Achilles Foot Health Centre
HCPC Registered
The Socirty of Chiropodists & Podiatrists

Chiropody

For you and your family and friends, when you need a safe nail, footcare or 'pedicure' type service

When you consult a chiropodist or podiatrist you are putting your feet in the hands of professionals that have the training, knowledge, skills to safely care for the feet. We have the facilities for full autoclaving to sterilise all instruments / tools after each client, usually we combine this system with a selection of single use disposable instruments, needles and blades - for full protection.

You are protected from risks of cross infection by consulting a chiropodist (or podiatrist) who is legally compulsory registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who regulate the profession; approves courses, and sets standards for many health and care professionals. The standards in a nail salon, with service from a nail technician or with a foot health practitioner / pedicurist may be different.

The instrument cleansing and autoclaving / sterilising system we use is recognised in dentistry, podiatry, medicine, surgery, and tattooing as the healthcare standard that protects you from the risks of bacteria, fungal, and viral (wart) infections, hepatitis, HIV / AIDS and CJD. As a part of this process, we test our system every time we cleanse and sterilise our equipment.

What to expect

So, when you or a member of your family have a need for a professional healthy nail and foot care service, we will take a medical history to make sure we work safely and we are aware of any health risks. You know the saying "if you don't ask you won't know"!!

As part of the footcare visit we will check the feet generally and identify and treat any other minor problems with the feet - nip them in the bud - to keep the feet comfortable. Often, there may be small pain free areas of callous / hard skin that may benefit from attention.

When we have agreed what care is needed, we will cut thin healthy nails where needed (or if there is a reduced ability to care for them), file the nails, clear the sides and smooth the corners, applying medicaments before and after to minimise infection.

Sometimes at the consultation, we may discover some issue in the feet that is beyond simple healthy nail and footcare, or you may flag up a painful, or minor concern which requires further work, or some of our other specialist skills. We would discuss the options and agree to sort the issue out, either, as part of that visit or by separate appointment depending on the nature of the need, type of treatment needed and the time available to us.

Why do we use the titles Chiropody and Podiatry?

In the 1990’s, the two terms - Chiropodist and Podiatrists became interchangeable as the undergraduate training developed to include new skills acquired from USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. However, in the 2000’s, the Health Professions Council recently renamed Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) took over the role of registration and regulation from the former State Registration Boards which included Chiropodists & Podiatrists. The HCPC decided to protect both professional labels for the safety of the public. These terms are, therefore, interchangeable and both are protected by law. Any person who uses either one or both of these two titles must have minimum standards of training and should practice to the standards set by and monitored by the HCPC. The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists is our professional body governing and supporting our work, training needs etc..

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