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Podiatry Services

Podiatry Services

A Podiatrist is skilled, trained and educated to assess, diagnose and treat problems of the foot and associated structures.

We recommend annual foot checks for all members of the family. Podiatrists are skilled in screening and health education, so a visit to the Podiatrist need not always be about sore feet. Your feet and your familys’ foot health are important. Podiatrists are able to provide advice on foot care, health education, gait analysis and footwear advice. Your Podiatrist can advise on workplace footwear the right type of shoes for you, or the most suitable shoes to prevent foot problems. Much of the work of a podiatrist is aimed at prevention and education. If you are diabetic you should be having an annual diabetic foot check. Your Podiatrist can perform this diabetic foot check and provide you with the necessary Diabetic foot care advice.

Podiatry services can be accessed via the NHS Podiatry Departments
It may be possible to access an NHS podiatry appointment via a GP referral. However, each area has a different criteria for access to the service. If you require NHS podiatry discuss a referral with your GP. In some areas self-referral to the Podiatry Department exists.

If you are not eligible for podiatry treatment as a NHS patient, we would recommend you seek the services of a Podiatrist who works in private practice.

To find a member of The Society who works in private practice use our "Find a Podiatrist" search to locate your local private practitioner.

You may also look in Yellow Pages under Chiropodists and Podiatrist. Many of our member have a separate advertisement detailing their practice services. Members can also be located in the corporate Society box  titled "All these Practitioners are Members of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists".

All the Full Members of The Society  have the MchS title.


Letter of qualification 

Registration with the HCPC now replaces the previous system of state registration. Some podiatrists may have used the phrase "S.R.Ch. State Registered Chiropodist" after their name, but this phrase should no longer be used and they should use the term “HCPC registered”.

The phrases and letters you should now look for are:


Acronyms and Membership of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

FChS: Fellow of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
MChS: Member of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
AChS: Associate of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
FCPodMed: Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine
FCPodS: Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Surgery
FCPodM: Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Management

Acronyms and Podiatry Relevant Qualifications 

DPodM: Diploma in Podiatric Medicine
BSc(Hons) Podiatry: Bachelor’s degree with honours in Podiatry
PgC (or PgCert) Theory of Podiatric Surgery: Postgraduate Certificate in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery
PgD (or PgDip) Theory of Podiatric Surgery: Postgraduate Diploma in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery
MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery: Master of Science in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery
   
Other post graduate education courses are undertaken in specialist area such as Homeopathy, Biomechanics, Sports Medicine, Dermatology and  Research.

To verify that a practitioner is registered with the HCPC you can access the HCPC Online Register.

Check your Health Professional is registered.

Find a Podiatrist

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