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Chiropodist / Podiatrist: What’s in a name?

So many people ask us what is the difference between a Chiropodist and Podiatrist and we answer that nowadays there is no difference. Our society; the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists introduced the term Podiatrist in 1993 as it’s the internationally recognised name for a foot specialist and also to help distinguish State Registered Chiropodists (those that had undertaken a 3 year training course) from Chiropodists that had done a home study course.

Nowadays both titles are protected and anyone calling themselves either title have to be registered and regulated by the Health Profession Council (HPC) Health Professions Council

Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg and these days in the UK training consists of a Bachelor of Science degree undertaken for 3 or 4 years full time at University.

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