General Podiatry

A podiatrist specialises in the overall health of the feet, ankles and lower leg

PODIATRY / CHIROPODY EXPLAINED

General Podiatry – A podiatrist specialises in the overall health of the feet, ankles and lower leg. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat conditions resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis, injuries to the feet and lower limbs, and other sources of pain and immobility such as muscular, neurological and circulatory diseases. You don’t need a referral to visit a podiatrist.

WHY SEE A STATE REGISTERED PODIATRIST / CHIROPODIST?

Podiatrists have undertaken a 3 year degree in Podiatry. This involves studying biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. The degree incorporates extensive clinical training on the foot and lower limb. Podiatrists qualify with a thorough understanding of the foot in health and disease. Podiatrists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice in the UK.

HOW DO I KNOW MY PODIATRIST IS QUALIFIED?

You can check your Podiatrist is registered with the HCPC by contacting them on (0)20 7582 0866 or checking their website: www.hpc-uk.org

All podiatrists who have qualified in the UK have minimum of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Podiatry or a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (DPodM). Some Podiatrists also complete a Master’s degree (MSc) or doctorate (PhD). All Podiatrists must maintain continuing professional development to remain registered with the HCPC. Podiatrists are being regulated and assessed by their professional body every two years.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PODIATRIST AND FOOT HEALTH PRACTITIONER?

Podiatrists/Chiropodists hold a degree in Podiatry (3 years full time duration).

Foot Health Practitioners have completed a part-time course including 10 days of practical training.

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