FAQs

What is a Chiropodist?

A Chiropodist, or Podiatrist, is a specialised foot doctor who treats conditions of the lower limb and common foot problems. A chiropodist can treat and alleviate foot problems, as well as advise you on how best to look after feet.

What is the difference between Podiatry and Chiropody?

Chiropody and Podiatry are interchangeable terms. Foot treatments were originally called chiropody, but this is now an older term that is being replaced by podiatry. Both chiropodists and podiatrists have acquired the same qualifications and experience and can treat the same problems.


Can a Chiropodist help me?


If you experience any kind of problems in your feet, even minor issues such as thickened toenails or cracked skin then you should visit a chiropodist. Most problems like verrucae corns and callouses can be treated on one session.


What problems do Podiatrists Treat?


A podiatrist can treat all kinds of foot and lower limb issues.


  • Pain in feet and ankles

  • Uneven Gait

  • Fallen Arches

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Bunion

  • Corn

  • Callouses

  • Verruca

  • Cracked Heels

  • Ingrown Toenails

  • Sports Injuries

  • Tendonitis

  • Foot Complication due to Diabetes

  • And More

Do I need a GP referral?


You don't need a GP referral to see a podiatrist. Your doctor may recommend that you receive treatment from a podiatrist, however if you are concerned about anything you should book an appointment with a podiatrist or chiropodist directly. 


Is Chiropody covered by private insurance?


Most health insurance companies and polices cover chiropody and podiatry treatments. If you are unsure just get in touch with your insurance provider. If you wish to claim back on your insurance then Barbara O'Connor Chiropodist & Podiatrist will provide you with copies of your receipts. 


When should I see a Podiatrist?


Any time you experience foot pain or notice issues like corns and callouses getting worse, you should consider seeing a podiatrist. A podiatrist is fully qualified to diagnose foot and lower limb problems. If necessary your podiatrist can liaise with your GP for further healthcare. If you are diabetic then you should visit a podiatrist regularly.