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, 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 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.