Chiropody vs Podiatry: The Modern Foot Care Specialist

Chiropody vs Podiatry: The Modern Foot Care Specialist

Chiropody vs Podiatry: The Modern Foot Care Specialist

When it comes to foot and lower limb treatment podiatry and chiropody are often used interchangeably. 

Chiropody originates from the Greek words “chiro” (meaning hand) and “pod” (meaning foot), emphasizing the manual aspect of foot care. 

The term “Podiatry” originates from “pod” (meaning hand) and “iatros”, which means “physician” in Greek. The change reflects the evolution of the podiatric profession as a recognised branch of modern medicine.

These two branches of medicine have virtually no differences in terms of education, scope of practice, and professional classifications. In this blog, we delve into the differences between podiatry and chiropody, the history and their roles in promoting foot health and overall well-being.

Podiatry is a medical profession focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot, ankle, and lower limb disorders. Podiatrists are extensively trained medical practitioners. Their comprehensive education covers both general medicine and specialised knowledge in podiatric medicine.

Reason for the change

The term chiropody has been traditionally used in the UK, and the term podiatry is recognised and used more internationally.

The UK adopted the term podiatry circa 2000 and it’s been used as the primary term ever since. 

Whilst there is still a use of both names, chiropodists are becoming more frequently referred to as podiatrists.

Scope of practice

Both podiatrists and chiropodists are highly trained medical professionals with extensive knowledge in podiatric medicine, allowing them to diagnose and treat a wide array of foot and ankle conditions, including complex surgical procedures.

They also carry out more basic foot care, such as routine nail trimming, callus removal, and general foot health advice.

Changing roles

As the world of modern technology has evolved, so has a podiatrist’s role. Skilled podiatrists are able to diagnose and carry out complex foot procedures and some surgeries, as well as musculoskeletal treatments and analysis.

What does a podiatrist do?

  • Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat feet and lower limb issues. At Active Life Podiatry our highly skilled team offer a range of services including:

    Routine Podiatry 

    • Ingrown or infected toenails
    • Fungal infections 
    • Involuted nails
    • Damaged nails 
    • Callus removal 
    • Verruca removal 
    • Painful corns 
    • Minor foot surgery

      Biomechanics and injury 

      • Biomechanical assessment 
      • Gait analysis 
      • Laser therapy 
      • Dry needling 
      • Acupuncture 
      • Injection therapy 
      • Foot and ankle mobilisation 

      Children’s Podiatry 

      • Ingrown or infected toenails
      • Fungal infections 
      • Involuted nails
      • Damaged nails 
      • Callus removal 
      • Verruca removal 
      • Painful corns 
      • Minor foot surgery 

      Children’s Injury Clinic 

      • Children’s biomechanical assessment 
      • Children’s mobility 
      • Developmental issues 
      • Children’s foot checks

        Orthoses

        We design and produce tailor-made orthosis or orthoses (such as insoles or shoe inserts) to support the foot, realign the feet, and correct gait problems or imbalance, as well as other walking or running pattern issues.

        Our orthotics are made in house for adults and children.

        To see a full list of our services, discover our price list or book your appointment with our expert team today. 

        So what’s the difference?

        In short – none! Both professions share a commitment to foot health and regardless of the title, seeking regular foot care from a qualified specialist is essential in maintaining healthy, happy feet.



To see a full list of our services, discover our price list or book your appointment with our expert team today. 

We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

  • To an active recovery following injury
  • To active, healthy feet for your family
  • To a personal best
  • To an Active Life

How to get your feet Summer ready

How to get your feet Summer ready

Get Summer ready with Active Life

Summer may seem a way off with all this recent rain, but it can take longer than you may think to get your feet Summer ready.

 Did you know the verruca virus can gain entry into the soles of your feet through sweat ducts. It can take anything from 2 weeks to 3 months for the verruca to visibly appear.

