What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

There is no difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist, they are one and the same and the titles may be used synonymously. The change of title from Chiropodist to Podiatrist occurred in the 1990s and Podiatrist is the preferred title for most practitioners. However, the title of Chiropodist has been retained because it is the title that most people understand and are familiar with. Both titles are protected by law and only health professionals who have completed the mandatory three year degree qualification and are registered with the HCPC may use them.

What do I need to provide for the Podiatrist’s visit to my house?

The Podiatrist will provide everything required to conduct treatment in your home, including the stool that she will sit on. However, it is helpful if you are able to locate a well-lit area in your home and a comfortable chair for yourself. Please have a full list of any medications that you are taking close to hand as the Podiatrist will need to make a note of them.

Do I need to soak my feet before treatment?

It is unnecessary to soak your feet prior to treatment but it is more hygienic if your feet are clean and free of debris.

Do I need to remove my nail polish before treatment?

Yes, it is advisable to remove nail polish prior to treatment as it helps the Podiatrist to view your nails more clearly.

How long will my appointment take?

An initial appointment usually takes about an hour to complete the assessment and treatment. Subsequent appointments take approximately 45 minutes.

How often will I need treatment?

This will depend entirely on your presenting foot problems. The Podiatrist will be able to set up a treatment plan for you and advise you on a suitable frequency of appointments but it is entirely your choice on how often you have your feet treated.

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