What is the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?
There is no difference between the two terms.
Podiatry qualifications explained
It is always wise to ensure that the podiatrist you see has the right qualifications. Make sure that you choose a practitioner who uses either podiatrist or chiropodist in their title, and is HCPC registered (HCPC followed by the letters CH and a number).
The podiatrist will also have one or more of the following after their name:
From the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP):
FChS: Fellow of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists ,
MChS: Member of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
MCPod: Member of the College of Podiatry
FCPodMed: Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine FCPodS: Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Surgery FCPodM: Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Management
From other Professional Bodies or Universities:
DPodM: Diploma in Podiatric Medicine
BSc Podiatry: Bachelor’s degree in Podiatry BSc(Hons) Podiatry: Bachelor’s degree with honours in Podiatry
FFPM RCPS(Glasg) Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
If the practitioner calls themselves a Foot Health Practitioner FHP, they have completed a private sector training course in foot care that is not recognised by the HCPC.