Podiatrist Clinic

Aims of Podiatrist Clinic

Our future aim is to set up a podiatry practice in Manchester / Trafford / Salford / Cheshire. We do not currently offer podiatry services, so please click this link if you what to find a podiatrist. We will, however, be able to offer all aspects of podiatric treatment in due course! In the meantime, we have set up the podiatrist clinic website in order to provide helpful information about ailments of the feet, knees and ankles, podiatric treatments that are currently available, advice about healthcare for the lower limbs and information about the role of the podiatrist. We shall also provide information for podiatrists such as podiatry research news and advice about podiatry equipment, for example our Podiatry Dust Extraction Drill Review!

Are you a podiatrist looking for employment? Please visit our page of podiatry jobs.

Advancements in Podiatry and Chiropody

PodiatristClinic.co.uk is dedicated to providing up to date information on podiatry, including current podiatric research, new diagnostic procedures, advances in podiatry treatments and techniques, innovation in podiatry equipment design and clinical / healthcare procedure.

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Podiatry and Chiropody Treatment

The most commonly asked question about Podiatry and Chiropody is:

What's the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as it's the international recognised name for a foot specialist and also as it's slightly more appropriate; 'podiatry' refers just to feet while 'chiropody' refers to both feet and hands.

Podiatry Pages, 2008.

What is Podiatry? - Definition of Podiatry

Podiatry is not just about cutting toenails! Podiatrists are involved with the care and treatment of all aspects of the feet, ankles, knees and lower limbs.

Podiatry (also known as chiropody) is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists (chiropodists) of diseases and other disorders of the feet. Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, 2009. Foot health information, Common problems.

What do Podiatrists do? - The Work of Podiatrists

Podiatrists work to improve the mobility, independence and the quality of life for their patients by providing preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and lower limbs.

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, 2009. Careers in Podiatry.

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Federation of International Podiatrists Ten Tips for Healthy Feet

Below are tips for keeping your feet healthy, provided by the Federation of International Podiatrists:

  1. Foot pain is not normal. Do not ignore foot pain. If pain persists, see a podiatrist.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly, look out for changes in color and temperature. Check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Thick or discolored nails are a sign of developing fungus. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet can indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not normal.
  3. Wash your feet daily, especially between the toes, making certain that you dry them completely.
  4. When cutting your toenails, cut them straight across, but not too short. Cutting nails at the corner or along the sides can lead to ingrown toenails.
  5. If you have blisters do not pop them. Instead, protect blisters by cutting a hole in a thin piece of foam and placing it over the blister, or cover them with a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.
  6. Make sure your shoes fit properly. It is best to buy new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest. Have your feet measured while standing and if your feet are different sizes, buy shoes in the size of the larger foot. Beware of shoes that need to be “broken-in.”
  7. Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day. Alternative your footwear. When traveling, pack several pairs.
  8. Keep your shoes in good condition. Run-down heels put uneven pressure on your foot, which can cause pains throughout the body.
  9. Do not forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet.
  10. Apply ice if you suspect a fracture, sprain or dislocation in your feet. Do not use heat or hot water, which promotes blood flow and greater swelling.

For more information about looking after your feet, please see our frequently asked podiatry questions Footcare FAQs page.