What is Chiropody?
The practice of chiropody is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, surgical, orthotic and palliative means. This includes the management of a wide variety of disorders, injuries and local manifestations of systemic conditions. Foot deformities, infections and injuries not only limit your mobility, but also can detrimentally affect your health and quality of life.
What is a Chiropodist?
Chiropody is practiced by qualified, regulated practitioners who have undergone government established and recognized programs and examinations.
The Chiropodist is skilled in assessing the needs of their patients and managing both chronic and acute conditions affecting foot and lower limb function. Chiropodists treat people of all ages. They use a wide range of treatment methods including general foot care, prescription of medications and foot orthoses, application of physical modalities and minor surgery to treat conditions related to the foot structures and function.
What does a Chiropodist do?
The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education and thereby improve one’s quality of life. A Chiropodist provides care to a diverse range of patients and can specialize in the following areas:
- Diabetic care
- Sports injuries
- Biomechanical and gait analysis
- Podiatric soft tissue surgery
- Wound care