Podiatry is a specialist area that concentrates on the foot and the lower leg. A podiatrist is involved in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of lots of foot and lower leg related issues.
The health of your feet is very important and affects your overall wellbeing. Poor foot health can cause not only pain but a reduction in activity. Most of us sadly neglect our feet and don’t seek any help until there is too much pain.
Simple help from your podiatrist can keep you on your feet.
To most of us here in the UK it is just a name change. It was changed in 1993. However it is not just the name that has changed, the podiatry world is continuing to change and evolve.
To become a podiatrist you have to undergo a 3-4 year degree course with over 1000 hours of supervised, hands on practical assessments. Also continued education/courses is compulsory annually after graduating and is logged and recorded.
PODIATRISTS are trained professionals who are registered with their governing body which is the COP – College of Podiatry, who promote standards and guidelines of practise that are evidence based, ensuring the safety of patients.
Anyone can call themselves a ‘Foot health Specialist’ or a ‘Foot health practitioner’ but they are NOT regulated, they also haven’t undergone the amount of supervised, hands on training.
PODIATRISTS are also registered with the HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council. They regulate all the standards and their main purpose is to protect the public.
Podiatrists are able to help with lots of aspects of the foot and lower limb. Some complaints are more common and are easily treated and some are more complex.
These range from:
Patients are all ages and all professions.