What’s the difference between a podiatrist, chiropodist and a foot health professional?
Podiatrists who perform podiatry and Chiropodists who perform chiropody are similarly trained to a degree level and are both registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Both titles are protected by law and professionals are qualified and insured . Both professions treat, diagnosis and prevent conditions of the lower limb including the use of surgery, orthotics, biomechanics and some specialise in certain areas such as sports, paediatrics, vascular, and acute diabetic care.
Foot Health Professionals (FHP) are qualified and insured professionals who carry out all the essential foot health maintenance treatments including corns, callus, diabetic foot care, nail cutting, general foot care, verrucas, fungal infections and athletes foot to name a few.
5 Reasons for having your foot health checked
Part 1: Helps diagnose conditions and treat them
Part 2: Feet carry the full weight of our bodies!
Feet carry the full weight of our bodies so they play an important part in our daily activities. Our feet and lower limbs are often overlooked when it comes to Foot health care. We use them as often as we use our eyes so why not get them checked regularly.
Part 3: Great foot health helps with walking and running
Having problem free feet makes walking and running more comfortable. Your foot health could be stopping you from wearing certain shoes or playing certain sports. Overall good foot health can help to make you more mobile.
Part 4: Diabetes, poor circulation and damage to the nerves and lower limbs.
Foot health checks help those with diabetes treat and control any possible damage caused by poor circulation and damage to the nerves of the lower limbs. It’s also important to maintain foot health care as people with diabetes are prone to infections and ulcers.
Part 5: Good foot health can help you feel less self-conscious
Foot health care can help you feel less self-conscious especially on holiday or in the summer when we prefer to go barefoot or wear open toed shoes. Treatment of conditions such as athletes foot and cracked heels is easy with the assistance of a Foot health professional.
What to expect at your first visit to bodytonic clinic®
On your first visit our Foot Health Professional (FHP) will take you through a full case history and to discuss your needs and goals which you want to achieve. A full general and neurovascular assessment will be performed checking circulation and sensory reaction of the lower limbs. This will help to determine the condition which needs to be treated.
Once the assessment has been carried out and the condition has been identified treatment will then be provided. After treatment has been given, and where time allows, the foot health professional will also provide a gentle foot massage using moisturising and hydrating foot care creams. This will help to improve circulation, muscle tension and overall improved foot mobility. In addition, you will be informed on the next steps to take and how to prevent future problems.