And fungal nails usually start because any untreated fungus on the skin (Athletes foot) can gain entry to the nails through damage to the nail bed. Early treatment is essential to prevent nail fungus which is unsightly and difficult to treat.

 As sandal season approaches, it’s important to take care of your feet at home and in the clinic.  

At home, soak your feet regularly in warm water for 10 – 20 minutes and giving them a little massage whilst you moisturise after will help with circulation and hydration. Keeping your toenails cut straight and not too short will help prevent ingrown toenails.   

If you’re worried about a foot condition, talk to one of our specialists today and we can get you tip top for Summer.

1. Your shoes matter

Wearing flip flops, flat shoes and sandals can cause problems including plantar fasciitis due to providing no arch support. Customised flip flops offer control and support, similar (although not as effective) as an orthosis. Book in for your customised consultation today

2. Get your skin and nails properly checked

Holiday swimming pools can be full of nasty bacteria and infection. Prevention is better than cure and a routine appointment will put your mind at rest as well as treat any infection early 

3. Hydrate your feet

Apply a specialist cream regularly to treat or prevent cracked heels. For mild cases of dry skin, you can exfoliate at home, followed by a moisturising foot cream. We recommend CCS foot care and keep the clinic stocked up. You can purchase through our Parsons Green HQ 

4. Sweaty feet can lead to infections

The soles of our feet contain more sweat glands than any other part of our body. Sweaty feet are more prone to fungal infections which can not only be unsightly, but can be painful and itchy too. These can be treated in clinic, or with our range of products available to purchase directly over the counter

5. Don’t forget your sunscreen

Every year, we see lots of people with sunburnt feet. This is not only painful and can cause blistering (which makes you more prone to infection) but it can also increase your chances of skin cancer. So don’t forget your feet when you’re applying sun cream. The higher the SPF, the better!

It’s always a good idea to get your feet checked properly. Active Life Podiatry offers a range of podiatry and chiropody treatments to keep you in top condition all year round.

We hope you found this blog useful, but as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give the team a call on 020 7381 6682  or complete our booking form to request a callback.



Need a helping hand getting your feet Summer ready? View our services or head over to the booking page to book your appointment today.

We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

  • To an active recovery following injury
  • To active, healthy feet for your family
  • To a personal best
  • To an Active Life
#WalkThisMay for National Walking Month

#WalkThisMay for National Walking Month

#WalkThisMay for National Walking Month

Now the evenings are a little lighter and the days a little longer, it’s the perfect time to get outside and in nature for a walk. 

Walking is not only great for your overall health, but did you know it’s also great for your foot health?

Here’s just a few reasons why:

  • It strengthens the bones and muscles in your feet and ankles 
  • It supports and increases flexibility in your muscles, tendons and ligaments 
  • It gets the blood pumping around your body, helping oxygen flow and increasing your circulation 
  • Oddly enough, walking can actually reduce swelling in the lower limbs (although please do check with your Podiatrist first) 
  • It’s great for a lower limb workout. Walking activates your calves, glutes, hamstrings and quads
  • If you suffer with gout, walking can help reduce pain caused by uric acid build up
  • Regular walking helps maintain a healthy weight and relieves stress on your lower limbs 

How to make the most out of your walks:

  • Make sure you wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Don’t forget, we make our orthotics on site so can tailor your shoes to your specific needs and return them quicker than most places 
  • Pain when walking is not normal – if this is happening to you, please get in touch with our team and we can help
  • If you’re taking part in a sponsored walk for charity as part of National Walking Month, let us know! Active Life will sponsor our patients £10 to help you on your way. 
  • So many of us are deficient in Vitamin D, so walking in daylight will help your natural exposure. Go get your daily dose! 

 Don’t forget to tag us on your walks @activelifepodiatry using #WalkThisMay 

If you’re in pain, don’t wait. Get in touch and we’ll get you back to an active life. 



 

Experts in movement and the treatment of foot pain and problems, Active Life Podiatry will get you back on your feet again.

