If you have ever had a problem with your feet, be it a concern or a painful nail, then chances are that you have looked for a local Podiatrist or Chiropodist. But what is the difference?
Before 1993, if you had an issue with your feet or lower leg, then you will have been referred or recommended to see a Chiropodist.
However, post 1993, what were once known as Chiropodists are now referred to as Podiatrists. These two job titles are much the same, except that Podiatrists have been trained to deal with a larger range of issues and conditions that may affect the lower limb and foot. Diabetic ulcers, Paediatrics (Kids Feet), Biomechanics (study of how the lower limb and foot works during the walking cycle) and certain dermatological problems are just some of the issues that a Podiatrist is now capable of dealing with.
Here is just a glimpse of some of the reasons why you might need to seek the help of a Podiatrist.
When your body does not make enough insulin or does not use the insulin it creates in the right way, you are known to have diabetes. If you have diabetes then you are at a much higher risk of damaging the nerves in your feet or legs, as well as reducing blood flow to your feet.
These conditions can cause serious complications and can even result in serious infections or amputations. With regular appointments, treatment and advice, this can often be prevented as a Podiatrist will see the early warning signs and intervene.
There are numerous conditions that can affect your toenails. From discoloured thickened fungal toenails to infected ingrown toenails, the Podiatrist can treat and advising on them all.
Bunions is the term given to when the big toe deviates towards the lesser toes. This condition is usually painless however it can cause the patient a great deal of embarrassment and stress when purchasing footwear. Hammer toes is the name given to the lesser toes when they become fixed in a bent position and can no longer straighten up.
A Podiatrist can help with the above by assessing your feet in greater detail and advising you on which type of footwear would be most suitable.
Without realising it, our feet really do take a lot of stress and strain every day. From time to time they may become painful. Heel pain is a common area of pain, which many patients visit a Podiatrist for. This can be caused by playing sports or can be a result of poor footwear. After completing a biomechanical gait analysis assessment, a Podiatrist will be able to diagnose the condition and provide a suitable treatment plan.
No matter what reason you may have to visit a Podiatrist or a Chiropodist, you can rest assured that your feet are in safe hands. At Podiatry Station we will treat you with the utmost care and profession, keeping you on your feet.