What is Podiatry? 

The Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies has been producing Podiatrists for nearly fifty years. Initially we ran a Chiropody diploma but latterly the profession has renamed itself Podiatry to come into line with international trends and we now run a degree entitled BSc (Hons) Podiatry.  Podiatrist and Chiropodist should be seen as the same thing.   Podiatrists and Chiropodists practise podiatry.

Who are Podiatrists/Chiropodists?
Podiatrist/chiropodists are members of the Allied Health Professions. These professions are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). The terms podiatrist and chiropodist are protected titles and as such should only be used by people registered with the HPC. It is a criminal offence for any one to use these titles unless they are registered with the HPC. You can check if your podiatrist is registered by clicking on this link:  http://register.hpc-uk.org/lisa/onlineregister/RegistrantSearchInitial.jsp.

What is podiatry?
Podiatry is the clinical discipline concerned with the diagnosis and comprehensive management of foot and lower limb pathologies.  This involves the management of a wide variety of disorders, injuries and local manifestations of systemic conditions. This podiatric management may be curative, preventative or require long-term palliation or health education.  Podiatrists have opportunities to specialise in a diverse range of clinical practice including podiatric:

  • biomechanics
  • dermatology
  • diabetes
  • gerontology
  • paediatrics
  • rheumatology
  • sports medicine
  • surgery