Many of us take using and looking after our feet for granted; they are a part of the human body that is widely used yet often become neglected when it comes to taking care of them. When not looked after properly, feet can become subject to disorders and ailments making walking and movement of the foot painful. The practice of chiropody is something that is aimed at keeping the feet in healthy working order. Chiropody is carried out by a chiropodist.
Chiropodist is the medical name for a person that is licensed and trained to carry out the treatment of minor foot disorders; they can also provide helpful and informative advice on all aspects of foot care. If you are suffering from any problem regarding your feet and go to see your GP about the issue they may suggest chiropody as a solution and refer you to a qualified Chiropodist. However doctors referral is not always required and there are lots of chiropodists operating that can be seen to treat your foot problems whenever you wish, for reoccurring problems regular appointments can be arranged. Chiropodists can cater to all ages although there is specialist Paediatric Chiropodists available to work on the feet of children.
Diabetes suffers may be required to visit Chiropodists on regular occasions due to diabetes affecting nails, skin quality, blood circulation and joint movement. The feet of a diabetic are more vulnerable to infections than that as a non-sufferer making chiropody essential.
What treatments Chiropodists provide
Chiropodists provide treatment and advice on all minor day to day foot problems including:
- Corns and Callouses
- Plantar warts (verrucae)
- Athletes Foot
- Sweaty feet and foot odours
- Dry and cracked heels
Problems such as ingrown toenails can be prevented by chiropodists by having the nail cut correctly, any strapping or padding that may be required after treatment can also be provided with the treatment. Chiropodists may also be able to refer you to a Podiatrist if necessary for prescription orthotics or any kind of in-sole foot support that may be needed, you also may be forwarded to a Podiatrist if any of the problems you are suffering require more serious treatment.
Some chiropody practices may have staffs that are trained in biomechanics; this is the study of posture and walking. Chiropodists trained in this field will be able to provide expert assessment to check for:
- Flat foot
- Heel pain
- Knee pain
They can also look at and give advice on the way your body is structured when pressure is on the foot and when no pressure is applied, this can then help to change your walking pattern to alleviate any pain and prevent future damage to feet.
Where to find a Chiropodist
Chiropodists can be found easily; through your local doctor is one of the ways. Your local doctor may be able to refer you to a NHS Chiropodist; this may enable you to get treatment free of charge. Private Chiropodists can be found in local directories and across the internet.