What is Podiatry?
Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limb.
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A question we get asked a lot is what is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?
The answer is simple, nothing. In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for Chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as the internationally recognized name for a foot specialist. It is also slightly more appropriate as ‘podiatry’ refers to the modern medical approach encompassing, medical practices, biomechanics, orthotics and foot surgery.
It’s not just the name that has changed though; podiatry is a constantly evolving profession. The extensive medical training given to students over the 3 or 4 years of their full-time degree course and the continuing education after graduation enables Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems, specializing in specific medical conditions. Along with the most obvious treatments of nails, corns and hard skin, specialties exist within the profession for almost any lower limb problem.