Uckfield Podiatry is a friendly, local foot clinic based in Uckfield, accessible from the High Street. We offer a full range of treatments, from routine footcare and minor surgery to sports injury and foot pain management. We share our premises with Uckfield Chiropractic Clinic.
Lead podiatrist – John Hawes BSc (Hons) BEng PGCert MChS.
John has many years experience of podiatry in both the private and public sectors. He has worked as an associate podiatrist in clinics in Brighton and Lewes, and still works for Sussex Community NHS Trust in a specialist role. He has a keen interest in biomechanics and all aspects of musculoskeletal podiatry, building on a background in mechanical engineering (which he studied prior to podiatry).
Short answer: They mean the same thing.
Long answer: The words are interchangeable to some degree, although in the future the word chiropody will be phased out. The main reason for the change in terminology was the UK catching up with the rest of the world, as we were the only ones not using the ‘P word’. All training is now done under the banner of ‘podiatry’, and that has been the case for roughly 30 years. In those 30 years the profession has changed a great deal with new specialisms, new treatment techniques and a more holistic approach to foot health. Many people use the word ‘chiropody’ to refer to the routine aspects of work that we do, such as cutting toenails, treating hard skin and other lesions. So in essence, podiatry now has a much broader scope than chiropody.