What is Chiropody?
Chiropody is a branch of medical science that involves the assessment and management of foot and lower limb disorders: this includes the management of a wide variety of disorders, injuries and local manifestations of systemic conditions.
Foot deformities, infections and injuries not only limit your mobility, but can detrimentally affect your health and quality of life.
Who is a Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist is a primary care professional practicing in podiatric medicine that specializes in assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot. An essential member of the inter professional healthcare team, the Chiropodist is skilled in assessing the needs of their patients and of managing both chronic and acute conditions affecting foot and lower limb function. As a primary care provider capable of independent clinical practice, these skills are often practiced independent of medical referral and medical supervision.
What does a Chiropodist Do?
The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain,
provide health education and thereby improving one’s quality of life. A Chiropodist provides
care to a diverse range of patients and can specialize in the following areas:
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Sport Injuries
- Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis
- Podiatric Soft Tissue Surgery
- Wound Care
Effective practice requires a high degree of manual dexterity, diagnostic skills, a caring and professional attitude and effective communication skills. A career in podiatric medicine is both varied and challenging.