Find a Podiatrist

Find a Podiatrist

There are many reasons you may want to find a podiatrist; it may be because you are suffering from a foot problem or disorder, it maybe that you are just looking for help and advice regarding feet or you could be looking to see one on behalf of your child to seek reassurance in their development. Whatever the reason there are a number of ways to find a podiatrist.

GP or Doctor

If you have gone to your GP, Doctor or district nurse with a foot disorder, upon inspection it may be required that needed to be referred to a podiatrist. This is because they can offer in depth advice and treatment to feet that doctors maybe can`t. Podiatrist are qualified in the study and treatment of the foot and lower limb making them experts in dealing with all kinds of foot problems. If you have been referred by your doctor there will be no need for you to find a podiatrist, this will be done by the doctor on your behalf. Depending on your situation and the seriousness of it, you make get treatment from an NHS podiatrist, these can be subject to waiting times and it could take a while. If it is necessary and you agree to it you could be referred to a private clinic. If it is required you may also be able to receive the care from home in the form of a home visit.

Finding a private podiatrist

There are numerous different ways to find a podiatrist that is close to your area, there are many different private clinics offering assessment and treatment of all foot problems. Using the internet to find a clinic can be an excellent way; many clinics have websites detailing their services along with directions and staff profiles indicating podiatrists' qualifications. Using a search engine such as Google, Bing or Yahoo can put you in touch with lots of clinics. Many of private clinics provide evening and weekend opening hours and home visit capabilities, making it easier for the patient to be seen to.

Using a local directory can also help you find a podiatrist in your local area. The Yellow Pages and Thomson Local will have sections dedicated to podiatrists and chiropodists.

Podiatry services can also be found privately in other sectors, one maybe a health or beauty spa. Spas have dedicated areas that specialise in podiatric methods such as:

  • Dry and cracked heel restoration
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Foot odours
  • Corn and calluses treatment

Physiotherapists can also provide podiatric treatments including, rehabilitation from surgery and treatment of sporting injuries.

Accreditation

Before booking an appointment with a podiatrist it is important to know that they possess all of the correct qualifications and accreditations. Every podiatrist in the UK should be a member of the Health Professionals Council and should be accredited to one of the following organisations:

  • The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
  • The British Chiropodist and Podiatrist Association
  • The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists