Chiropody is the maintenance of feet, ensuring they are kept healthy and in good condition. It involves the inspection and detection of foot conditions, which may require treatment as well as foot care education. The foot is a complex structure with many health problems manifesting themselves there. A chiropodist is therefore trained to recognise any such medical condition. The chiropodist has a good knowledge of the whole body and this additionally helps in identifying the cause of a foot problem and its implication on general health. Foot problems can be inherited or can develop as a side effect of other illnesses such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis or can appear from middle age by wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Why choose Chiropody?
The chiropodist can treat people from all walks of life and all ages – birth to old age. Some examples of people that may require treatment are:
- Children who have problems as their feet grow
- People with diabetes who may have problems with circulation and sensation in their feet
- People with rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports men and women
- People who need minor surgery for ingrowing toenails
- Older people or those with mobility or sight problems who cannot reach/see to look after their own feet
Chiropody is beneficial for the treatment of:
- Athlete’s foot (easily spread fungal infection treated with anti fungal cream or powder)
- Hard skin
- Nail and skin conditions: toenail cutting, ingrowing toenails
What to expect during a treatment?
A typical chiropody treatment may involve:
- Toe nails may be cut and filed
- Corns and hard skin may be removed
- Verrucas may be treated
- Where necessary foot massage with specially selected cream
- Assessment of other foot care ailments
- Application of specialised dressings to support problem areas which could deteriorate due to friction
- Monitor and manage problems caused by illness such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
- Foot care education – such as walking posture, being recommended for referral for orthotics for custom made insoles or shoes
- Ladies who wear nail varnish on their toes are recommended to remove this before every visit.
- There is no difference between chiropody and podiatry; podiatry is just a more modern name for chiropody
- TDF’s chiropodist does not prescribe or provide orthotics
Approximately 30 minutes. Suitable for adults and children – no need to undress