What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

In the UK podiatry is simply the new name for chiropody. The name was changed to podiatry in the early 90’s and this in part is due to podiatry being recognised as the international name.

The profession itself has evolved over the years and students undertaking the under-graduate programme are required to study for 3 or 4 years while receiving over 1000 hours of supervised practice to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems.  Following the under-graduate programme many podiatrists go on to study at master or doctorate level if they have a specialist area they would like to practice in.

Following my undergraduate programme I completed a master degree that involved studying a range of specialist areas including pharmacology, biomechanics and tissue viability.  In my opinion learning should be lifelong and this is a registration requirement set out by the Health and Care Professions Council to ensure that members meet the standards expected for continuing professional development.

Bruce McCulloch

Written by Bruce McCulloch

Bruce graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a 1st Class Honours degree in Podiatry in 2002, and later completed a master’s degree which involved studying advanced practice in biomechanics and musculoskeletal conditions. Bruce established Podiatry Shetland in 2010 and the business has steadily grown since, delivering a wide range of care for patients.