F.A.Q’s

  • What is the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?
    • The title Chiropodist meaning “hands and feet”  is an old British title and is not recognised internationally. Podiatrist is the international name for our profession and the title by which or profession is internationally recognised.
    • Graduates are awarded Degrees in Podiatry, B.Sc Podiatry. 
  • What is the difference between a podiatrist / chiropodist and a foot health care practitioner?
    • In 1993 with the formation of the Health Care Professionals Council (H.C.P.C.) the titles of Podiatrist and Chiropodist became protected by law for use only by those with recognised podiatry or chiropody qualifications.  Before this protection of title it was effectively possible for anyone to set up in practice without any recognised qualification. Practitioners who were unable or unwilling to satisfy the H.C.P.C. standards of qualification are not allowed to use the title Podiatrist or Chiropodist and often use titles such as Footcare Practitioner, Foot health Care Practitioner or similar and should not be confused with Podiatrists / Chiropodists who have completed their H.C.P.C. recognised podiatry degree (B.Sc Podiatry)  or chiropody qualifications Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (DPodM).   It is vital that you check the registration of your practitioner on the H.C.P.C. register before arranging any treatments.
  • What is the best way to cut my nails?
    • The recommended way to cut your nails is to cut straight across the end of the nail. Despite ones desire to relieve pain and discomfort it is not recommended that you try to cut down into the sides of the nail where the edges meet the skin as it can be very difficult to see and cut away the full nail. If you have painful nails please do not hesitate to arrange an appointment.

 

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