What is the difference between Podiatry and Chiropody you say? well there is absolutely none, sorry to burst your bubble so early on.
Thankfully, the idea that a Podiatrist is more qualified than a Chiropodist is a dying myth.
The titles Podiatrist and Chiropodist are protected under the law, and can only be used by registered healthcare professionals.
The term Podiatry, was first used in the United States dating as far back as the early 20th century. Chiropody is an older term, and is commonly used in the UK.
The root word ‘pod’ seen in chiropody and podiatry comes from the Greek word ‘podos’ meaning foot.
The rest is history to be told, and history in the making.
In the UK, Podiatrists go to college to complete an undergraduate degree in Podiatric Medicine.
Many go on to postgraduate study, specialising in different aspects of the profession.
In the UK, approximately two thirds of Podiatrists work in the National Health Service NHS, and the remaining third work in private practice.
Podiatry is a caring profession, and every podiatrist strives to improve the health and quality of life of individuals, in the community they serve.
My career has spanned over a decade working in the national health service, and in recent years I have gradually moved into private practice. I get the job satisfaction of being able to help others in my work everyday. I can say, I am proud to be an ambassador of the Podiatry profession.
To find out more on careers in Podiatry, visit The College of Podiatry website.