Chiropodist and Podiatrist:
We frequently get asked what the difference is between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist, and in fact there is no difference! Chiropodist/Podiatrist is a dual title held by anyone who has completed a BSc degree in Podiatry in the UK since the 90’s. The training to become a qualified practitioner involves 3 years of theory and practical education, with 1000 hours hands-on training in both NHS and private clinical settings. Chiropodists/ Podiatrists are “Allied Health Professionals”, as are Osteopaths and Physiotherapists, for example.
Chiropodists/ Podiatrists are practitioners specialising in the treatment of foot problems and have diagnostic power, can treat high-risk and diabetic feet, check for circulatory and neurological problems, manage wounds, remove toenails under local anaesthetic, issue some prescription-only medicines. The title Chiropodist/Podiatrist is protected by law and it is an offence to use it if unqualified.
Foot Health Practitioner:
Foot Health Practitioners (FHPs) are trained to care for routine and non-invasive foot problems such as toenail care, corns and calluses. They can also treat diabetic feet safely and are aware of aseptic technique (clean working) and when to refer-on to a Chiropodist/ Podiatrist for more serious foot problems.
Suzanne Renton is our Foot Health Practitioner and is insured and registered with the RFHP.
As foot healthcare is in great demand at the moment and waiting lists are currently longer than expected through the NHS, Bodyfix is now able to offer more availability.
Ultimately, it is up to you who you choose to see and our team are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.