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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 does a podiatrist do?


Podiatrists can be thought of as a type of foot doctor that deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limbs. They work with people of all ages but play a particularly important role in helping older people to stay mobile and are qualified to treat people with arthritis, diabetes, nail surgery and sports injuries. They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear and they can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, including:


  • Toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails

  • Corns and calluses

  • Verrucae

  • Athlete's foot

  • Dry and cracked heels

  • Flat feet

  • Bunions

  • Foot pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Management of diabetic foot wounds


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.