Thursday, 25th April 2019


Podiatry is the field of healthcare which is concerned with disorders affecting the toes, feet, ankles and lower legs. This area of specialisation is also known as chiropody, although the term podiatry is becoming more and more widely used. Podiatrists usually work in small clinics or as part of multidisciplinary teams in hospitals.

As with all medical professionals, the primary responsibility of a podiatrist is to identify, diagnose and treat problems experienced by patients through a variety of examinations, tests, medical procedures and prescription of medication. It is also their job to ensure that the patient is fully aware of courses of treatment and procedures available to them so that they can play a role in, and have some control over, the care they receive.

Treatment offered by a podiatrist could involve therapeutic or invasive surgical procedures. They prescribe medicine and special equipment to support the rehabilitation of the problematic area, including orthopaedic shoes and leg callipers.

Within the profession, podiatrists can specialise further in different related areas, such as leg and foot surgery, paediatric or geriatric podiatry, deformation, or biomechanical function.

Some podiatrists work exclusively with sportspeople and deal with injuries of the muscles and bones found in the feet and legs.

Those who run their own practices will often be responsible for administration and day to day operations, such as ordering medication, maintaining premises and training staff.