What is podiatry?

Podiatry (also known as Chiropody) is a branch of medicine that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disorders of the human foot, ankle and lower limb.

A podiatrist is a highly skilled individual who is able to treat a wide range of conditions affecting the foot and lower limb, including:

  • Corns and callus
  • Dermatological conditions – psoriasis, athletes foot, verrucas etc
  • Nail conditions – fungal, thickened, involuted, pincer shaped etc
  • Musculoskeletal conditions – bunions, toe deformities, painful joints, heel
    pain, sports injuries etc
  • Paediatric conditions – Osgood schlatter disease, Sever’s disease etc

Medical conditions that affect the feet can benefit from regular podiatry input. Such conditions are wide ranging and include:

  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Polymalgia rheumatic
  • COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Heart disease and those who have had heart surgery, stents, pacemakers etc
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Immunosuppressed conditions

There is also a social need for podiatric care which is catered for. This includes people who perhaps are not able to self-care and need help to maintain healthy feet.