Chiropody is a branch of medical science that involves the assessment and treatment of foot, ankle and lower limb disorders. This may include anything from treating a long-term ulceration of a diabetic foot or assisting a runner to compete in the London Marathon. A Chiropodist, also referred to as a Podiatrist, is an autonomous, primary care professional practicing in podiatric medicine that specializes in the assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot.
A Chiropodist will work as part of a team, including Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors in assessing the needs of their patients and managing both chronic and acute conditions affecting the foot and lower limb. A Chiropodist is capable of independent clinical practice and these skills can be provided without the need for a GP referral.