Page updated: 19 Aug 2010
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What is podiatry?

The profession of podiatry has developed from it’s origins in chiropody to become a medical speciality dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb. (Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists 2002).


Who are podiatrists?

Podiatrists specialise in foot related medical problems affecting peoples´ ability to walk or that are linked to skin and tissue conditions such as infections or ulcers. 

Social issues can also affect a person’s foot health and a podiatrist can offer advice on how to improve a problem.  Simple nail and skin care is encouraged to be undertaken by the patients themselves and/or their carers. 

Referrals for simple nail care are not accepted.  However, in certain cases education can be given to help a person with their foot care.

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