Chiropody - Getting rid of Cold Feet

The average human being is a highly mobile social animal. Especially the urban dwellers tend to walk a lot more and hence use their feet more extensively. Therefore it is only natural that the routine wear and tear experienced by the legs takes form of leg / feet ailments over the course of time. Chiropodists and podiatrists are people specifically trained to treat leg ailments. This articles takes a qualitative look at the emerging trends in how people approach treating their leg ailments and at the science of chiropody as well.

Having mentioned the circumstances that necessitate a sizeable number of chiropodists, one must say that this field is only now getting an impetus. Like the old adage goes “Necessity is the mother of invention”. True to this adage, studies show that more and more people are consulting chiropodists these days and thus it has become a viable career option for many. Therefore there has been a considerable rise in the number of people pursuing chiropody. This has recently become easier with many well known medical universities offering a course in chiropody. This should not be thought as yet another 21st century thing.  This field has had a long history right from the medieval times.
The term “chiropodist” is a relatively new one. Before this the colloquial term “foot doctor” was used. Nowadays the terms both chiropodist and podiatrist have been used interchangeably by people. Even technically the two terms mean one and the same. There used to be a time when people generally did not trust chiropodists. This may well be attributed to the fact that there were not many chiropodists and also due to lack of knowledge among the general public. But now things have changed and we can see very famous celebrities and sports persons seeking the help of a chiropodist. Now how does one become a chiropodist? It is much easier now than it used to be. You can either become a normal doctor and then go on to proceed and specialize in chiropody or you can directly become one if such a course is offered. It is most common to see chiropodists of the second case for obvious reasons. Riding the tide of the recent success of chiropody, it is not uncommon to see fakes pretending to be one. So what should a person look for to see if he/she is a genuine chiropodist? Various registrations such as HPC, Mchs and Fchs should be enough for verifying. Since chiropodists do not come cheap, you do not want to waste your money on a pretender.
Chiropodists deal with every aspect of the feet and treatment of ailments concerned with the same. At times, they even have resort to surgery and usage of modern medical equipment just like how conventional doctors would. For years chiropodists were not organized and rare to find but now have associations and unions and have very good representation. Similarly in the UK, a chiropodist is affiliated with the “Society of Chiropodists”. Likewise you have numerous such regulatory bodies for chiropody. Thus if you are in need of a chiropodist, it wont be hard to find one. Say for example, one needs a chiropodist in and around New York or Los Angeles or Milton Keynes you can find one in a matter of few clicks in the internet. A chiropodist should not be confused with a chiropractor. A chiropractor deals more with the spine related disorders and the ubiquitous back pain. One can tend to ignore foot related ailments very frequently which can become chronic over the years .For such people, chiropodists are a boon. Not only do they get to cut down on the expenses in a regular hospital, but also they do get top class attention from them since they are specially trained for the job.
This increase in popularity and reach has dual benefits as well. Not only can patients find their prospective chiropodists faster. But also the chiropodists themselves can procure chiropody supplies without many hassles because of this. Another emerging trend is to see many chiropodists working together in a single place to maximize benefits and to cut down on expenses and also to provide better care to the patients by consulting with each other. There are various disciplines under the umbrella term “chiropody”. These include disciplines pertaining to reconstructive therapy, child related chiropody, sports related chiropody, diabetic and forensics related chiropody. Thus they cater to a wide range of people with leg ailments.
Though it is common to find chiropodists who are well versed in a particular arena, they also offer appreciable treatment for the other disciplines as well. This has been yet another important factor in triggering this surge in popularity lately. Interestingly, many of the common day to day problems that arise are related to chiropody. For example, a toe nail that starts growing inwards in your feet sprains because of tough physical exercise or sport or for the removal of rough skin. Common physical traits like flat feet go unnoticed and uncared for by people, which pose potential health risks in the longer run. These are avoided with professional help from a chiropodist who can help a person cope with flat feet by prescribing corrective footwear and suggesting the suitable ways to walk. In case of children, the most commonly viewed problem is the protrusion of foreign objects in the skin under the feet which can cause excruciating pain. All these are ably treated by a chiropodist.
It is undeniable that a chiropodist is fast becoming a regular feature of a family’s health routine .Before this it was dominated by a general physician and a dentist. But now people are coming to think of chiropodists on par with the other two. Not only sports persons but also average people tend to commute a lot in their fast changing lives and thus put a strain on their limbs. So this is the most important driving factor among many other factors that necessitate consulting a chiropodist.