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Podiatrist versus chiropodist

What is the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

Podiatrist versus chiropodist. Podiatry is the modern name for a Chiropodist, but with a few differences.

When did Podiatry become the new term?

Podiatry became the new term in 1993, in the UK. It was to ensure that the UK was in line with podiatry across the world.

What training do Podiatrists undergo?

All students training since 2005 have undertaken a 3 year BSc degree at university. Degree education has given podiatrists the skills to diagnose and treat conditions of the feet and lower limb. We are known as foot and ankle specialists.

Podiatrists are allowed to access, use and supply certain drugs. These include local anaesthetic, antibiotics and corticosteroids to broaden their treatment remit and skills.

Would you like a career in podiatry?

If you are interested in a career in podiatry, please check out a career in podiatry.

Podiatrist versus chiropodist

Chiropodist as a term is commonly used by the general public but less so be health professionals, we are podiatrists. Podiatry comes under the allied health professionals.

What is the scope of practice for a podiatrist?

The treatments that podiatrists offer range from nail cutting and nail surgery to sports injury through and injection therapy.

Training includes in depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the skills in treating conditions.

Podiatrists regularly use high tech kit to aid diagnosis and treatment. Such as ultrasound to see images of soft tissue and dermatoscopes to diagnose skin conditions.

Shockwave therapy is used for sports injury, microwave therapy for verrucae, 3D camera imaging for detailed gait analysis.  

Extended scope of practice for podiatrists

Podiatrists can become further skilled in podiatric surgery, research and forensic science, to name a few. Specific masters degree courses are available.

Dentists treat the mouth and teeth. Podiatrists treat the foot and lower limb.

Where can podiatrists work?

Private practices see patients with all foot and ankle conditions.

Podiatrists work both in the NHS and in private practice to cater for all patients’ needs.

It is recommended by NICE the podiatrists manage footcare of long term conditions. These conditions include diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and rheumatoid arthritis should be available on the NHS.

Podiatrist versus chiropodist

Have you thought about a career in podiatry?

career in podiatry

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is the study of the lower limb. For a career in podiatry you need to study an undergraduate degree, and attain a Bachelor of Science (BSc). In the UK we are part of the Allied Health Professionals. https://www.england.nhs.uk/ahp/role/

You will work with people’s feet and legs. You’ll diagnose and treat abnormalities and offer professional advice on care of feet and legs to prevent foot problems.

Career in podiatry – what areas can I work in?

Podiatrists work in a number of areas from the NHS, private practice to surgical teams and sporting facilities. We have podiatrists that were part of the Olympic Support Team in 2012, and podiatrists that run international private clinics. 

Podiatry is recognised internationally and many countries are keen to employ UK taught podiatrists.

Who does a podiatrist treat?

A podiatrist diagnose and treat a range of conditions:

  • In multidisciplinary teams focusing on diabetes, rheumatology and wound care. 
  • Musculoskeletal areas look at injuries, rehabilitation and gait, and the use of orthotics for activities. Sport Podiatry.
  • Children’s development. 
  • Dermatology focuses on skin lesions and treatments available.
  • Ingrown nails with nail surgery and the use of local anaesthetic.
  • Podiatric surgery which requires further study.

Do I need to do a podiatry degree?

Podiatry is taught at an undergraduate degree level, it is a science based degree (Bachelor of Science BSc). There are 12 universities that offer Podiatry, you apply through ucas.

For a career in podiatry there are a few routes into studying, from A-levels, Access courses and launched in 2020 the apprenticeship scheme.

Information on the UCAS site for podiatry career can be found at : https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/podiatrist

A two year course now available

All information you need about studying podiatry at the University of Buckingham https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/medi…/bsc/podiatric-medicine/

Can I do a podiatry apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships combine on-the-job experience with a full degree-level qualification. This style of university-level study means you gain a full honors degree, earn a wage, and gain valuable work-experience at the same time. 

This is an ideal route if you are a school leaver looking for an alternative to a full-time university course, or if you’re an existing employee seeking to benefit from this higher-level training, but not able to enroll in traditional study. There are many routes for your career in podiatry.

Plymouth university offer this now: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/apprenticeships/students

What do I need to study podiatry? career in podiatry

In order to be accepted onto the podiatry course you will need to meet the academic requirements and also have experience and knowledge of the profession. We would advise you to gain this by:

  • Shadowing and work experience in podiatry
  • Contact NHS podiatry departments and private practice clinic
  • Visit the Zest Podiatry career page

Develop your career in podiatry further

What is podiatric surgery?

Podiatric Surgery is a specialist field of practice within the Podiatry. Podiatric Surgeons are Podiatrists who have had extensive postgraduate training in the surgical management of foot and ankle problems.

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