Cath Edmeades, Head of Profession for Podiatry
Podiatrists care for the feet, ankle and lower limbs. They are experts on the structure, function and health of these parts of the body. Podiatrists can specialise in areas like sports injuries, the musculoskeletal system and even surgery on the feet. They can help babies to older people with conditions like diabetes, dermatological and neurological disorders. Treatment can include preventing and managing foot problems, relieving pain, treating infections and prescribing medicines. Specialist Podiatrists in musculoskeletal services provide treatment and care planning related to disorders of the foot and ankle, offering injection therapy, exercise therapy and Electrical Stimulation Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). Specialist Podiatrists in long term conditions provide assessment and intervention for those with painful foot conditions which have resulted in reduced mobility and independence. Podiatrists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the professional body is The British Chiropody and Podiatry Association.