Chiropodists (often now called podiatrists) treat a wide variety of abnormalities and conditions of the foot and lower limb, such as verrucas, ingrown toenails and arthritis. They work with all ages, but play an important role in helping older or disabled people to stay mobile and independent.
By law only practitioners who are registered with the Health Professions Council (the regulatory body) are allowed to use the titles 'chiropodist' and 'podiatrist'. If you decide to contact a chiropodist yourself, make sure that they are fully qualified and registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
A chiropodist is qualified to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Common problems chiropodists treat are:
- Athlete's foot
- Bunions/toe deformities
- Heel pain
- Ingrowing Toenails
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Click here for a list of all recognised bodies and qualifications.