Chiropody/Podiatry... Whatís the difference?

Actually - NONE!


Prior to the act of 2003, anyone could call themselves a chiropodist, whether or not they had had any training or experience in this profession. The only difference between the chiropodists who had successfully completed the 3 year full time training  and the others, was the allowed use of the title State Registered. The public however didnít notice a difference in the titles and were not able to make an informed choice as to what sort of training their chosen practitioner had. This failed to protect the public.


Despite the Society of Chiropodists lobbying government for years the profession remained unprotected until 2003.


In the meantime, those of us in the profession who carried the title of State Registered Chiropodist voted to change the title Chiropodist, to that used by our American friends, Podiatrist. This was in the hope of getting this new title protected. Unfortunately, the process of protection of title was too slow and both titles were starting to be used by all.


Since the formation of the Health Professions Council (HPC) in 2002 by the government, only people deemed to be competent in the practice of Chiropody can now use the title along with that of Podiatrist.


What we now appear to be experiencing within our profession is a split occurring between the two titles, Chiropodist and Podiatrist. Although not legally different, the two titles are starting to indicate different aspects of our profession.


Nowadays, Chiropody seems to be used to describe the traditional practice of routine work such as nail cutting, corns and callus work. However, since the Society of Chiropodists expanded our expertise and training, new skills were acquired such as nail surgery, prescribing rights, bio-mechanics (lower limb problems, sports injuries and arch supports etc) and postgraduate studies into foot surgery (Podiatric surgeon). Chiropodists with these skill sets, appear to be using the updated title of Podiatrist. However, a Podiatrist does still cover all the previous routine work.


The Society of Chiropodists then became the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists, and in 2018 the name was changed to The College of Podiatry.


We are extremely proud of our training and many of us still use the title of State Registered in the hope that the public will recognise our previous training. This training was originally the only qualification in chiropody that was recognised for employment in the NHS.

Text Box: Matthew and Claire Blandís Chiropody and Podiatry Clinics

Essex Podiatry

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