What Is A Chiropodist And Do I Need To See One?
Our feet are extremely important, and if something goes wrong with them then it can cause issues for our whole bodies – from our legs, to our hips, to our backs. These problems can seriously affect the quality of our lives. This is where a chiropodist can help.
What Is A Chiropodist?
Chiropodists are highly trained medical practitioners who are trained to treat injuries and other afflictions with the feet and lower limbs. You might know them by their more modern name – podiatrists. Chiropodists and podiatrists are exactly the same, but the term ‘podiatrist’ has been used more often in the UK since the 1990s. Regardless, your chiropodist should be a member of the College of Podiatry, which is the regulatory body for podiatrists and chiropodists in the UK.
What Does A Chiropodist Do?
Chiropodists are skilled in the treatment of all kinds of foot problems, and can deal with a wide range of issues – from nail-cutting to surgeries. Some of the most common problems are:
- Corns and Calluses
These are hard or thick areas of skin on the foot. Whilst they’re generally not serious, they can cause significant pain and discomfort when you walk. A chiropodist can remove these corns and calluses, allowing you to walk more freely.
- Fungal Infections
Fungal infections, including athlete’s foot, can cause rashes which itch, sting and burn. It’s infectious and often recurs if it isn’t treated properly. A chiropodist will not only treat the infection, but will also investigate the cause to ensure that it’s less likely to come back.
Verrucas are often likened to ‘standing on a needle’. They can be very painful and are infectious. However, they can take a long time to go and over-the-counter medications often make no difference. Chiropodists have access to a range of excellent treatments, such as Swift Microwave Therapy, which is one of the quickest, most efficient and effective available.
When Should I See A Chiropodist?
It’s not normally recommended to wait until you’re experiencing pain to visit a chiropodist. Visiting regularly – as you would with a dentist – can help to ensure that your feet are in top condition, and will help to prevent future problems.
How Much Does It Cost To Visit A Chiropodist?
If you choose to visit a private chiropodist, make sure that their prices are clear and up-front. At Northwich Foot Clinic & Physio, our prices are available on our website here and there are no hidden charges – so you always know what to expect.
Finding A Chiropodist
You can find a chiropodist near you through the search function on the College of Podiatry website. Northwich Foot Clinic & Physio has been providing chiropody services to the people of Cheshire, Staffordshire and beyond for over 8 years, and we have treated thousands of happy customers. To book your appointment, head to our booking page today.