Podiatry (also known as chiropody)
Mr IAN C. PAYNE BSc (Hons) Podiatry, MChS, HPC Reg.
Hampden Park Surgery, Brodrick Close BN22 9NQ
Clinic or Home Visits by appointment - Tel: (01323) 485366
Treatment sessions for half an hour cost £24.00
Podiatry (also known as chiropody) is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists (chiropodists) of diseases and other disorders of the feet. Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
A podiatrist can treat or advise you on:
- Ageing feet
- Athlete’s Foot
- Diabetes (foot related)
- Fungal infections
- Heel pain
- Insoles (orthotics)
- Ingrown toenails
- Laser therapy
- Podopaediatrics (children’s feet)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports medicine
- Sweaty feet
- Toe deformities
- Toenail cutting
- Walking and hiking
- Working feet
When do I need to see a podiatrist?
If your feet hurt, something is wrong. In this case we recommend that you visit a podiatrist, who will advise you on the best course of treatment. You can also prevent foot problems before they occur by visiting a local podiatrist for advice on how to keep your feet healthy and in top condition. (See “How to contact a podiatrist” section below). We recommend that you have a regular foot health check with your Podiatrist.
Why do I need to see a podiatrist?
Podiatrists are highly trained professionals registered by the Health Professionals Council (HPC) that have trained solely in the area of the foot and lower limb for several years. In order to become an HPC registered practitioner a podiatrist will have undertaken and passed a full time degree in podiatry at one of thirteen schools of podiatry within the UK or will have met stringent entrance criteria set by the HPC.
Health Professionals Council (HPC)
The HPC is an UK-wide regulatory body, which regulates 13 health professions. Since July 2005, only those chiropodists and podiatrists who have satisfied the criteria for registration with the HPC can call themselves a chiropodist and podiatrist. To use these titles when not on the register is an offence. All members of the Society that are practising chiropodists and podiatrists are members of the HPC.
How do I contact a podiatrist?
To find a local HPC registered podiatrist, you can either approach your GP practice for information on an NHS referral or if you decide to seek a private podiatrist you could use the following link on the Society’s website http://www.feetforlife.org/ cgi-site/chiropodist.cgi or look at the front of the chiropodists and podiatrists section in Yellow Pages for The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists listing.
Further foot health information
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists provides a number of foot health information leaflets for you to either download in PDF form from the Society’s website, www.feetforlife.org