What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?

Podiatry is a branch of medicine that studies the whole of the lower limb, to become a Podiatrist you must study a Bachelor of Science Degree in Podiatry and be registered with the Health Care Professions Council. 

In the UK there is no difference between Chiropodist and Podiatrist, however Chiropody is the old fashioned term, in 1993 it changed to Podiatry. Podiatry is the internationally recognised name for practitioners that specialise in the lower limb and foot.

Chiropody to Podiatry is the same change as Chemist to Pharmacist, many people still interchange these terms. 

Chiropody can also be used as the word to describe routine podiatry including nail care, corns, callouses and verruca treatment.

Podiatry is seen to be more advanced than chiropody due to the evolution in the profession since 1993. Podiatrists now undertake minor surgery, prescribe medication, perform gait analysis, verruca needling, injection therapy, acupuncture, use ultrasound and shockwave therapy amongst other advancing treatment methods. 

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