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With over 40 years of experience, Doncaster Foot Clinic has a team of podiatrists that offer a variety of services. But, one of the questions you might be wondering is what is podiatry? So, without further ado, let’s have a closer look at what  podiatry is and why you should consider seeing a podiatrist. 

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a specialised branch of medicine that focuses on the care of your lower limbs and feet. Podiatry is essential to your health and welfare because happy, healthy feet promote quality of life.

Throughout podiatry, there is a range of treatments for common foot problems, including blisters and verrucas. Through detection, diagnosis and bespoke treatments, podiatrists are able to prevent future serious conditions with corrective imbalances.

Many people may believe that some foot injuries and conditions are incurable. However, this is just a misconception. In fact, treating problems with the feet can benefit other areas of the body as well, including the knees, hip, back or neck pain!

Podiatrists vs. Chiropodists

At our Foot Clinic, we have used both the terms “podiatry” and “chiropody”. So, what are the differences?

You might be surprised to learn that there are none! There is no distinction and the terms are interchangeable. However, the most popular and current term is a podiatrist. The name was changed in the UK in 1993 and is globally recognised to mean a foot expert.  

What Foot Conditions Will Podiatrists Treat?

In podiatry, there are numerous issues surrounding feet and lower legs that can be treated by a specialist. Here are just a few of the main examples:

  • Toenail Reconstruction – the cosmetic restoration of damaged nails
  • Wart and Verruca Removal
  • Nail Surgery – treating ingrowing toenails 
  • Fungal Infections, Verrucas,  Corns and Hard Skin
  • Orthotics – custom insoles to prevent any biomechanical issues of the body

Why Should You See a Podiatrist?

If you have discomfort or an injury in any part of the foot, you should consider seeing a podiatrist. Without proper treatment, there is a chance that these problems will manifest and affect other areas of your body. Your feet carry the entire body. So, it is important that they are in the best shape possible to not affect your physical movements. 

There are certain situations that a specialist can help with. For example, if you suffer from diabetes, this can cause nerve damage in the feet and other areas. In podiatry, a specialist will regularly test your nerves and circulation, as well as advise on home solutions you can utilise in order to prevent any potential complications from diabetes. Also, if you take part in a lot of sports, you may be more likely to cause damage to your feet. Seeing a podiatrist will help ease any pain from sports injuries  by helping to reduce any inflammation. Find out more about our biomechanics services here.

About Doncaster Foot Clinic

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which ensures our podiatrists are trained to the highest standards within the industry. With over 40 collective years in podiatry, we offer various foot care and treatment services, carefully tailored to meet your individual requirements.

Give us a call at 01302 342 971 and speak to one of our podiatrists today. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news and most up-to-date foot care treatments. 

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What is Podiatry?