There is absolutely no difference. For approximately 10 years since the HCPC (formerly HPC) was created, a registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist has been able to call themselves either of these
titles. Both are protected by law and only clinicians on the register can use these titles.
Some Chiropodists/Podiatrists perform foot surgery and specialise in operations such as toe straightening and bunion surgery, they are known as Podiatric Surgeons. A person who gives foot
treatment but is not on the register is called a Foot Health Practitioner.
Treat and diagnose conditions of the foot, some of the more specialist treatments are covered in later pages.
- Nail Cutting: Ideal if you are unable to cut your own nails, or have nails that are difficult to cut.
- Callus: This is an area of hard or rough skin and can appear on areas of the foot where there is excess pressure. Some people are more prone to developing calluses. Formation is a normal process
whereby the body tries to protect itself. If left untreated calluses can become unsightly and uncomfortable and can also split, leading to infection. At BFC we gently remove hard skin, apply
moisturising cream and give advice on the prevention of return.
- Corns: These are small areas of callus that have formed into a conical shape and can appear on areas of the foot where there is excess pressure. Corns can also appear between the toes – these are
known as soft corns. There are many reasons why corns occur, but foot shape and ill-fitting shoes are very common causes. At BFC we gently remove your troublesome corns. This is typically a pain-free
procedure and we always give advice on the prevention of their return.
- Cracked Heels: A common condition around the edge of the heel, pressure can build up and a callus can appear. As the callus enlarges the skin loses elasticity and can split. This can be extremely
uncomfortable and also unsightly if wearing open-toe shoes. To treat this we remove hard skin around the heels, apply creams and give advice on the management of this condition.
- Athlete’s Foot: An area of redness and irritation, usually between the toes, but also often seen on other areas of the foot. We give advice on the management of this condition.