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Give your feet a treat, by podiatrist Yvonne Calvert

Podiatrist Image for Issue 1As the warmer weather has arrived and the sun is shining, it’s a great time of year for getting out and about enjoying a nice walk in the fresh air. But, if you have problems with your feet it can take the pleasure out of a lovely spring walk.

It’s a good time to check-in with your podiatrist or chiropodist to get those niggly foot problems cleared up. Podiatrists and chiropodists are defined as specialist professionals who treat foot problems. This covers a multitude of often painful conditions such as in-growing toe nails and thickened nails, corns and calluses due to undue pressure on certain areas of the feet. All these conditions can easily be treated and advised upon in a single consultation with a podiatrist or chiropodist. There are many other foot problems we can treat including foot strain and symptoms of metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis and heel pain, many of these are occupational or sports related.

In my practice, I am often asked what the difference is between a podiatrist and a chiropodist.

The answer is “none”. One name comes from Greek origin the other from Latin – both names mean a specialist who treats problems of the feet.

In 2006, the names chiropodist and podiatrist became protected titles by the governing body of the Health Professionals Council. It is now illegal for anyone to use this title unless they have completed a recognised training course.

Yvonne has appointments available on Tuesday and Fridays in the Osteopathic Clinic in Greenock.