Podiatry & Chiropody
Steps Healthcare, George Street, Hove
Podiatry, or as it is also more commonly known in the UK, Chiropody, is a medical specialism devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the leg, ankle and foot.
Podiatrists must undergo rigorous medical training at University which offers the Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc). Podiatrists must complete annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is monitored by HCPC to retain high standards and continued registration, making sure all Podiatrists keep up with the developments in the profession.
In order to practice, Podiatrists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and gain membership to The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (MCHS).
What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?
Technically there is no difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist. Podiatry is simply a more modern term adopted in the UK, along with many other countries, to reflect the advancements of treatment and regulatory changes within the profession. Chiropodists in the UK are being referred to as Podiatrists with a gradual incline, in the hope that the term Chiropodist will be void in the near future. Many people in the profession currently refer to themselves as both.
There is, however, a perception that chiropody is the diagnosis and treatment of more general foot complaints, such as corns, verrucae and fungal infections, while podiatry is involved in more specialist areas such as biomechanics and surgery.
What to expect during a treatment
After filling out your registration form prior to the appointment, your Podiatrist will talk through any issues you have and discuss how these can be addressed. Please bring a list of any medications that you are currently taking including over the counter supplements.
Issues such as hard skin, corns or even in-growing toenails can generally be treated during the same appointment, with a future foot care plan discussed to keep your feet in the best condition possible.
Who can benefit?
Everybody can benefit from having their feet looked at. Feet are your foundation and most people rely on them every day without even thinking about the hard work they do for us and the pressures we put them under.
Whether it be a general check or a course of treatment for a specific issue, we have appointments that will suit everybody.
You are entitled to have a chaperone present during medical history, examination and treatment. You must provide your own chaperone if one is required.
Address: 31 George Street, Hove BN3 3YB
Phone: 01273 567881