A chiropodist, or a podiatrist, is a medical specialist that knows a lot about lower limbs, and in particular feet. A chiropodist can help to diagnose and treat foot problems, and offer advice on how to take good care of your feet.
Chiropodists can offer advice about bunions, corns, heel pain, veruccae, althetes foot, ingrown toenails and other general foot pain. Most people do not need a chiropodist. If you are healthy you can keep your feet problem free simply by cutting your nails and cleaning your feet every day, as well as making sure that your socks are clean and your shoes fit properly. However, athletes often suffer from skin and foot conditions that need treatment, and people with diabetes may experience swelling or bone deformities that they need treated.
Older people also tend to need the services of a chiropodist in order to treat pain caused by bone deformities or arthritis. In addition, retail workers and others who spend a lot of time on their feet may need the services of a qualified podiatrist.
Your doctor will be able to recommend a chiropodist to you, or, alternatively you can contact your insurance provider and ask them to recommend one that is covered by your health insurance policy. Make sure that the chiropodist is qualified and registered with your local authority. Consider asking friends and family for recommendations so that you can find a reputable chiropodist or podiatrist in your area.
Note that there is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist, the two terms are simply different words for the same role. Contact the local health professional’s council or the professional association for chiropodists in your country and ask them for a list of qualified Mississauga chiropodists who can offer treatment in your area.