In terms of qualification and training, there is no difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist and the titles are interchangeable. However, at The Faringdon Clinic we feel it helps to match clients better to the practitioner and type of appointment they require if we use “podiatry (skin and nails) and “podiatry (biomechanics)” to mean different types of foot health care.
Podiatry (skin and nails) (sometimes called Chiropody) includes treatment for corns, calluses, cracked heels, thickened nails, fungal infections of skin or toenails, verrucas, ingrowing toenails (including nail surgery) and toenail trimming.
Advice on the more common musculoskeletal problems such as bunions, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis and neuromas is also available. Where appropriate you may be referred from a podiatry (skin and nails) appointment for podiatry (biomechanics) or physiotherapy.
A typical visit will include recording medical details, assessment of the feet, diagnosis of any problem and discussion about treatment, with advice on what you can do to keep your feet healthy and comfortable.