Responsibilities of a Podiatrist

Monday, 25 September 2017  |  Admin


Podiatrists treat a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, and arch problems. They also treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases. Some podiatrists spend most of their time performing advanced surgeries, such as foot and ankle reconstruction.

There is no difference between a Podiatrist and Chiropodist, but Podiatrist is a more modern name.

Within the UK, over the term Chiropodist and Chiropody, as a more accurate title for the role undertaken.   The term Chiropodist originates from the Greek terms Chiro (meaning hand) and Pod (meaning foot).   Originally, Chiropodists would treat both hands and feet.   However, these days it is more common for the profession only to treat the feet, and therefore, the term Podiatrist has been adopted.

At your first consultation, the podiatrist will take a full medical history and do basic tests such as checking the blood circulation and feeling in your feet. They may also check the way you walk and move your lower leg joints.

They will discuss your concerns with you and then make a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Usually any minor problems that are picked up can be treated on the spot including the removal of hard skin, corns and calluses.

Podiatrists do a 3 year University Degree, whereas a Foot Health Practitioner does a diploma.

What does a Foot Health Professional do?

The conditions that a Foot Health Professional would treat include corns, calluses, warts and fungal infection. FHP’s are also expected to carefully trim nails and prevent nail problems developing. They also offer individuals guidance on foot care to ensure their health and comfort.

FHP’s cannot prescribe medicines or administer injections etc.

FHPs practice independently in the private sector .


What is the difference between a Podiatrist / Chiropodist & a Foot Heath Practitioner?

The simple answer is they both offer a similar service which includes toenail trimming, corn and callus removal, verrucae and fungal treatments and the management of ingrown toenails.

Foot Health Practitioners work with other healthcare professionals for the health and well-being of their patients and customers.  Foot Health Practitioners may visit their clients in their own homes and attend to clients in Nursing Homes.

Podiatrists are regulated by the HCPC register and both have to be insured.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) does not regulate FHPs, and there is no requirement for FHPs to be registered with anyone. The Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners operates a voluntary register that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).