Just what is Podiatry?
In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as it's the international recognised name for a foot specialist and also as it's slightly more appropriate; 'podiatry' refers just to feet while 'chiropody' refers to both feet and hands.
It's not just the name that has changed though. Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession, the extensive training given to students over the 3 or 4 years of their full time course and the continuing education after graduation enable Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems. Along with the most obvious treatments, specialties exist within the profession for almost any lower limb problem.
Remember: Podiatry should be your first port of call if you
have a foot problem. You do not need a referral from
your GP to seek a private consultation. (If your GP needs to be involved your podiatrist we will contact them after your initial assessment.)
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Leisa James, BSc (Pod) MChS
Podiatry & Chiropody Clinic,
69 St. Leonards Road,
Northampton, NN4 8DL