The practice of chiropody is the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic or orthotic means. A Chiropodist (D.Ch) is a highly trained specialist in care of the feet. Chiropodists are concerned with the examination, diagnosis and prevention of foot disorders by mechanical, surgical and other means of treatment. Chiropodists are often called upon by physicians and other health care professionals for consultation and treatment of foot problems which can be experienced by everyone from children to seniors. A referral from your family physician, however, is not required to see a Chiropodist.
Types of treatment can include anything from routine palliative care of unmanageable toenails and calluses to diabetic ulcerations and infections, in addition to the biomechanical management of foot dysfunction through corrective orthoses.