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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

The Role of Chiropody in Foot Care

A chiropodist is a specialised foot doctor who treats people suffering from common foot problems such as bunions and ingrown toenails.

Their role is to advise you and your family on how to take care of your feet and the type of shoes that you need to wear. Chiropodists can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems such as fungal or ingrown toenails. They can also treat calluses and corns, verruca’s, smelly feet, cracked heels and athlete’s foot, and also help to ease the pain of people who have diabetic foot ulcers and diabetic foot.

How Does A Chiropodist Treat You?

If you are suffering from any kind of minor or serious foot issues then you can visit a chiropodist. They can help you by professionally removing calluses and hard skin from your feet. They can clip your toenails if you have fungal or nail infection and give you professional advice on the best ways to take care of your feet.

A chiropodist might also advise you to wear specific shoes or custom orthotic inserts to help you with your condition. In case your feet are flat or there are high arches in your feet then a chiropodist can provide you with a customised support that is suitable for your feet so that you feel more comfortable in walking. Orthotics is custom-made insoles that are used to minimise the symptoms that result from biomechanical problems. These insoles are usually provided to control excessive pronation called fallen arches and flat feet but they can also prove to be useful for many other conditions.

The emphasis of most chiropodists is on prevention rather than surgery as being the best form of medicine. Therefore, in order to address the foot pain, they emphasise more on the patient taking care of their feet by wearing proper footwear and using orthotic inserts.

So, if you are suffering from any of these foot conditions or other foot related injuries why not book in for an appointment with Danielle Willis, Chiropodist with Parkway Back and Foot Clinic today.


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