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.

The short answer is nothing. The qualifications are essentially the same and both are protected titles in law. A Chiropodist is a more old fashioned term used to describe the basic treatment of hand and foot conditions. Today’s training of Podiatrists represents significant advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle and lower limb conditions. As all our staff has completed extensive undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, the team at South West Podiatry refers to us as Podiatrists.

Our team of Podiatrists in South London has vast experience in Chiropody. We aim to remain competitive and our price lists for all our services can be found on our website here.

The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education and thereby improving the patient’s quality of life. A Chiropodist provides care to a diverse range of patients and can specialize in the following areas:
– Diabetic Care
– Sport Injuries
– Pediatrics
– Geriatrics
– Rheumatology
– Biomechanical and Gait Analysis
– Podiatric Soft Tissue Surgery
– Wound Care
Whilst the team at South West Podiatry is trained and experienced in all the above treatments, we particularly enjoy treating sports injuries of the lower limb and helping our patients get back to their sport.