How to become a Podiatrist/Chiropodist
- Price: £5.99
- Published: September 2015
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
Podiatrists (also known as chiropodists) are qualified health professionals who diagnose and treat a range of conditions affecting the feet or ankles, including corns, calluses, verrucas, ingrown toenails, hammer toe, fungal infections and diabetic foot. Some podiatrists also supply orthoses (medical devices that are fitted to an existing body part).
Podiatry is a regulated profession, and it is illegal to practise under the title podiatrist or chiropodist without being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once registered, a podiatrist with sufficient practical experience can complete further training and qualifications to become a supplementary prescriber and/or a podiatric surgeon.
Most podiatrists operate in private practice, but some also undertake NHS contract work. Podiatrists often provide home visits as part of their service, for example treating elderly patients in residential care homes.
This profile provides information about starting up and practising as a podiatrist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.