We are frequently asked the following question:
“What is the difference between Chiropody and Podiatry?”
Firstly, the terms Chiropody and Podiatry are synonymous.
For a practitioner to be called either of these names, one has to have completed a minimum of 3 years training to degree level in addition to 1000 hours of practical experience, before acceptance for registration as a Health Care Professional. In addition, as in most professions, to maintain this status, we must be able to provide proof of having completed at least 30 hours of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) every year in order to keep our skill sets up to date.
The profession has greatly expanded over the last 50 years: chiropody, (pronounced kiropody – the only ‘sh’ is in charlatan!) -historically, was primarily focused upon conditions affecting just the foot.
Currently, in addition to discernible foot problems such as, nail care, corns & callus: We prefer to adopt a more holistic approach and see foot functioning as a factor that affects the entire lower limb and often, the back and upper body as well. For this reason, the term ‘Podiatry’ has been adopted from our Trans-Atlantic neighbours as measure of our expanded practice.