Chiropody is a branch of medicine that treats problems of the feet and ankles. Chiropody and podiatry are the same. Chiropody is being phased out, and replaced with podiatry. Chiropody and podiatry are protected titles, and in order to work under these titles you must complete a degree at university. You must also be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) in order to practice.
Learning never stops due to advances in health care. To remain registered as a chiropodist you must keep evidence of continuous professional development or CPD, which can include reading articles and attending branch meetings. Being a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists helps with this continuous learning or CPD, as well as providing the necessary insurance required for private practice.
What to expect
Initially an assessment will be made which will involve asking questions or history taking. As well as giving you advice, feel free to ask any questions you may have. Any notes made can be referred to in the future, which helps with your care plan. Often a change in footwear can help enormously. Any self-care will be explained fully and contact number left for you to ring if you have questions. A qualified chiropodist will answer your call, 7 days a week.
All the necessary equipment like a foot rest, clippers, scalpels, nails burrs, creams and dressings are used, just like they would on a normal clinic, depending on your own requirements. Instruments are sterilised by an autoclave after use.
Appointments can take 45 minutes, but if you are in a hurry and need a corn removing quickly for example, quick treatment can be provived.
Receipts can be printed for private healthcare patients who need to claim their money back. Just ask whilst booking the appointment, and they can be provided straight after your treatment.