Chiropody VS Podiatry? Whats the difference?

By , July 11, 2017 12:14 pm

The vast majority of us will all experience some sort of lower limb problem within our lifetime, so it’s important to know who to go and get help from.   Often people ask ‘should I see a Podiatrist or a Chiropodist?’ and ‘what is the difference between them?’  After 14 years of practice we can safely say that this is the most common question we get asked.

 The short answer is that there is no difference between them. The term Podiatrist and Chiropodist are legally protected and everyone using these titles has had the same training and should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).   Most countries no longer use the term ‘chiropodist’ which originally means to treat hands and feet, these days we tend to just focus on feet so we tend not to use the “chiro” prefix and retain the “pod” which means feet. Hence a chiropractor uses their hands to treat. Podiatrist is simply a more modern and accurate name.

We opt to use the term Podiatrist as all our Podiatrists hold BSc (Hons) Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine degrees and are adept at dealing with many foot pathologies including verrucaes, ingrown toenails (including nail surgery) and biomechanical assessment for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Neuromas, Capsulitis and many other foot conditions.

Now with the introduction of a Physiotherapist & an Acupuncturist we can offer you the optimum in holistic and multi-disciplinary care.


We can’t wait to see you at Foot Heaven.  Come in or give us a ring on 0114 2684000 and see how we can help keep your feet in tip top condition, assist with recovery from that troublesome running injury or have a look at that niggling foot condition.


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