (vibration test)

 

Foot deformities will also be examined by your podiatrist to check for excessive loading.

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