There is no significant difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. The term chiropody is defined as the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of foot diseases and disorders. On the other hand, podiatrists are trained foot health practitioners registered and regulated under the Australian Chiropodists Act. Typically, podiatrists trained in Australia after 1993 are registered or referred to as chiropodists. However, some people use the terms podiatrist and chiropodist interchangeably.
To qualify for the practice, both chiropodists and podiatrists must complete and pass comprehensive board exams and provincial licensing tests. They also need to be registered with the Health Care Professions Council, an independent body responsible for maintaining professional standards.
What does a Chiropodist Do?
A chiropodist is a primary care professional trained to treat and prevent foot disorders exclusively. They provide patients with a thorough nail and skin care, conduct soft tissue surgeries using local anesthetics, and prescribe custom orthopedic footwear and ankle-foot orthoses. Your foot doctor can also prescribe anti-inflammatories and antibiotics based on your condition. At Gen Physio, we specialise in preventive care, assessment, diagnosis, treatment of problems affecting the feet and lower limbs.
A chiropodist helps with various foot disorders ranging from mild to severe problems. These professionals can also prevent or treat infections and correct deformities to keep people (of all ages) active and mobile as well as relieve pain. At Gen Physio, we diagnose and treat various foot problems, including:
- Sports injuries
- Heel complications, including cracked heels
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel pain
- Athlete’s foot
- Flat feet
How can a Chiropodist help?
You may have to see a chiropodist for assessment and treatment if you have unusual growths like verrucas and warts, skin cuts or cracks, painful feet, discoloured nails, or other foot-related issues. They can give you tailor-made insoles (orthotics) and arch supports to ease heel pain. The orthotic is inserted in your shoe to improve comfort and realign your foot.
Of course, you can see a podiatrist even if you feel your feet are in perfect condition. For instance, you may want your toenails clipped or hard skin on your foot removed. These are sound reasons to schedule a session with a foot doctor.
In addition, a chiropodist can advise you on the most appropriate footwear and ensure that you’re taking good care of your feet. These professionals can also help with more complex foot issues, including preventing and treating sports injuries.
Book a session today with Gen Physio
Whether you have a foot problem or looking for a routine foot assessment, Gen Physio is ready to help you. Please fill out our online referral form or call us at 1300 122 884 to schedule an appointment for mobile podiatry services with our health professionals.