A podiatrist is the modern term for Chiropodist. They investigate, diagnose, and treat common foot disorders. Pain and discomfort from the foot can affect mobility, and consequently, quality of life. They try to foresee problems and give advice before the damage is done. Advice is also given in an attempt to avoid it reoccurring. Chiropodists and Podiatrists are medically qualified and fully trained professionals who deal with foot health and nail care. The Health Professionals Council keep a Register of health and care professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour, and health.
In the constantly evolving field of medicine, Chiropodists and Podiatrists must constantly keep updated by continuously learning, with an ultimate goal of improving patient care. Continued professional development is paramount. One way to keep informed of the latest development is through the Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists, who keep their members fully informed with news and annual conferences.