In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993 as it's the international recognised name for a foot specialist and also as it's slightly more appropriate; 'podiatry' refers just to feet while 'chiropody' refers to both feet and hands.
Podiatry is the examination, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and malfunction of the foot and its related structures.
Podiatrists are specialists in the foot They identify the cause of problems, discuss what treatment options are available and most appropriate for the individual, and where appropriate co-ordinate care with other medical professionals to ensure the optimum care for their patients.
Maria Kampanella – BSC (Hons) Podiatry SRCH MCHS
Maria qualified as a podiatrist in 2007 from Southampton University, she has previous experience working in the public sector for the NHS and also privately at Scholls Chiropody. Maria is a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist and has experience working in local hospitals. She works for Ocean Health on a Monday and Thursday evening .
Jamie Luckie - BSC (Hons) Podiatry SRCH MCHS
Jamie is a HCPC Registered Podiatrist, qualifying from the University of East London in 2015 with a BSC (Hons) degree in Podiatric Medicine. Further to this, he also has a degree in Sports and Exercise Science which links him to having a keen interest in biomechanics. Jamie has a wealth of experience, as during his studies he worked as a podiatry assistant. He is highly motivated on achieving a successful career within podiatry, and currently works for Ocean Health on Fridays
How can a podiatrist help?
You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have problems such as:
- Hard skin
- Fungal infections
- Athletes foot
- Diabetic foot conditions
- Corns and Calluses
- Ingrown toe-nails
- Claw toes
- Hammer toes
These and others can be dealt with effectively by understanding their cause, and podiatrists seek to treat and cure where possible.
Podiatry is suitable for people of all ages, even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, and to receive advice on foot care.
What happens at the consultation?
At your first consultation, the podiatrist will usually cut your toenails, remove any hard skin and check your feet for other minor problems such as corns, calluses or verrucae. Usually, any minor problems that are picked up can be treated on the day.
Full Chiropody Treatment £34
This treatment includes cutting and filing of the nails, removal of corns and callouses, treatment of in-grown toenails if necessary, treatment for foot ailments such as plantar warts (verrucae), athlete's foot and dry / cracked heels. Finally the feet are buffed and creamed.
Simply Nails Appointments £20
Nail cutting appointments are also available for when nails cutting is a problem due to mobility difficulties, thickened or damaged nails or fungal infections.