What is the difference between a Chiropodist Vs Podiatrist?
In the United Kingdom, podiatry is now the name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in 1993. The change was made because a podiatrist is the international recognised name for a foot specialist.
It’s not just the name that has changed though. Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession, the extensive training given to students over the 3 or 4 years of their full-time course and the continuing education after graduation enable Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems. Along with the most obvious treatments for corns and hard skin, specialities exist within the profession for almost any lower limb problem.
What else changed?
Podiatry is a continually evolving profession. The in-depth training is given to students over their 3 to 4 years of their full-time study course. They also undergo continual education after they graduate. This enables Podiatrists to treat a wide range of foot and lower limb conditions.
What is an FHP (Foot Health Practitioner)? What is the difference?
Plenty of those previously using the term Chiropodist or Podiatrist who have not gained HPC registration have now adopted the title Foot Health Practitioner to replace Chiropodist or Podiatrist which they are no longer entitled to use.
The term Foot Health Practitioner is not protected by law. This means anyone can use it regardless whether they have any training or not.
Many promote the identical medical treatments as a podiatrist in places like Yell and online. This is now an offence and now can result in a large fine. An FHP is not to be confused with the 3 yrs. of training needed to become a fully registered Podiatrist.