What is Podiatry?
Podiatry (also known as chiropody) is medical speciality that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases defects and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb. This includes ankle and foot injuries, gait (walking) abnormalities, complications related to medical conditions such as diabetes, diseases of the skin and nails such as cracked heels, ingrown toenails, neuromas, fungal infections and other conditions.
Who needs to see a podiatrist?
This is simple – if your feet hurt then this is the way of your body telling you that something is wrong. Foot problems can also be prevented by visiting a podiatrist regularly for a foot health check-up. Remember prevention is always better than a cure!
Scope of practise:
Podiatry has a big scope of practise including
- Diabetic Care
- Routine Chiropody
- Sports Injuries
- Lower Limb mechanical abnormalities
- Minor procedures
- Nail Care
For a more information and details on specific conditions please visit our foot conditions sections.
Κυπριακός Σύνδεσμος Εγγεγραμμένων Ποδιατρών
The Cyprus Association of Registered Podiatrists was legally vested in January 2014. However, before the enactment of the act in July 2013, the Cyprus Association of Podiatrists was existent and which was established in 2003 with only 20 members. Today, there are 40 nationwide podiatrists who work in the private sector. The Association is governed by a seven-member Administration Board, which is elected by the General Assembly and remains in place for three years.
What is the difference between podíatros and podologos in Cyprus?
There is no different between these two. The health practitioner named podiatros renamed into podologos after voting of the Act No. 75 (I) / 2013, mainly for purposes of clarification and to avoid confusion with the medical profession. Nevertheless, a podologos - podiatrist remains the same health professional with the same qualifications and action as before.
(Reference: http://podiatry.org.cy/index.php/en/ )
The College of Podiatrists
About College of Podiatry
- the advancement of health in particular, but not limited to, the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions of the foot and lower limb;
- the advancement of research and education of the public in the art and science of podiatric health relating in particular, but not limited to, the prevention and the treatment of diseases and conditions of the foot and lower limb;
- the relief of poverty; and
- the furtherance of such other exclusively charitable purposes according to the law of England and Wales as the Trustees in their absolute discretion from time to time determine.
What do we want?
We want Podiatry to be recognised by the public, by fellow healthcare professionals, by policy-makers and commissioners of healthcare as being synonymous with foot health.We want to lead the development of an international model for podiatric practice.
We want to maintain the viability of the schools of podiatry, so that sufficient podiatrists are trained to meet the foot health needs of the population.
What do we do?We promote guidelines and standards of practice that are evidence based, ensuring patient safety and clinical effectiveness with a focus on outcomes.
We campaign to raise awareness among the general public and government that good foot health is an essential component of quality of life, that podiatry is a key element of preventative medicine; and we campaign against NHS down -gradings and job cuts, to ensure that essential services are not eroded further.
We influence the governments of the four UK countries, ensuring they understand that podiatry encompasses specialist care, surgery, general practice and public health and that it makes a vital contribution to the health of the population.
We focus on professional values, Practice & Standards; and better communications and enhanced public awareness.
We provide members with guidelines and standards relating to patient care, which must be adhered to, in order to comply with membership requirements.
Our policies are informed with the support of the UK’s most prominent podiatrists, scientists, and researchers and we seek to develop enhanced relationships with suppliers of podiatry products.
(Reference: https://www.scpod.org/about-us/ )
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that requires long-term medical attention to limit the development of its devastating complications and to manage them when they do occur. These three bodies provide a lot of help and useful information in regards with diabetes. We strongly advise the diabetic people to have a look on the information provided by these bodies.
Diabetes UK is a British-based patient, healthcare professional and research charity that describes itself as the "leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes." The charity campaigns for improvements in the care and treatment of people with diabetes. (reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_UK )
For more information please visit their website: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
American Diabetes Association:
American Diabetes Associationlead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.
- Fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
- Deliver services to hundreds of communities.
- Provide objective and credible information.
- Give voice to those denied their rights because of diabete
(Reference: http://www.diabetes.org/about-us/?loc=superfooter )
For more information please visit their website:http://www.diabetes.org/
Cyprus Diabetic Association:
For more information please visit their website: http://www.diabetes.org.cy/