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Who Is Podiatrist Or Chiropody?



A chiropodist or podiatrist is a specialized foot doctor who treats people suffering from lower limb or common foot problems such as bunions and ingrown toenails.

Although many people get confused in understanding the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist, to be honest, there is no difference between the two.

This is because podiatry is the new name given to chiropody in 1993. Both are considered as foot doctors in the UK and Ireland and both have acquired the same qualifications and experience.

Be it a podiatrist or a chiropodist the role of these foot doctors is to advise you and your family on how to take care of your feet and the type of shoes that you need to wear.

Podiatrists and chiropodists can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems such as fungal or ingrown toe-nails.

They can also treat calluses and corns, verrucas, smelly feet, cracked heels and athlete’s foot. Podiatrists and chiropodists can also help to ease the pain of people who have diabetic foot ulcers and diabetic foot.

What Foot Problems Do Podiatrists Or Chiropody Solve

Podiatrists and chiropodists treat many types of foot conditions, including the following:

  • Abnormal gait (walking pattern)
  • Pain in the feet, ankles, hips, knees, lower back, and legs
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Blisters
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Cracked Heels
  • Foot complications due to diabetes
  • Flat Feet
  • Fungus
  • Hammer toes and claw toes 
  • Heel Spurs
  • High arches Infections

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Pidgeon's toes
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuromas
  • Numbness
  • Osgood Schlatter’s disease
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Posterior tibial tendinitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sever’s disease
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains
  • Spurs
  • Strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Warts

Some podiatrists are licensed to perform surgery and may be known as podiatric surgeons.  However, surgery is typically a last resort.

Most podiatrists and chiropodists emphasize prevention as the best form of medicine and encourage patients to address foot pain by caring for their feet, wearing proper footwear, and using orthotic inserts.

Podiatrists and chiropodists know that foot pain is often caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t provide necessary support.  Choosing shoes that do not have high heels but do give the foot stability and support is an important step toward preventing foot pain.

How Does A Chiropodist Or Podiatrist Treat You?

You can visit a chiropodist and podiatrist clinic if you are suffering from any kind of minor or serious foot issues.

They can also clip your toenails if you have fungal or nail infection and give you professional advice on the best ways in which you can take care of your feet properly. Moreover, they can help you by professionally removing calluses and hard skin from your feet.

A professional advice regarding wearing any specific shoes or orthotic inserts to help you with your condition can also be availed by them. A chiropodist or podiatrist can provide you with a customized support that is suitable for your feet in case your feet are flat or there are high arches in your feet; so that you feel more comfortable in walking.

Orthotics are custom-made insoles that are used to minimize the symptoms that result from biomechanical problems. These insoles are used to control immoderate pronation.

Fallen arches and flat feet can be dealt with these.

Chiropodists or podiatrists emphasis on prevention instead of surgery. Therefore, they insist the patients take care of their feet. Most common suggestions given are wearing footwear that is most comfortable and supporting to the feet and using orthotic inserts.

Podiatrists or chiropodists also deal with biomechanics by treating problems. These are the problems that arise from the way your muscles function and joints are aligned. So, if you are having any such symptoms then it is highly recommended that you visit a  chiropody and podiatry clinic.

If the condition is not controlled then the pain because of the poor alignment will affect not only the knees but lower back and hips as well.

What Solution Does Podiatrist Or Chiropody Suggest?

The entire weight of your body is put on your feet, so it's important that you take good care of them. A podiatrist is there to help and assist you in all aspects of foot health.

A Podiatrist and Chiropodist can refer you to physical therapy for ongoing treatment. Your Podiatrist may recommend a foot orthotic to assist your foot problems.

The Podiatrist treatment for plantar fasciitis as well as the Podiatrist treatment for flat feet involves insoles pronation.  But the counter insoles are not very effective and durable; therefore the custom insoles are endorsed.

How Orthotics Is Replacing Podiatrists Or Chiropody

Podiatry or chiropody involves a specialized treatment of disorders of the lower limbs, usually below the knee. This may require the provision of in-shoe Orthotic devices.

The field of Orthotics is very similar to Podiatry.

But Orthotics encompasses the whole of the musculoskeletal system and is aimed at providing a wide variety of externally applied Orthotic devices which will prevent or correct deformity and promote function. These range from relatively simple to extremely complex devices.

There are several benefits of wearing orthotics for foot pain and related disorders. On the first fold, foot orthotics help secure proper positioning for foot, ankle, and knee bones. They also ensure optimal balance and flexibility, while drastically improving ankle motion range.

On the second fold, orthotics and insoles help keep the ligaments and muscles aligned, which relieves stress and tension in the hips and legs. This also helps prevent injuries and aggravation, while eliminating unnecessary stretching during exercise and everyday chores.

As an industry expert in orthotics, Shapecrunch is a reputable company with years of extensive industry experience in tackling foot pain. We specialize in insoles and medicinal shoes guaranteed to ensure maximum comfort for foot ailment sufferers.

Foot orthotics are also designed to decrease muscle fatigue. This helps increase vital energy levels while securing optimal and efficient muscle performance. Due to countless biomechanical issues stemming from plastic deformation, the connective tissues within the feet tend to experience constant and repetitive stress.

Over time, the tissues may even stretch, resulting in sporadic to excruciating pain and discomfort. This also results in greater bone instability, which is the direct cause of fallen arches, over-pronation and several other foot problems and disorders.

Orthotics help tackle these issues by absorbing tension within the feet. This helps prevent transmission of pain up the knees, hips, and legs, which strongly resemble sciatic nerve issues.

Since the Orthotics have a more sustainable and wider range of solutions, they are rapidly replacing podiatry and chiropody.

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