About Chiropody

The history of Chiropody and what it’s now used for

Chiropody has been mentioned and used in some form since the time of the ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks, although it didn’t officially come around until the late 1800’s as a more generally used and accepted medical practice, and in the early 1900’s it was finally established as a society.

In the years since its recognition chiropody has grew to become a more recognised and used practice to treat foot problems. Chiropodists are healthcare professionals who are fully trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate conditions relating to the feet such as ingrown toenails, corns, athletes foot, dry feet,foot alignment, bunions, heel pain, gout and sports injuries. Chiropodists can be used to help with long and short term conditions, though medical recommendations are only made for people with long foot problems, they can also be used to help people who play a lot of sports or do a lot of exercise to help prevent, diagnose and treat injuries they may suffer or be at risk of suffering.

What a Chiropodist does

If you’re having trouble with your feet then a chiropodist can help, they will treat everything from the smallest foot conditions such as painful feet or thickened toenails up to the bigger issues such as foot alignment and recovery from injuries. Although many people may think their feet are fine it’s advisable to see a chiropodist from time to time to take a look at your feet, as trained professionals they can give you advice and help in maintaining your feet the correct way, and provide you with treatments to keep your feet healthy. Better than a beauty salon foot spa where the work is superficial, a chiropodist will carefully look at your feet helping to make them comfortable and giving you the best advice and treatments on how to maintain and care for them in the future.

Not only can they help with the small issues and making your feet more comfortable and healthier but they can also help with spotting and treating potential foot problems that may occur before they turn into serious issues. Chiropodists can help treat ailments using a range of techniques such as hard skin removal, nail clippings, advice on footwear to best support your feet, provide insoles for inside shoes or wart removal. Chiropodists are one the most accessible healthcare professionals who can cover all your foot care needs.

Treatments Chiropody can help with

Covering a range of foot problems chiropodist can give advice and help treat a range of foot issues such as toenail problems, fungal nails, ingrown toenails, thickened toenails, corns, calluses, verrucas, athletes foot, smelly feet, dry feet, cracked heels, flat feet, sports related injuries, heel pain, blisters, gout and bunions. As trained professionals they can not only help with the day to day car of your feet, but can help to spot problems with your feet before they arise.

A chiropodist can help treat things like corns and calluses through treatments such as skin removal, specialist plasters, padding inside shoes and the application of salicylic acid. They can help with foot issues such as athlete’s foot and smelly feet by ensuring you are washing and drying your feet correctly and using anti fungal cream to help prevent the spread of any infection or problems. If you suffer from bunions and you’re struggling to remove them yourself then chiropody can help with advice on the correct painkillers, bunion pads, orthotics and footwear advice.

What happens in a Chiropody consultation

Consultations are nothing to fear, a trained chiropodist will work with you during your consultation to provide you with the best advice and treatment for your feet and will check during the consultations to make sure you’re keeping up with the correct care for your feet. During your first consultation the chiropodist will check question your lifestyle, medical history and carry out basic tests such as checking the circulation of your feet and the feeling you have in your feet and toes. They will then discuss with you what your concerns with your feet are, and work with you to come up with a suitable diagnosis and treatment plan. Chiropodists can usually help treat any minor issues, but they can also put in referrals if they discover anything more major that may be wrong with your feet.

Medically Recommended Chiropody and Case Studies

Since 2013 the Clinical Commissioning Group gave the power the local authorities to decide whether people could receive chiropody treatment through the NHS, and most long term foot conditions are usually covered. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance and recommendation that chiropody treatments can help with people who suffer with long term foot issues such as people who suffer diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and rheumatoid arthritis should use chiropody as a treatment to help ease their issue.

Throughout the years NICE has published a number of articles and case studies supporting the use of chiropody as a recommended treatment for foot care and dealing with foot issues. In 2014 they published a guidance for the management of peoples foot health with rheumatoid arthritis, the article outlines the aim, purpose, requirements and treatments best to use in chiropody for people with rheumatoid arthritis. To show their support for podiatry and chiropody they published an evidence summary stating why and how the UK needed to sustain a strong foot care workforce for the future. Most recently Mary Curie posted a case study supporting how effective chiropody can be for people who suffer with foot and lower leg issues to help them reduce pain and regain more movement and have more comfort in their feet. With growing support from varying bodies chiropody is becoming a more used, recommended and desired foot care service to choose.

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