There’s actually no difference between podiatry and chiropody – podiatry is simply a more modern name. That’s why our practice is called Cockermouth Chiropody/Podiatry, as people get used to that proper title.

Podiatrists are here to assess, diagnose and treat foot complaints and, with the exception of nail surgery, we use non-invasive methods of treatment. Some podiatrists have specialisms too – like diabetes, rheumatology or sports injuries.

Podiatrists study for three years to obtain a degree in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine. We’re registered  with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) to protect the public – only fully qualified podiatrists are entitled to join the register.

Some podiatrists choose to go on to become podiatric surgeons following extensive postgraduate training. They’re highly specialised – in the same way a dental surgeon only treats your mouth, podiatric surgeons focus totally on your feet.

All podiatric surgeons also register with the HCPC and receive the award of Fellowship with training provided by the Faculty of Surgery at the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.

You can check the HCPC register here.

There are also foot health practitioners (FHP), who have completed a minimum of two weeks of training course. FHPs are qualified to carry out routine maintenance to people’s feet. We currently do not offer this service; however, they are valuable members of the foot care team but are not specialists and cannot diagnose or completed minor surgery, unlike a podiatrist.