A podiatrist is a health care professional who has been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and the lower limbs. Podiatrists are required to be registered under the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
It is generally advised to see a podiatrist when you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, or any other foot-related problem.
Tailor-made insoles, padding and arch support to relieve arch or heel pain can also be prescribed by a podiatrist.
Even when your feet are generally in good health, you might want to consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly.