Before the 1950’s, the word that was commonly used for individuals who provided foot care was chiropody, which is still commonly used among the British and Canadian. However, podiatry has gained a significant foothold in many parts of the world and has become much more commonly used in America. An individual who practices this form of medicine is able to assess, diagnose, and treat lower limbs.
What’s the difference between Chiropody and a Podiatry?
“Podiatrist” is the most common and up-to-date – this is because chiropody was given a new name in 1993, but both can help you with minor or more severe foot issues that don’t require a doctor.
What does a Podiatrist do?
A Podiatrist is a healthcare professional who can help prevent, diagnose and treat conditions of the feet. They can help with a wide-range of ailments, including day-to-day issues or more serious problems, such as preventing and correcting deformities, keeping people mobile and active, relieving pain, and treating infections.
- Thickened toe nails
- Athlete’s foot
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns and calluses
- Heel problems, including pain or cracked heels
- Sports injuries
- Hammer toes
- Arch drop
- Flat feet
- And more…
A chiropodist is also able to help with with foot odor, flat feet and other sports injuries. In addition, many chiropodists can provide a detailed assessment of how you walk or run, and whether this is impacting problems in your feet or lower limbs.
If you are in need of custom orthotics, at Care-Med Ltd we provide very detailed Gait and Biomechanical Examination done by our on-staff Chiropodist. This assessment is absolutely necessary to understand your walking pattern and make proper correction, provided by wearing custom made orthotics as well as modifications to your orthopaedic foot wear.
Gait and Biomechanical Examination is a part of documentation required by most insurance plan, to assess your claim eligibility for custom made orthotics or/and orthopaedic footwear.
Book an appointment with our experts at Care-Med LTD and get advice about footwear and/or foot health.