#TakeSteps to look after your feet

Active Life have invested in high-tech specialist equipment and combined with their expert knowledge and technology can provide useful advice on your personal running style and how to improve.
National Foot Health Week

National Foot Health Week

Celebrating National Foot Health Week 

National Foot Health Week is back for 2023 and runs April 17th – 23rd  

In our lifetimes we walk an average of 115,000 miles, but our feet are one of our most neglected body parts when it comes to maintenance and care.  

Routine podiatry is a part of regular maintenance to keep feet healthy, not just for when you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Our feet undergo a lot of stress just by carrying our bodies. If you are experiencing ongoing problems such as, dry, excessively moist skin or fungal infections then a routine podiatry appointment is for you. 

Podiatry appointments should be thought of like an annual eye test.  

We can treat existing conditions and help with pain management, advise on lifestyle adjustments to promote foot health, check and recommend appropriate footwear, spot potential issues early and prevent future problems. 

Did you know feet problems can indicate other underlying health problems so it is important we take care of our feet and see a podiatrist as we would with any other body part and specialist.  

What you can do for National Foot Health Week 

  • Book an appointment with your chosen Active Life Podiatrist  
  • Book or encourage your family and children to get their annual foot health check 
  • Talk to your friends, relatives or colleagues about your experience  
  • Refer Active Life Podiatry to your friends and claim 10% off your next Routine appointment*  
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for tips on how to look after your feet 
  • Share your experience at Active Life Podiatry by leaving us a Google review.  

Things to look out for  

Some common conditions we see in clinic that can grow worse if left untreated are: 

  • Athlete’s foot  
  • Corns and calluses  
  • Ingrown toenails 
  • Chilblains 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Verrucae  
  • Gout  

Why not add National Foot Health Week to your calendar as your annual reminder to get your feet checked.  

We look forward to seeing you in clinic soon. 

 

*Subject to availability and excludes treatments with John   

 

Whether it’s a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis or a pain management plan, our experts are on hand to help. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go. Let us help you get there.

#TakeSteps to look after your feet

Active Life have invested in high-tech specialist equipment and combined with their expert knowledge and technology can provide useful advice on your personal running style and how to improve.
Activate your personal best

Activate your personal best

Activate your personal best

We have two clinics, our flagship in Parsons Green and our second clinic in Fulham. Lots of our patients are keen runners and many enjoy the challenge of local running clubs and races.

We’ve helped thousands of patients overcome injury and get back on their feet, as well as supporting many on their performance journey; with biomechanical assessments, gait analysis and more.

Will this be the year your activate your personal best?

We’ve shared a few of our favourite races and running clubs, but there a lots more available. If you’d like to add your favourite to the recommendations, please email us at info@alpodiatry.co.uk

 

Join a running club

Whether you’re looking for a serious sweat, scenic river runs or a light jog to a different coffee shop, we’re spoilt for choice in the Fulham, Putney and surrounding areas.

Clubs have members of all speeds and abilities, so you’ll always be able to find someone at a similar ability or just a little bit faster to work towards. Even if you don’t want to enter races, simply improving your fitness and being a part of something is a great way to stay active.

Spending time with people that share your goals can be hugely motivating and help foster great new friendships.

Our top picks:

 

Running in a race

There’s nothing like a hard deadline to get you motivated! Whether you’re a first time runner or an esteemed athlete – there’s a race for you.

If you’re in a running club already, you’ll more than likely be taking part in races with people you already know so you’ll have you’re you’ll own personal squad of cheerleaders.

Here are our top picks for upcoming local races:

February

March

April

May

June

September

 

Whether it’s a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis or a pain management plan, our experts are on hand to help. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go. Let us help you get there.

#TakeSteps to look after your feet

Active Life have invested in high-tech specialist equipment and combined with their expert knowledge and technology can provide useful advice on your personal running style and how to improve.