What Does A Podiatrist Do?

Dec 23, 2020

There aren’t many health problems more debilitating and painful than issues with the feet, but fortunately for anybody with ailments such as verrucas, corns, calluses, athletes foot, bunions and any other variety of problems, there is a healthcare professional you can turn to who will get you on your feet again.

The name of these professionals? Podiatrists otherwise known as chiropodists.

What is Podiatry?

Whether it’s the result of a sports injury, general wear and tear, a health problem such as diabetes or more, podiatry is the method of preventing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating anybody with abnormal conditions of the feet. This also includes the lower limbs, heels and ankles. Podiatrist London clinics are trained to keep you mobile, active and free from any painful ailments in the foot area.

What’s the Difference Between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?

There is a lot of confusion as to what the difference in the professions of podiatrists and chiropodists. The truth of this one is simple: There isn’t one.

The reason behind the confusion is that foot doctors and healthcare professionals refer to themselves as both, yet podiatry is the more modern name for the treatments and profession that they fellow. The confusion stems from the fact that the United States changed the name in the 1960s because the ancient word ‘chiropodist’ was being confused with the word ‘chiropractor’ (an English word, and a doctor who deals with bad backs and injuries to that area).

Foot specialists began to search for an new name, and they settled on podiatry, and podiatrist as the profession. However, because some professionals and countries decided to keep the name, there are still a lot of both podiatrists and chiropodists working today. As long as you book in for a foot treatment with a chiropodist and not a chiropractor, you should be OK.

What do Podiatrists Treat?

Podiatrists treat all manner of difference ailments to the foot region, including the following:

  • Toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
  • Corns and calluses
  • Verrucas
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Smelly feet
  • Dry and cracked heels
  • Flat feet (including arch issues)
  • Bunions
  • Heel pain (often from wearing high-heeled dress shoes)
  • Ageing feet
  • Blisters
  • Gout
  • Sports injuries

This list shows the wide-ranging number of foot problems that podiatrists are trained to deal with every day. Regardless of what your issue is, podiatrists can treat the issue by using a range of methods, including performing reconstructive and keyhole surgeries on issues such as bunions and corns, performing medical examinations and searching medical histories to see patterns and any hereditary issues in your family history.

In regards to sport injuries, podiatrists can set fractures, fit prosthetics and casts, perform physical therapy and much more. If a patient has a foot problem, podiatry can solve it.