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16th May 2022 
Blog. Winterfeet

What is the difference between a Foot Healthcare Practitioner, Chiropodist and Podiatrist?

Firstly Podiatrist is the more modern name for Chiropodist and do the same role.

A Podiatrist has completed a Degree including work based experience. This is a level 6 Qualification.

A FHP has studied 12 modules of Anthony and Physiology and then completed 2 weeks practical training. This is level 4. (Degrees are a Level 6 and A Levels 3) This is equivalent to half the first year of a degree.

This means that there is a great deal of overlap in the lower level of Foot Healthcare. An important part of my training was to recognise conditions that need to be refereed on to a private podiatrist or the podiatry team in the NHs. This means you can trust me to ensure to best service for my clients. If you require your nails to be cut as cannot reach due to mobility issues or they are too thick to cut, if you have a corn, verruca, ingrowing toe nail, heal fissures or calluses, then I am more than happy to help.
Below is a table to highlight the different areas covered by the roles:

Foot Healthcare Practitioner

Trim Nails & prevent nail problems
Trim Nails & prevent Nail Problems
Thickened nails
Thickened nails
Fungal infection nails and skin
Fungal infection nails and skin
Calluses Calluses
Minor ingrowing toe nails
Ingowing toes nail including full or partial nail removal
Dry & cracked heels
Dry & cracked Heels
Guidance on foot care
Gait analysis including Flat Feet, bunions, heel pain

Sports Injures
Minor Operations using anaesthetic
Orthopaedic insoles

So why not study the Degree to become a Podiatrist. I decided a career change in my late 40’s and wanted to help individuals including children and vulnerable adults who cannot leave their homes. I have a young family to whom I wish to continue to support so at the moment I am happy to be able to offer a part time simple service. This does not mean I have discounted ever doing the full degree and the professional course I have chosen will count to towards my degree. As a professional I must continue to learn and required to complete a number of hours of study either formally on a course or research.

My continual studies have been in Children’s feet, treatment of fungal nail, and treatment for verrucae, business skills & pedicures (a bit of pampering!). I am also a reflexology with additional training in Conception, pregnancy & crystal reflexology.

Are you winter ready?
Cracked, dry, painful or sore feet - Its that time of year when feet become ignored and neglected until their is a problem.

It is important to:

1. Keep nails short as they can get caught on socks and get damaged,
2. Make sure boots/shoes still fit so they do not cause corns, calluses or ingrowing toe nails from pressure from ill fitting shoes/boots.
3. Re-heel your shoes/boots as it can affect the way we walk, and our posture leading to back problems and calluses on your feet from pressure.
4. Cream your feet.
5. You may suffer from Athletes foot from being enclosed. If you do suspect you have this please speak to either a Foot Professional or your pharmacist about treatment. Don't forget to treat your shoes and wash you socks on a hot wash.
6. Chilblains - If you suffer from chilblains massage your feet, put on socks and use appropriate pain relief suitable with you own personal medical history (see advice from pharmacist if you are unsure). DO NOT PUT YOUR FEET ON A DIRECT HEAT SOURCE SUCH AS RADIATOR OR HOT WATER BOTTLE@17

Do not ignore any issues as easier to treat in the early stages,