What does a Chiropodist or Podiatrist do?
Chiropodists and Podiatrists, deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb.
What is the difference between Chiropody and Podiatry?
There is no real difference. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as it's the international recognised name for a foot specialist. 'Podiatry' it is slightly more appropriate as it refers just to feet while 'chiropody' refers to both feet and hands.
Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession, the extensive training given to students over 3 years of their full time course and the continuing professional development, after graduation, enable Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems. Along with the most obvious treatments for corns and hard skin, specialties exist within the profession for almost any lower limb problem.
What letters of qualification should I look for when I want to find a Chiropodist or Podiatrist?
The professional titles 'Chiropodist' and 'Podiatrist' are now protected by law by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can check whether your Podiatrist is registered with the HCPC by clicking here.
Health Insurance Companies recognise HCPC registration.
Registration with the HCPC now replaces the previous system of state registration. Some podiatrists may continue to use the phrase "S.R.Ch. State Registered Chiropodist" after their name, but this phrase is in fact now obsolete. The phrases and letters you should now look for are:
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- M.Ch.S. Member of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
- F.Ch.S. Fellow of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
What does an Appointment involve?
At your first consultation Sue will take a full medical history, including any medication you may be taking. The more she knows, the more she can help you and your foot problem. Sue will then assess your condition, after which any treatment will be discussed with you in full to ensure that you are happy.
How long does an Appointment last?
Your first or initial appointment, which will involve a detailed examination and taking your medical history, will last at least 40 minutes. Subsequent appointment times will vary according to your treatment plan, For further details please see Treatments and Prices.
How often do you recommend having regular treatments?
Ideally you should try to see a podiatrist as often as you visit your dentist - at least once a year. However,. if you need regular treatments then the usual gap between appointments is from 6 to 12 weeks.
Do you have a Confidentiality Policy?
Foot Faerie complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act by ensuring that personal information about patients is processed fairly and lawfully, and will only be shared with the specific consent of the patient.
Foot Faerie is required by law to keep comprehensive and accurate information about patients in order to provide safe and appropriate care. By law this information will be kept for eight years for adults and until 25 years of age for children, whichever is sooner, after which it will be destroyed.