Lilian Forbes practices Chiropody at the Highland Chiropractic Clinic.

Chiropody is a statutorily regulated profession concerned with foot health.

In 1993 the UK the name was changed to podiatry which many younger patients will be more familiar with. Podiatry is now the international recognised name for a foot specialist. In the UK those that graduated before 1993 will still use the title Chiropodist. Chiropodists treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems. The most common treatments are for corns, hard skin and ingrown toenails.

High risk patient management

The largest group is patients with diabetes who benefit greatly from regular foot care and advice, but also those with arthritis, neurological or vascular conditions tend to have 'high risk' feet and should see a Podiatrist or Chiropodist regularly. For the "at risk" patient this should be available on the NHS, but many prefer the convenience and shorter waiting times to go privately.

Biomechanical Issues

Some Chiropodists will deal with biomechanical issues, flat feet, shin splints, running injuries. Mortens Neuroma, Severs Disease, Plantar Fasciitis. At Highland Chiropractic Clinic these issues tend to be dealt with by Eugene Pearce, one of the Chiropractors who has a special interest in Lower Limb biomechanical injuries and Orthotic prescription. Often correcting a foot issue will improve foot, ankle, knee, hip or even lower back pain.