Podiatrists are registered professionals who assess, diagnose and treat conditions of the feet and lower legs.

Podiatrists treat a number of conditions including conditions affecting bones, joints, soft tissue and blood supply. They work to prevent foot problems occurring, correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.

Podiatrists use a holistic approach to care.  This means that they will talk to you about any physical problems you may have and your emotional, psychological and social well-being.

Podiatrist is a protected title in the UK. This means that only people who have completed specific training (a degree) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council can call themselves a podiatrist. They are autonomous professionals. This means that podiatrists make their own clinical diagnoses and appropriate treatment choices.

To find out more about podiatry, visit the website for the Royal College of Podiatry 

To find out about regulations of podiatrists and to check that your podiatrist is registered, visit the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) website

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board – Podiatry and Orthotics information