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.

How can a podiatrist and chiropodist help?

You may want to see a podiatrist/chiropodist 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/Chiropodist can also supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain. You put the custom orthotic insole 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.

If you experiencing foot pain, diabetic feet, or have an existing foot problem, our Chiropodist will perform a thorough assessment to establish a diagnosis.  The goal of the treatment is always not only to help with your problem, but also to take into consideration your lifestyle needs.

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, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
  • dorns and calluses
  • verrucas
  • athlete’s foot
  • smelly feet
  • dry and cracked heels
  • flat feet
  • bunions
  • heel pain
  • ageing feet
  • blisters
  • gout
  • sport injuries

    We also offer a wide selection of brand name orthopaedic footwear.  Our experienced staff are very knowledgeable and can help you select the best footwear for your needs or conditions.